Homo Vastans: Weaponising Space

There are many subjects I’d like to blog about but know I’m not qualified to do so. I haven’t read or discussed enough, thought enough, prayed enough. This self-imposed restraint is no virtue. It’s simply self-preservation, because in a world where we all tend to react rather than reflect, some of the reactions one encounters can be hard to take. This morning I was thinking about George Weigel’s recent article in The Tablet, the Vatican’s latest instruction to the clergy, The pastoral conversion of the Parish community in the service of the evangelising mission of the Church, and a host of more secular concerns. Then I read that the UK and USA have accused Russia of firing a missile in space ‘with the characteristics of a weapon’. That brought me up short.

We have already polluted space with masses of obsolete technology (i.e. junk) spinning endlessly through the ether. We have made space yet one more area to take our silly disputes over ‘ownership’, with the fairly naked intention of exploiting space itself for economic gain. Now it looks as though we are planning to take our wars there, too. Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with viewing everything in such an ugly, bleak way? I can’t blog on this subject; but I do pray, and I ask you to pray, too. Otherwise, I fear we may end up as homo vastans on a truly horrific scale— a long way from the homo sapiens we always claimed to be.

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5 thoughts on “Homo Vastans: Weaponising Space”

  1. Homo sapiens desire for power and the ability to denegrate is truly overwhelming. Please pray for Sabena and Sultan Choudry and their family who are suffering lies and insults. Thank you. Step gently.

    God bless you and your community.

  2. I remember my father commenting when man first stepped on the moon that the space race was about war and greed not exploration and adventure. The mineral samples were to see whether the moon could be mined.

    That said, electronic interference is just as effective as conventional war though less destructive. An app called Garmin which is used by athletes all round the world has been attacked and inoperable for more than 12 hours. It’s inconvenient, but imagine driverless cars suddenly losing GPS?

  3. I am someone with quite an interest in Space and have done a certain amount of study on the subjects involved, even at university level.

    There are existing signed international space treaties re space and the ”space” around earth orbit and then the moon itself are covered by documents agreeing that no nation can claim part of it /them…it belongs to all of us…hopefully the international community continues to agree and respect this accord.

    It was Ronald Reagan who initially wanted to mount his ”star wars” missile platforms in orbit, but Gorbachev was so concerned about such a development that would take humanity towards space ownership and hostility that he made those huge concessions re mutual scrapping large quantities of nuclear weaponry as long as the space platforms were taken off the agenda. Reagan’s idea would anyway have been a violation of those existing treaties. Sadly those ground missile disarmament agreements have been somewhat discarded in recent years, with both the USA and Russia accusing each other of treaty violations.

    I do hope that they have the wisdom to keep space weapon free as we already have too many down here still.

    If we do go out exploring space further, i do hope that we can do it on an international level and avoid the issues that would arise from politicising it with individual national greed – May the Space/Moon treaties live on in generosity and peace.

    Much to pray about indeed….

  4. So true. I do pray and I’ve spent more years than I care to remember campaigning against the arms trade, being active in Justice and Peace parish groups and Pax Christi, demonstrating and speaking, and latterly, using social media. And nothing changes. It’s hard to remain hopeful even when there are so many good people in the world. As for George Weigel, the less said about him the better.

  5. Perhaps it‘s me, but I find all this talk of Parish Communities very tiresome. Here in Germany that bus has already left. Individually parishoners may know each other, help each other in all sorts of ways, but the idea that this is somehow down to the Church‘s being a motivator, stimulant, guide, whatever just doesn‘t hold water. It‘s a beautiful utopia of the once upon a time variety. Such communities as there are are spread out across the ether, via twitter, facebook, instagramm etc. a more fruitful study would be to work out how these ad hoc communities cd develop into a different kind of Parish.
    I‘m not the only one who waits expectantly for Dame Catherine‘s blog: that is nourishment! And we are able to focus on the real dangers of weaponising space in prayer.

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