How to respond to Mars exploration vs feed the hungry?
June 13, 2014 3:30 AM Subscribe
Today, I was enthusing about a photograph from the surface of Mars, and a friend responded along the following lines: "I find it hard to get excited about it when there are so many starving people here on Earth. We should fix our own problems before exploring other planets." How could I have responded?
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Religion & Philosophy (39 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I understand her perspective, but couldn't articulate the value of what's being done re Mars exploration. What are some examples of non-fighty, constructive ways I could have responded? Or is there really no justification for Mars exploration when the money could be spent on more directly relieving human suffering on Earth?