Kevin Kelly wrote, there are societal and technological thresholds, which result in systemic transformations that become inevitible. The precise form that these inevitibilities take can not be known; only that once crossed, there is no turning back. Less discussed is that these liminalities compound, one atop the other and each of them are in fact existential, ratcheting up the dangers that the next inevitibility will force us to solve. This can not go on forever. Eventually the laws of physics will outmatch our cleverness. Something is inevitable only if we succeed, if we fail the test and don't transform, as Enrico Fermi postulated, the result will be catastrophic and equally as irreversible.
The ancients called the stars that moved quickly across the heavens, wanderers, which we now know to be planets. Humans were naturally drawn to these erratic lights, brazenly defying the backdrop of eternally fixed sparkling pinpricks puncturing the firmament and gave them the names of gods. But in our hearts we knew that they weren't gods; they were us. As Carl Sagan wrote, in a beautiful and haunting passage nearly thirty years ago, "your own life, your band's, or even your species might be owed to a restless few — drawn, by a craving they can hardly articulate or understand, to undiscovered lands and new worlds.... Maybe it's a little early. Maybe the time is not quite yet. But those worlds — promising untold opportunities — becken, silently.... They orbit the Sun, waiting."
After more than two decades traveling the Yellow Brick Road, everything that I have learned indicates an inevitibility that humanity's future as a technological civilization depends on us permanently spreading across the solar system; all the while learning how to cherish and curate this, the cradle of life, here on earth, instead of the systematic rape and pillage of the planet that we are engaged in now. It is no longer early, the time is now, it must become inevitable; for future generations and perhaps even life on this planet as we know it.
This issue will explore our proposal, based on the conclusion that in order for us to become a multi-planet species we will need to simultaneously solve the problems we have created here on earth. This inevitibility is already apon us. It was never a choice of one or the other or one before the other; our survival depends on each of us first believing that better futures are possible and then all of us together working to make those futures inevitable.