A Modern Tower of Babel

The Modern Tower Of Babel.

Consider two facts.  

The first fact to consider is that the US space agency Nasa says it has discovered two of the most habitable planets yet outside our solar system.

Second that millions of men, women and children die each year because of the lack of water.  

We are told that these two most habitable planets are 1,200 light-years away.  We need to put this in perspective.

One light year equals 6,000,000,000,000 miles.  The two new planets are 1,200 light years away, which works out to over 6,000,000,000,000,000 miles.

The spacecraft New Horizons passed the orbit of Uranus on March 18, and is currently making a speed of 15.73 kilometers per second on its way to a Pluto/Charon flyby in July of 2015.  It is described on the mission site as "the fastest spacecraft ever launched."

However, the fastest spacecraft speed usually cited is that of Voyager 1, some 17.05 kilometers per second which works out at around 246,500,000 miles/year.

So the fastest spacecraft we have would take 24,340,770 years to get to these planets.  That's right, over 24 million years just to get there and another 24 million years to return.

The cost of the Keppler spacecraft mission (the one that discovered these far off planets) is at least  $600,000,000.00.  Yet this is only one of several such costly space probes.  The total mount spent on seeking to find the existence of life outside of the Solar system is beyond belief.  

The insanity of starting, let alone continuing such wasteful exercises is surely obvious.  If life does exist out there, and given the vast distances and time involved the chances are that we will never know anyway, we will never be able to establish meaningful contact.  Yet the political will and the funding to seek this impossibility are there and look like continuing on ad infinitum.

Now taking the second of the two facts; we see that millions of men women and children die every year simply because of the lack of water.   We know that mankind has the technological ability to create clean fresh water in vast amounts.  What we do not have is the political will and funding to make it happen.  As a result millions die in misery.

The question is why?  Why is it felt to be more imperative that we search for proof that we are not alone in the universe rather than alleviate the suffering and death of millions of fellow human dying through lack of water?

The Bible tells of the folly, the dangerous folly, of mankind building the Tower of Babel the top of which would reach heaven.  The modern equivalent is this hugely expensive program; the aim of which seems to be to disprove of the uniqueness of life on earth and therefore the non-existence of a Creator.

Those who are responsible for deciding how our resources are used need to pray that no such Creator exists because if one does then they will have a lot to answer for.

However, we need to ask ourselves this question:  What part do we, can we, play in deciding how these resources are used?