Many have proposed packing their bags to go to Mars or the Moon to avoid the apocalyptic future that seems to await our planet. Preclarified minds, like those of Stephen Hawking himself, believed that the long-term survival of humanity was passing through space. It may be that technology will undergo an incredible revolution in the coming decades or centuries and that these dreams will come true. A recent article in Futures magazine raised these questions and concluded that living on Mars will test the ethics, culture, and nature of the human species.
The authors, biologists and philosophers from the Universities of Rzeszow (Poland) and Florida (USA), and the National Laboratory of Biosciences (Brazil) also stress that it will be extremely difficult to achieve something fundamental for both human beings and colonization there, namely, making a family as sex on Mars might not be suitable for reproduction. But, besides this topic which has been debated already, Mars can also bring other problems, also detailed in this study.
Living on Mars might be bad for human values and ethics
No human values on Mars
In addition to testing biology, researchers believe that Mars will test the laws and moral principles of the earthlings. There, the harsh conditions, the fact of living in small colonies with a limited number of companions and doing so far away from the Earth, could change human values.
“A hostile environment with a small population could result in an increase in the value of the group over the value of the individual,” the authors write. This, they argue, could change attitudes about abortion, euthanasia of terminally ill people or even the sacrifice of people for the good of the entire community.
A Martian philosophy and religion
They do foresee that Martian moral values will evolve differently from those of the Earth. Therefore, they say, a Martian education will be fundamental.
They point out that a strategy could be to create a Martian “religion” that gives meaning to living on Mars, promote the integration and acceptance of science and technology, promote altruistic behavior and reconcile the cultural and moral concepts of astronauts of different origins.
Possible ethical deviations from these principles are frightening.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.