There are shops on Mars, high streets, jazz musicians, freudian slips, romances, dump trucks, allegories, drive-in movie theatres, a world transplanted.
Can we imagine a Mars without these things.
We will colonise Mars. But will it be another home from home? Can we bring our creature comforts with us or will we allow ourselves to leave Earth behind.
Beneath all the technology that will allow us to exist on Mars, with the terraforming and radiation shields sits a Human Being evolving. A biological mechanism developed for Earth is now being allowed to adapt to Mars, with the different atmosphere, gravity, and a lack of species forcing us to keep us on our athletic toes.
Can we create a Utopian society? Where education and health are provided for all Mars’ citizens, and crime is as negligent as Iceland today and critical thought is championed by Martians.
At what point does this community become autonomous from its Earth cousins? Ownership of land on Mars will become a fascinating law struggle; where likely corporations are pitted against state. Historically Humans have not fared well when it comes to sharing, Olympus Mons will doubtless see a collection of struggles over ownership before a panacea of calm allows everyone to enjoy the greatest summit in the Solar System - perhaps becoming an epic ski centre.
We must continue to strive for a Martian adventure, as it is this type of inspiration that drags humanity forward, allowing for other societal and technological advances, and allows us to turn our heads towards a bigger picture in which we all play a part.
Where do you sit on the great Mars ascent?