Hello SOTGC community,
HR Captain’s Log Star Date: AD 2013
Good morning SOTGC readers. It has now been many centuries since the first space flights aboard Virgin Galactica, and clearly there is a new dilemma facing the cosmic pioneers who call themselves “The Navigators.” Even with the assistance of advanced cryogenics and super vitamin supplements, it is difficult to counter the anxiety and alienation that accompanies year-long space commutes.
The impact on the human body is well-documented as far as the physical wear and tear that takes place when a combination of long-duration space travel and anti-gravitational velocity stress the physiological system.
But what is it about us humans that makes us vulnerable to the psychological effects of prolonged isolation?
Side effects of not being around other people in normal Earth climates with social opportunities few and far between – we knew it from studying the dolphins – our psyches become irreparably harmed.
We are social beings … social creatures with special needs that exceed those of other earthly mammals. We need to feel attached, belonging, love, caring, brotherhood/sisterhood, understanding, empathy, creativity and worthiness. The endless vacuum of space provides little if any of this uniqueness. Space is a drain on the psyche … Space can be a silent killer.
We were sure there was more to be experienced outside our Milky Way, and the search for distant galaxies proved well worth the effort, but the ability to experience full human satisfaction becomes depressed without regular interaction with others. It’s tough to play soccer in zero gravity!
We obviously took it all for granted.
We took who we were and what we were all about for granted.
To be continued ….
In the future, everything is possible!
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