LOS ANGELES--- Great inventor André Gray actually started the “Occupy Mars” slogan on September 18, 2011 as a parody of the Occupy Wall Street movement which had officially started the day before, on September 17, 2011, and was trending on social media. On a more serious note, he also clearly stated that his slogan “Occupy Mars” is an audacious global calling card for the exploration of the solar system, universe and, perhaps, multiverse. A quick online forensics investigation of several of his now deleted pseudonymous Facebook and Twitter accounts traces it back to André Gray. Since then, “Occupy Mars” has spawned a cottage industry with various online stores selling mugs, T-shirts, posters, sweatshirts and many more items. Furthermore, practically every space exploration program in the world, whether government or privately funded, has adopted the slogan “Occupy Mars”, especially Elon Musk and his SpaceX company. |
The greatest achievements of human civilization have been born of an intrinsic desire to explore and seek out the truth in the unknown; from the earliest philosophers to the physicists, biologists, and astronomers of today, we have been explorers of truth. Before we were explorers of truth, we were explorers of the Earth.
To our primitive ancestors, continents separated by seas may well have been planets unto themselves, and, through persistence and an evolved, tool-centric, mind, we developed methods for overcoming obstacles, like transporting sufficient food and water, to make a ship a travelling island unto itself. Physical exploration has always pushed the boundaries of mental exploration; the farther we go and the further we look, the greater our advancement and the more impressive the truths we discover.
The world is an amazing place, to be sure, and yet so many are inclined to believe it is all we are destined to have and inhabit; the universe is an even more amazing place. The human world exists anywhere humans are; home is where the human heart beats—even where it yearns to beat. Why suffice to call Earth our world?
Occupy Mars—not next century, but today.
Occupy Mars for your, and your children’s, future; Occupy Mars for your own financial security; Occupy Mars to save the Earth; Occupy Mars to unite the world under one peaceful cause; most important of all: Occupy Mars to push the limits of the human capacity for both social and technological advancement.
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