Will there be mass shootings on Mars?

This morning I read an article about a design company and its vision to build cities in Mars.

As I read the article I thought of Octavia Butler and her Lauren Olamina. In the Parable of the Sower Olamina’s belief in space travel becomes the basis of a new religion, Earth Seed.

I wondered how these human habitations would be similar or different in culture to life on Earth. I wondered if there would be mass shootings on Mars.

As I pondered this horrible question, I thought about the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder and the countless others. It seems as if our country is indeed coming out of the pandemic as once again men, mostly young, project their alienation literally through the AR-15s they legally purchase in their local gun stores.

As the Mars rover explores the ground beneath its wheels and takes magnificent images of the Red Planet, and people imagine a human colony on Mars, those of us in this part of Earth seem unable to stop shooting one another, making money out of the process, and creating an entire political system protecting those who would sell the guns and those who buy them–all the while wondering how such violence can take place here, all the while designing human cities on Mars.

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By Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez teaches English at Miami Dade College and yoga and wellness in the community through Miami Firm Body, the company Maribel (his wife) and he co-founded. He works with words, movement, and the body. His calling is to invite others to join him in the joy of searching within and finding the strength and courage to walk toward wholeness. Carlos is a spell caster, an educational shaman whose core mission is to transform grief into a source of possible beauty, vulnerability into strength, fear into wonder.

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