Did you miss the last part of my statement? I'll quote it for you, because I believe your comment to be a gross over simplification
It's gambling, and that's fine when you've plenty to gain, but they don't.
There, see that last bit? Now, I understand you think going to the Moon was a big step for mankind, but shall I direct you to a man who was an expert who is credited with saving a billion people from starvation? Norman Borlaug
. He didn't throw money at something with low potential, he worked methodically and concisely on a major problem of the day. He took risks that saved lives.
I see no gaping need for Gundams. You say humanity ascends by taking risks, and you're right. SMART ONES
. I refuse to accept this argument that money that could be spent on cancer research, or fertility treatment for those effected by the recent Nuclear disaster there, should be spent on Mechs simply because "the spirit of humanity demands it". To hell with the spirit of humanity if it means a person can wake up cancer free. You can scream 'risks progress us as a species' all you like, but for every single one of those innovations you mentioned, there are a hundred that died in the water because there wasn't a need, there wasn't a will and there wasn't any intellect behind it. Hell, penicillin was only brought into mass market after Government Scientists spent years working on it's cultivation.
Please don't scream ' all risks drive us forward as a species'. That's lumping my idea to jump off the bridge to impress a girl with Churchill deciding not to surrender. There are smart risks, and there are dumb risks. The former are called 'calculated gambles', the latter 'recklessness'.
edited 5th Jul '12 5:28:47 AM by Minister