The vastness of the sky. The mystical aura of the Moon. The silent yet entrancingly alive depths of the ocean. What life exists in these areas? What mysteries are still to be uncovered in these frontiers? What more can humans learn of the unknown frontiers that exist before us? The sky. The Moon. The waters of our lakes and oceans. As a human race, we have seemingly explored these frontiers. Indeed, we have traveled places that seemingly no other has gone and conducted experiments to help us understand these worlds that we co-exist within yet still seek to understand. What impact and benefits can be gained from understand and, perhaps, finding new ways to live with and among these frontiers? Do you notice all of the questions here? Questions represent unanswered facts – facts that can advance our understanding of the world that we live in and how we can co-exist with it. You see, we may have seemingly explored our frontiers – the elements of the world that we live within. But, there is more to explore – more to learn. We must learn to co-exist with and respect the parts of our world and universe that we operate within along with figure out ways to utilize those frontiers in a beneficial way at the same time.
As a student of history, the motivating factors behind the exploration of what have been deemed “new frontiers” have long fascinated me. Those who made these journeys sought answers to unasked questions. They sought, whether cognizant of it or not, to help the world understand the elements and environments around them better. With this understanding comes the ability to respect that new frontier – to understand it and respect it. Along with this also comes knowledge of how to potentially co-exist within that environment and benefit from it. We must be careful, though. The unwise destroy worlds while the wise accomplish one goal while sustaining the natural environment. Either way, we still have much to learn. Our journey into what is possible has only just begun.
It seems that we still have much to benefit from in the future exploration of the frontiers that we have already explored. That is because we have explored them superficially. I see three different areas where exploration of the world around us can still be a relevant, and even a necessary, endeavor. While you can likely, and can, think of more, these are ones that stick out to me.
First, we are always expanding our knowledge based by learning new things. No one man nor woman can claim to all about any subject. That simply is not realistic or human. Though we strive for it, perfection is not attainable. Thus, if we are not perfect, we must have room to improve, grow and learn. We must learn to respect and not drastically alter the landscape of the world that we operate within in regards to its natural essence.
Nothing points to this fact more than our societal lack of the world around us. If we had no more to learn, our waters would all be clean and pure, pollution would not exist and we would not have things such as endangered species list. Clearly, we have more to learn about and from in regards to our frontiers.
Second and third, not only do we need to learn more about the environment around us – we need to learn to co-exist among these frontiers. Now, this is where the waters may seem to deviate from the standard view and become murky. As humans, we have certain needs. Our frontiers can help us obtain some of our basic needs through co-existing. Now, how does that work? Point 1 in this article mentions understanding our environment and respecting it. How does that work with utilizing our environment to benefit us? Through very careful and strategic planning. It will require social responsibility, common sense, humanity, empathy and ethical behavior.
So, how do we meet our basic needs through exploration of the frontiers of our world? The answer is through continued exploration and understanding of the world around us. As humans, we struggle with sustainable resource production – namely food security and space. We also struggle with distribution centers and deserts for resources. As we expand our horizons, we can use our frontiers in two ways – so long as it is done in a respectful, non-damaging, sustainable manner.
Think about it. We have and continue to explore outer space, new planets along with the depths of our oceans. Humans are making these journeys along with their human needs. We need to figure out how to produce food and resources to sustain them along with communities – livable to humans as well as those native to the environment. On the other hand, we are always striving to better ourselves and our society and world. Space and food/resources. Do the answers lie within exploring the vast skies of space and the depths of our waters? Can these areas support production centers or communities in a sustainable manner? How did these places come into existence to start with and how can we better understand them to answer the questions that I am asking? Future exploration is the key.
The desire to explore and the ability to learn have long been among our most endearing qualities. They are qualities that have allowed us to survive thus far, despite our darker notions attempts to reach out extinguish our own fires. Exploring new frontiers, learning from them, respecting them and understanding how to live amongst them has been how we have moved the needle forward in the past and is the answer to how we advance ourselves and sustain our world in the future.