I woke up this morning to an email pronouncing the imminent release of National Geographic’s new series – Mars. The show is not scheduled to begin until November 14th, but they have released the first episode for streaming online. Of course I eagerly gobbled this information up and proceeded directly to the site to watch the show. I was definitely not disappointed. It takes the form of a docu-drama following the first manned mission to Mars in 2033. It is wonderfully done, I recommend it to anyone at all interested in space exploration or just in need of a dose of positive thoughts.

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I believe the journey to Mars is the most positive and momentous thing we can do as a species. It is our future and as such it should be the goal of every human being on Earth to support, in any way possible, this great undertaking.

Mars does not care what color your skin is, what country you’re from, what god(s) you believe in, who you choose to love, or what clothes you wear. It doesn’t care if you are male or female. It does not care about any of the things that drive us, so often, to conflict. The journey to Mars will require every single one of us. It requires our faith, our love, and most of all, our imagination.

As a writer I have the unique ability to reach directly into people’s minds and jump start their imaginations. That is my contribution to the journey and I take it quite seriously. I’m not an astrophysicist or a biologist, but if I can inspire the next generation of kids to follow their dreams I might just help the human race to become an interplanetary species. That’s a lot of power to hold in one’s hands.

Each and every one of us has an opportunity to help and along the way maybe, just maybe we can put away childish things like hate, discrimination, and war to embrace a new kind of future. Maybe the trip to Mars will change us in more ways than we can imagine. That’s my hope. That’s my dream. What’s yours?