Hallo, I am from Planet Earth – is there anyone/life/nation out there in space? Yes, Yes and No! What time is it out there? You will never know until you prepare to and get there. This ‘there’ is a limitless mission that requires a re-definition of what is life and what is not.
And indeed, what the future of life holds! Earlier space travels have their origins in the mind – in the inner minds of Africans steering at the sky to see the moon. Once upon a time, my Grandpa carried me on his lap, pointing to the sky in the evening and said: ‘‘Look up there, that is the Moon. Can you see a lifelike image? Look, open your mind’s eye and look – that image is at work – doing something marvelous!’’
Initially, when I gaze at the sky, all I saw was a balloon-like light shining in its obit. Later, as I journeyed through life, I formed the habit of gazing at the moon – though without a telescope. I can see the twinkling little stars appearing and disappearing in an astonishing mind-dance. An awesome experience indeed. When will Nigeria orbit to the moon, explore Mars and beyond? Where is our Time-machine to influence and conquer the future?
Can’t we leverage our emotional intelligence for collective, unified and enviable development? Are we not technologically worried of our current state of hopelessness in trustworthiness? What is responsible for this non-magical state of life in our mind’s wilderness? There are many more questions to spur our imaginations to responsive action. At a time like this, is it not smarter to import high-tech mind teachers than SUVs?
Beyond re-skilling, upskilling, visualizing and deep-thinking for national survivability in the digital age, how profound is the transformational challenge? Now, let us enter the realm of Technology-enabled Space travel, the probability of life forms out there and the place of Nigeria of the future? That is, if the nation (and other similar nations) survives the digital challenges of the next 100 years, while others aim for the sky! Fact is, not all nations of the current world would survive the next century!
Would there be a reserved space or seat for our nation out there? Difficult questions requiring technology-tested logic, plans and answers. Regrettably (but supported), the future will take hostage of tech-naïve nations and only Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematically (STEM) savvy nations would be qualified for a seat in space. Perhaps, smart micro-organisms may deserve a functional space than naïve nations? Would there be space slaves? The choice is ours!
Attempting to interrogate our future and technology without a conscious techno-minded blueprint and innovative ingenuity to accomplish them may be characterized as wasteful life and imperceptible future. Are we playing the ostrich in the sand of time, life, and future of development with our current models? Interrogating our development vision, what role should science, technology and innovation contribute to our survivability playlist? Is it not perhaps imperative to meaningfully determine what we do and how we calibrate the time devoted to what we do?
To better understand the trajectory of our national development, it becomes essential to calibrate the amount of time variables we devote to the various aspects of our national development cycle. Today, it is evident that we devote most of our time to music, melody, dance, fashion, importation preference, hate-gossips, fighting ourselves; making babies, consumerism, and similar ordinaries.
But how much time do we devote to emitting ideas, understanding, and mastering our environment, people, family, education, science, technology, research; or innovation, mind-adventure and exploration, child-care, manufacturing, invention, security, critical conflict resolutions, etc.
Conventional perception informs that time allocated to understanding and mastering non-ordinary, critical, and purposeful governance and leadership is disproportionate to the attention accorded to ordinary and minute issues. With this unbalanced time calibration and management concept, we may be mathematically doomed to lopsided governance and wasted resources required to accomplish sustainable development. We spend so much time for little-mind issues and extraordinarily little time for moon-shot missions. Are we ready to trade future development to purchase antiquated rockets and moon rocks from others?
Now, to better situate this narrative on space travel, technology and the nation; exploration of the philosophical sphere of the universe and time-machine development becomes deeply essential. As we know and/or assume to know, the Universe is an excessively big or large space. But how large is it precisely? Notable philosophers, physicists, scientists and historians have attempted to resolve the mind-blowing puzzle for ages, but the puzzle remains elusive.
Dr. Ike Ebube in his submissions on “Comprehending Cosmic Magnitudes, and Spirituality”, went philosophical.
‘The problem with trying to comprehend Heavenly ways and Magnitudes. Isaiah 55: 1 educates us on this: “My thoughts,” says the Lord, are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways and thoughts above yours.”
Now, how high are the heavens above the Earth? How comprehensible, for instance, would be the fact that the nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.3 light years away; that is, about 40,124,800,000,000 km away? All the stars and galaxies are in the heavens where Genesis 1:4 tells us God placed them. Perhaps, that constitutes an evidence that indeed, humans know very little and are today, still ignorant about the Universe. Meanwhile, let me apologize by feeding you with more mind-bugling data from Dr. Ike Ebube.
‘There are trillions of galaxies including our own galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy which we estimate contains over 300 billion observable stars, one of which is our Sun which “rises and sets” daily, albeit this motion being wrongly credited to the sun instead of the earth. Thanks to Galileo for pointing this out some centuries ago. Our galaxy is about 100,000 light years across, and this works out at about 100,000×186000×60×60×24×365 miles, light being credited with a speed of 186,000 miles per second.
‘‘Ever tried walking or running a mile? The diameter of the earth is only about 8000 miles. It is only 93 million miles away from the Sun. The diameter of our Sun is about 1.4 million km. The Andromeda Galaxy is 2.2 million light years away, while the Maffei I galaxy is 3.3 billion light years away. A piece of Neutron star, sugar cube-sized, would cut through the earth like butter. That is how dense and heavy it is. Neutrino particles pass through the earth unobstructed like it did not exist. 100 million neutrinos emitted by our sun pass through every square inch of our bodies each second unnoticed by us!”
The essence of the above comparative analysis is on the time, development ability and resources we allocate to understanding and mastering non-ordinary, critical and purposeful governance. Leadership time spent is visibly disproportionate to the attention to ordinary issues. This is perhaps a true reflection of allocations in the National Development-Budget-of-Things (NDBT)!
Therefore, we must admit that this inequitable time and resources mis-management concept is vehemently opposed to the dynamics and commensurate strategies required for creation of wealth and sustainable development. That is perhaps why the budget allocated to Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Health, and environment etc., are grossly intangible and pitiable.
The time has now come to reconfigure our mindset and comprehend the enormity of the consequences of a ‘two-left sided shoes’ development model. This translates to a model which appears to somersault and consume the precious time required to deliver success in 2050; before the emerging challenges overwhelms our time-bound population growth, pushing Nigeria to the 400 million mark.
Time will tell is a famous African proverb and certainly technology-time will tell and take hostages. However, lost time can strategically be recovered with ingenuity – without attempting the impossible mission of travelling back-in-time and space.
Nigeria and Africa, by extension, your technology advancement time is now. Take all the advantages and invest in your science and technology minds. Technology Mindshift is inevitable.
Do it. Yes, you can!