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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