the meaning of life has always been the same, to find each other. The first simple molecules floated about for millions of years searching for each other. Individually, they didnt stand much chance at survival. But together, they became complex. One example is the compound of glutamic acid and two glycine molecules. Individually, each of these molecules was easily destroyed by ultraviolet radiation. But put together, they were extremely stable.Once they found each other, they formed more complex molecules, which then began to self replicate. From there, these complex molecules evolved, eventually becoming bacteria and then creating DNA compounds. We kept finding each other until the first forms of life started, and after that, well we all know the history of life. The first homosapiens were primarily concerned with food, safety and fire. The best way to learn about these things were from others, so we started finding others, and learning their methods of survival. Soon after, we created language so we could understand one another. The thousands of years that followed, we ventured away from our homes to explore, and ultimately to find others like us. Once we reached a certain level of intelligence, we started creating transportation and forms of communication to contact each other faster and more efficiantly. Humans then created media and teachnology to find each other even faster.

But we know each other so well yet disagree on so much. If we all agree to be so much more, imagine where we could go? We evolved from bacteria for fucks sake, whose to say that the way we are now is it, the end of human evolution? we will always evolve! And the greatest evolutionary jumps always happen when we find each other. The launch to the moon brought together the entire country, and for most parts, the entire world. We all came together to do what? To go find others, in this vast universe. The moon was first. We saw it from the first time we evolved to create eyes. We prayed to it, and always wanted to reach out to it. And we did, finally in 1969. And the entire country, for once, became one. We created the Clean air act in 1970, the human rights act in 1971, equal rights act in 1972, the UN became nearly triple its size in 1973, and just so much more. For once we cared about each other, and the planet we lived on. Instead of making small talk by talking about the weather,we talked to complete strangers about space, the capability of the human spirit, and most importantly, dreams. Can you imagine? Instead of the common, "sure is nice weather we are having today" you talked to complete strangers about what they think about the space race, what they think the moon will be like, if they think alien life exists in some form, somewhere. It was such a magical time to be alive. We all dreamed of something bigger, and those thoughts led to thinking about all of our other dreams.

So my highdea is simply this: The human race needs Mars. The race to the moon brought forth all these programs to protect the earth and to protect each other from tyranny, oppression, and all forms of prejudice. It made us evolve into something completely different then we previously were. I mean, we lived in a place where women couldnt vote, no one cared about pollution, and equality among all was barely a concern. Can you just imagine, if we started really getting serious about going to Mars? What would we evolve to next? Just imagine the possibilities, friends. We have the technology, materials, and the know how. We just lack the motivation, and in large part, the care to do so. NASA's funding over the last 50 years has been less then 500 billion dollars. We are spending about that much each month in military spending. I'm not saying we dont need to protect ourselves, but cant we take a little bit out of that, the frivolous spending, and put it back into the space program? Wars seperate and alienate, space creates jobs, dreams, goals, and ambitions. Which do we need more right now?

I know one day we will reach Mars, whether it be a result of curiosity or need(we will soon start running out of materials on Earth, this isnt a viable home after about 70 years) remains to be seen. I just hope its the former rather then the latter.

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Wed, 07/25/2012 - 10:40pm
flemball06 Says:

this is evolution... but i feel that all these molecules are fueled by love, the heart, the soul, the undefinable. No doubt you got skills bro

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 10:28pm

Can you imagine trying to take resources from another planet? How much time and money spent to do that??? And we go there with a ship, and get enough resources to last 3 days, that's awesome...

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 10:30pm
Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:39am
Coach Says:

Molecules have none of those things. They're molecules.

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 11:08pm
Rugitout Says:

Great highdea.
Some would say that Bush declaring "war on terror" was suppose to have that effect. And for a couple years it did, until we all realized what a fucking waste of life, resources, and life it is.
Not to mention that veterans comprise the largest homeless population in the states.

Ton of your facts are off btw.

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:29am
yoinkie Says:

which ones? I'm sure my dates may be off, I wrote this highdea off memory, I guess I should have fact checked with google but oh well. But I do know all those bills were proposed or passed between 1970-1975, so still relevant, no?

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 3:06am
Rugitout Says:

I guess I didn't really mean facts. But more, maybe different opinions?
For example, I think the meaning of life is to procreate. Surivial of fittest right?
But my main argument is that I think (it is pessimistic) humans have always been bastards to each other, and will continue to do so.
Who ever won the space race would give a giant fuck you to either Russia or USA. Sure it was about dreams for the people who worked on it and the general populcae; but the space race was largely politically fueled.

However I do agree with you, that despite politics and shit getting in the way, for the common people getting A man to mars would be the equivilent of the moon landing for this century.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 1:02am

People are the only animals that can be bastards to eachother, but kangaroos don't have welfare and shut remember that. We have capacity for cruelnesss but also kindness

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 10:51am

"We have capacity for cruelnesss but also kindness"

You sir are an awesome individual, thank you for your optimism. If only people would realize it really is that simple.

