If we – “we”. the race Human – discover that superluminal [faster-than-light] travel is impossible and we never reach the stars, I believe I will be disappointed. Similarly, if we accomplish interstellar travel, but never discover another sentient race or find only artifacts, I expect I will be disappointed.
Apparently, fundamentally I believe a central function of life is to show off. Normal, I believe, for a showbiz kind of guy ike mmyself.
It could be, of course, that superluminal flight is possible, but we as a species cannot understand it due to a dimensional limitation of our brain, or something. Maybe there ae things travelling between stars naturally at E12 [E = 1 einstein, the speed of light] all the time. Maybe it can’t be done, as Albert E said flatfootedy all those years ago, and the only means of travel between stars is <E, inching along in what we complascently refer to as ‘normal’ space on what Roddenberry dubbed ‘impulse’ power and it will take millions of years for humans to reach from planet to planet.
IF that’s the eventual case, undramatic as it would be huanity would pass the timeduring migration by evolving. Each planet successfully settled would then be populated bya different – something: speie? Failyu? A different creature woul emerge from the vessel sentby forth by the human impulse to expand.
Of course, perceived by ourseves from within, is the natural course of Life to occupy all of space.
It may be, at that. In all universes either parallel or sequential it could be that the materiel of the current universe will attempt to fill each fallow segment of itself with the material of that universe.
Which would fit my current thesis to wit: /this is the Universe of Life and despite all appearances of lifeless desert planets of highly abrasive dust, poisionous atospheres and radiation-filled voids everything in this universe is simply Life iife, in every permutation it can assume.
Most of those naturally spell immediate death to any permutation other than themselves.
Life, it appears, is often like that.