Why I want to move to Mars

The time to go to Mars is now. The civilization on Earth is becoming stagnant and as a result it is starting to stink.

There’s an Afghan proverb: obe che pe dzay odrigi, sxa shi — the water that stays at the same place becomes dirty.

There are many things that have better potential on Mars than on Earth.

First of all, there will be less stupidity there. Living conditions on Earth favour stupidity so much that with rare exceptions, nearly everything on Earth is done in a stupid way and for absolutely no reason. Most of the time, Earthlings don’t notice this because they almost never think “why am I doing this or that”. And those who start noticing are quickly shut down by everybody around.

On Mars there is much less opportunity for being stupid. If you make even a minor mistake, you risk to freeze in a -90 degrees Martian night, or die from the lack of oxygen or your lungs, tears and saliva will fatally boil away.

So, there will be less stupid things on Mars.

There will be no meetings on Mars, and nobody will give lengthy speeches. Those who love ‘blah-blah-blah’ will not survive on the Red Planet.

Unlike in every country on Earth, education in Martian schools will be without brainwashing.

Every inhabitant of Mars will be good at maths. Those who don’t know maths will forever remain on Earth as their thoughts cannot fly.

On Mars, science and technology will progress, while on Earth it will stop.

Soon, most innovations will be done on Mars while Earthlings will just copy them. Actually, the last time when science thrived on Earth was in the middle of the Cold War. Look, for example, what is happening to the NASA’s budget during the last decades:

Jobs will abound on Mars and the salaries will skyrocket. This is what I found in the book “How to live on Mars” written in 2108 by a Martian citizen Robert Zubrin (extremely sorry for the long quote but this is a wonderful book written for Earthlings willing to relocate to Mars — the best book I read during the last decade):

On Earth, you no doubt spent years or even decades of your life enrolled in innumerable programs whose advertised purpose was to “prepare” you for various professions but whose real purpose was to exclude you from such work until you had “paid your dues.”

Then, armed with a sufficient number of certificates of submission so acquired, you might hope to go forth and prevail in your desperate effort to beg someone to allow you to validate the potential utility of your existence through the gracious allowance of permission to do something useful.

On Mars, in contrast, no one is interested in blocking you from exercising your talent. If there is something useful that you can do, there is no web of red tape to hold you back. No one is going to ask to see your certificates before they “let” you work. You don’t need anyone’s permission to do anything; you just need to be able to do it.

This startling difference between the two planets in the way things are done is not because we Martians are so much more intelligent, quick-witted, open-minded, fair, and practical than Earthlings—though of course, we are. It is simply a matter of economics.

Earth has a labor surplus, while Mars has a labor shortage. Since the time of the First Landing, the dominant reality of social life on our planet has been that there has always been too much work to do and not enough people to do it. Nothing is more precious on Mars than human labor time.

That is why none of the anti-innovation regulations that tie up everything on Earth are in effect here. That’s right, none; whether you’re talking about the restrictions on “work destroying” technologies like meta-robotics or hypercrops, “methods stabilization” requirements, or the employment qualification and reservation laws, no one here—not even the Mars Authority—has the slightest interest in their enforcement.

There is simply too much to do. The situation, I am told, is directly analogous to that prevailing in old America, back in the period of its open frontier.

Because land out west was there for the taking for anyone willing to strike out on their own, there was a perennial labor shortage in the more settled areas. This drove many employers to offer pay rates that were unmatched on the world scale, and to try to maximize the productivity of their workforce through the encouragement of technological ingenuity.

Others, however, met the challenge of a tight labor market by recruiting indentured help from Europe through the offer of paid overseas transport, or even by hiring raiders to seize and enslave involuntary workers from Africa.

It’s the same way here. The issue is not one of “getting a job.” Believe me, if you want to work, there is no shortage of people here who would be delighted to put you to work. On Earth you were unnecessary. Here you are wanted.

— Zubrin, Robert. How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet. Random House, Inc.

There will be no exams in Martian schools and universities. No certificates, so there is no need for exams.

Only those Martian students who want to learn something will come to my lectures. I will not need any disciplinary actions, assessments or attendance sheets.

There will be no need for me to scold students.

If someone doesn’t want to study, they simply won’t come to my class.

On Earth, students come to the universities for all kinds of reasons except for studying. They lose the best years of their life for the sake of a sheet of paper that will give them some status — a meaningless notion if you think about it which is nevertheless enormously important in the eyes of the Earthly civilization.

