December 6, 2012
Humans have dreamed of leaving the earth and traveling space for many years, and up to this day they have taken many steps in the right direction. Yet, with every new frontier they approach, new problems loom over the horizon. Some of these problems arise right here on Earth. Some of the issues have been resolved, such as escaping the forces of gravity to reach outer space. Most of the problems are far more arduous and the solutions need more time to be worked out properly. In “The Coming Schism” by James E. and Alcestis R. Oberg, they posit that humans can colonize space. Humans need to buckle up and build the technology which will help to solve problems that would arise to settle outside earth. The Obergs use comparative strategy that is to use the yardstick of the past to measure future to convince the reader that the colonization of space is possible, if problems such as, communication, cultural conflict and the rejection to space exploration is solved. The solutions to the problem are important for the journey to space, because they all have the potential to disrupt progress.
The Obergs try to convince the reader by using comparative strategy to argue that if problems like communication is solved humans would be able to colonize space.
Comparison of the past makes humans understand the situation in a better manner. The Obergs using the past data says” Dialogue will not be any more possible than it was for colonial America and the British Parliament. Belter speeches of independence may be like those of the American Revolutionary, long, eloquent, carefully reasoned documents of principle (Obergs 22).” The entire world knows about the history of British as they were known for colonization, and how they got defeated in America. The lack of communication leads to the defeat of British. The Obergs compares the historical act with the communication problem that would arise due to the...
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