space: the unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm

by theuglyearring

“I grew up with the notion that the frontier had shaped our characters and that there was no frontier any more…. What we had to have were frontiers in literature, scientific research, human welfare. That was a beautiful figure of speech. I used it for years, but the first time somebody really talked to me about space colonization and what it might be like to really put a colony out there that could do as it liked, I discovered that a little real new space in which you could put a new society was much more exciting than pushing back those figurative new frontiers…. Space means greater well-being for our children and adventure, an outlet for all the things we thought there wasn’t any outlet for, and a belief that the frontier isn’t closed, that there are endless possibilities and we don’t need to be discouraged by the population explosion, and we don’t need to feel that life is going to get duller and duller so it isn’t worth living.”

~ Margaret Mead, “Does it Matter What Women Think About Space,” 1960

(and yet when i think of humans in space i think of the blue humanoids.)

(photo: here)

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