In my opinion, if your only reason to go to the university is a diploma, the best way to get it is to forget the university, draw your diploma yourself in a photo-editor and print it. You will save time and money and your knowledge will not be worse than of those poor creatures who spend four years copying other’s assignments without slightest understanding of why they do it.

On Mars there will be no such students. Because diplomas and status will have no value on Mars. People will look at what can you do rather than what degree you have or what kind of papers you show.

And there will be so much fun on Mars!

As the Martian gravity is three times less than on the Earth, imagine what kind of beautiful and sophisticated dances will be possible to perform on that planet!

One more quote from the book that, in my opinion, all Earthlings should read, even those who are not going to move to Mars (I remind that it is written almost a hundred years from now in 2108):

On Mars the institution of marriage still exists. I am not making this up. If you don’t believe me, just ask the kids playing around Founders’ Square or in the New Plymouth Central Agricultural Dome. Nine out of ten of them have two parents, and not only that, nearly all of those have had the same two parents for their entire lives. The same pattern holds true in Tsandergrad and Taiko-jing, as well.

I know it must sound unbelievably prehistoric to you, but it is a fact; on Mars, people can and do get married, just as they do in Shakespeare’s plays when performed in their unauthorized nonupdated versions.

But perhaps you shouldn’t be so shocked. Marriage was, after all, still fairly common on Earth in at least some out-of-the-way places like Lapland, Outer Mongolia, Tierra del Fuego, and southern Utah as recently as fifty years ago, and was normative, if declining, nearly everywhere fifty years before that.

The collapse of marriage as a major social institution on Earth is really a comparatively recent phenomenon, brought about by the bureaucracy’s mad assortment of divorce laws, domestic-violence laws, child-abuse laws, spousal-certification laws, parental-suitability laws, education laws, indoctrination laws, anti-indoctrination laws, health laws, dietary laws, pharmaceutical-treatment laws, mental-hygiene laws, therapy laws, counseling laws, psycho-certification laws, household-inspection laws, and endless other state invasions that more or less made stable families impossible, at the same time that the general spread of deranged ideas about the supposed evil that humans represented to Nature made their primary previous purpose appear undesirable.

Think about that: if you had been born on Earth a century ago, you might well have known (with as much as 50 percent accuracy) who your biological father was, and been virtually certain as to the identity of your mother! It’s true that they did have state orphanages, but being raised in one was rather the exception than the rule that it is on Earth today.

In fact, in pre modern English, the very word “orphan” was not a general synonym for “child,” but only used to refer to a child whose parents were both dead. If your parents were alive, it was not only legal, but expected, that they would raise you themselves.

Well, that is how it is on Mars today. There are no state orphanages. Children are born, generally speaking, to married couples who raise them at home, rather than by single women who produce them by accident or as part of their two-birth obligation to the Social Security system.

Incredible as it sounds, people on Mars actually want to have children of their own, and they form families for that purpose.

–Zubrin, Robert. How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet. Random House, Inc.

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  1. I like to be on board too…

    The best thing i like about mars is “People will look at what can you do rather than what degree you have or what kind of papers you show.”

    have you read books written by Arthur C. Clarke

    • Great! Mars needs people like you.

      Haven’t read Arthur C. Clarke yet. Now reading books of Robert Zubrin and enjoying them,

  2. “If someone doesn’t want to study, they simply won’t come to my class.”

    That rings a bell. Quite difficult to practice these last years when my university has tried to press obligatory attendance into every kind of course, but I have managed to hold on to such freedom in my classes (I have worked as a professor of linguistics). Also, I have given the students homework assignments every week, but they have not been obligatory. Still, attendance has been good and almost all students have handed in homework for comments. Many have even handed in homework every week.

    On the other hand, they have of course worked towards an exam, but at least I have held on to the attitude that it is their actual knowledge and understanding the exam should make sure of, not whether they have that proficiency from my classes or from somewhere else, so I have always let anybody who wants to sign on for the exam. It is bad business if the teacher is not able to formulate exam questions in such a way thats they bring out what the student knows. Why discriminate against people who have obtained their knowledge and understanding from somewhere quite different?

    I keep shaking my head at the way my country Norway is transforming the universities into schools, like they are in many other countries but which Norway was free of earlier. Getting accepted by the university as a student is another (and bureaucratic) matter, and admittedly it is a problem to prevent students without the necessary basis to build on from taking too much of our resources. Maybe it will all be perfect on Mars.

    • Definitely, on Mars universities will be better!

      What universities were like in the old Norway?

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