Tuesday, June 8, 2021
#159 / A Civilization Of Stasis?
That is Jeff Bezos, pictured above, the wealthiest person on the planet, standing in front of one of his Blue Origin rocketships. The June 7, 2021, CNN news story from which I obtained the photo informs the public that Bezos will soon be blasting into space. His trip is currently scheduled for July 20th. Bezos is taking his brother along, undoubtedly out of a sense of family solidarity. Non-family members are going to have to pay, and are invited to bid for another place on the "Blue Shepherd," the name of the capsule that will contain Bezos and the other passengers sent off planet in late July. Currently (on June 7, 2021), the high bid is going for $3,200,000. Obviously, only billionaires need apply.
Other billionaires, who will probably not be bidding on this trip, have similar dreams of conquering space, and they intend to do it on their own. I am referring, specifically, to Elon Musk and Richard Branson. It's too bad for Elon and Richard, but it looks like Bezos is going to be the first billionaire to get there.
If you want to know why Jeff Bezos (and probably the other space-obsessed billionaires) are so anxious to blast off, you can get a hint from the CNN news story. Bezos is passionate about space, he says, and is pursuing his work to get there, "because I believe if we don't, we will eventually end up with a civilization of stasis, which I find very demoralizing."
Such inspiring words, oh noble billionaire! In other words, "you're bored!"
Too much money can do that to you, you know!