Reading the comments on a video discussing (and, admittedly, debunking) the practicality of humankind crafting a Dyson swarm, using Mercury as a matériel source – it's an experience.
This is an absurdly visionary project; perhaps not vastly beyond our current capabilities, but certainly an idea that demands huge investments of time and materials, and a few technological breakthroughs. It is a wild, speculative, creative, and hopeful option that might solve a future problem; a person considering it or talking about it might expect the same style of thoughts and comments. Hopeful. Wild. Creative.
Sadly, every time I see Just Folks discussing a blue-sky idea like this, comments tend to fall into one of two camps:
- "uh, maybe in a million years"
- "sure, if we invent (semi-ridiculous ultra-technology) first"
Boiled down to their respective essences:
- "we'll never get there"
- "we're not even capable of doing the things we'd need to begin"
How incredibly defeatist! There's very little wonder, almost no imagination in those reactions; they are responses more appropriate to confrontation than presentation.