It's a small word after all
To conquer is now obsolete.
No longer do we have the space. Weapons are too destructive and once we scorch the earth, there’s nowhere to go. There is no paradise waiting, no New World to colonize. This is it. Holster the egos.
America was able to conquer the world not because of our military might, but because of commercialism. It is through movies and TV shows that the American way of life conquered the world. Cultures look to us for our idealism, blind patriotism and quite honestly, probably our unalienable right of expendable income. It is a luxury we take for granted that the rest of the world looks to for escapism. They learn English through our movies because watching with subtitles is but more enjoyable (believable) than an accented dubbed voice two octaves too low. Also, McDonald’s and their Big Mac and Royale with cheese populate the city centers. America won that battle and it’s crippling the world.
The moon at best will be a luxury hotel getaway, Bali will probably be under water by then anyway and colonizing Mar is still a generation (or two) away. This is my issue with Mars: If we can’t take care of the planet we have, what makes us think that we can safely inhabit another one? Manifest Destiny? That’s childish. I can literally hear the words of my parents echoing in my ear, ‘if you can’t take care of the toy I got you, you don’t deserve another one.’ Brat. Even if we do have the technology we have yet to prove that as humans we’ve earned another chance.
But we think we’re entitled to one… naturally, and that’s our path to destruction.