Sun, 07/29/2012 - 2:25am
zcmck Says:

Mars isn't the solution to prolonging life. There are signs that it used to support life, but the ozone it used to have disintegrated like what is happening on earth right now. The ozone is caused by a magnetic field protecting the planet from deadly solar winds. Scientists, however, are studying it to figure out the solution to the disappearing ozone. If life does exist on Mars, it is probably very different to ours. I think we should take a trip there and find out!

Wed, 08/01/2012 - 12:08am

Yoinkie, did you ever dream of becoming an astronaut?
This is an incredible piece.
You said that we need to protect ourselves?
From who?
Because protecting ourselves from... ourselves is absolutely ridiculous. (Supplying military)
All that money being put into war, seems like a whole bunch of money wasted.
Takes money to make money, and I don't see the average joe making much because of war.
However, imagine all that money going into NASA and space programs!
We would've reached Mars 5 years ago!

Also the video about 3d printing, it is much more mindblowing than I actually perceived it.
Imagine printing a 3d model of yourself and being able to... give it artificial intelligence?
YOUR artificial intelligence.

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 11:35am

The rover Curiousity is going to Mars sometime in the next week. If its successful, I'm hopeful that its a good first step to really discovering it as a human race.

Sun, 08/05/2012 - 2:46am

although the stars are expanding according to the big bang theory eventually everything will become nothing unless there are other big bangs out there?
-feelin spacy

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 2:07am
Crahnick Says:

My step grandmother worked on the last mars rover.
No bull

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 2:07am
Crahnick Says:

Don't forget to bring a towel on your way to Mars!

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 12:04am
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Fri, 08/24/2012 - 12:35am
yoinkie Says:

Lol now I can't tell if that was a southpark joke or a ford prefect joke(props to those who understand this).

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 11:56am
Coach Says:

Everybody's at least seen the movie, come on

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 5:03pm
Fri, 08/24/2012 - 6:20am
Mrcrap Says:

Air Jordan baby. That's how it's fucking done bitches!

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 10:08am
mindgames Says:

Human beings are going to mars before they learn how to live on their own planet. Confidence without clarity is a dangerous thing.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 10:35am

Being big on history like I am I've always thought that this generation is one of the least motivated in a long time. I mean think about it you've got the Revolution, the birth of our country, people banded together to fight for their right to freedom way outmatched and outgunned but they stuck together and won our independence. Then Manifest Destiny took place where families braved the wilderness to come together and build communities in an untamed and often hostile land, and now we have a flourishing west coast. The Civil War struck pitting brother against brother, and though there was great death and destruction the country came together granting liberties that should have long since been in place. Then we were hit with the World Wars and the Great Depression and this time almost the entire nation came together as one, and not only did we defeat our enemies but we came out as one of the most powerful nations in the world. History proves harmony, or at least a sense of togetherness, is one of the greatest tools we'll ever have. But as long the world is monetarily run, we'll always need a great motivator to start it. Inspiring thoughts here Yoinkie, your mind is a diamond in the rough my man, don't ever take it for granted.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 3:15pm

Regardless of race culture or whatever we're all human, man.

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 5:36pm
4life2shO Says:

Fuckin aliens man! haha I hope we find some so they can help us get our shit together lol

Fri, 08/24/2012 - 11:56pm
charleeyyy Says:

really man all the world needs to do is just come together in peace and love as one instead of all these wars an shit we could get so much farther in the human race and accomplish so much more as one instead of as you said the us is spending 500 billion a month on milatary well if there wernt wars and milatary that money could be going on accomplishing more in the world like reproducing wastes and finding new life forms.

Sat, 08/25/2012 - 12:44am
Dwait Says:

I don't usually read who the author of a highdea is but while I'm reading I can always tell its you. Great highdea and I completely agree!

Sun, 08/26/2012 - 1:18am

Close but not quite right, the meaning of life is to multiply, think about it.

Sun, 08/26/2012 - 4:15pm
Klart_Vann Says:

yes but if you see humanity as evolving towards (stable) unity then the meaning would be to support the best development/strongest growth of the human race... Not all people are needed for reproduction. we're like an ant-colony...

Sun, 08/26/2012 - 2:38pm

Your only looking at that in a scientific point of view..language came in 38 b.c but before that there were thousands of years unaccounted for such as Atlantis mars was inhabitable at about 1000 years before Atlantis before its atmosphere blew off.. anyway consciousness..they need to consciously evolve and that would take even longer then us evolving thats the key to everything...

Sun, 08/26/2012 - 2:55pm

"We evolved from bacteria for fucks sake!" Hahahaha, love it.

Wed, 08/29/2012 - 12:28am

I just read this article and it made me think of you.


Sat, 10/13/2012 - 6:56pm
whatsgood. Says: