April 2010 Newsletter

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Sent out April 18th, 2010

Brief updates

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  • We held the second SolSeed Service on March 20, the Spring Equinox, honoring the holiday with the seed topic of Balance. It was another big success, integrating art and balance-focused games in addition to music, poetry, and discussion.
  • We attended our second science fiction convention, Norwescon 33, from April 1-4, hoping to attract some new Starfarers to join our active membership. We talked with lots of great people, got to hang out with sci-fi luminaries like Vernor Vinge and Cory Doctorow, and gained nine new friends on our email list (welcome all!), one of whom has also joined the wiki.
  • Coming up next Saturday, April 24, is a Portland Earth Day celebration, where we'll be talking up our planned eco-village and the theme of Bringing Life, and looking for more people who might want to get involved. Hope to see you there!

So what is a Starfarer, anyway?

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As we focus on finding new members, we're looking for a very special group of people. By our definition, a Starfarer is someone who shares the basic values that lead us to believe in The Destiny of seeding the galaxy with life.

At first glance, these values are a union of seeming opposites: the progressive technological exuberance of the space enthusiast, merged with the cautious conservationist ethic that criticizes technology for the damage it does to the natural world. But this paradox is easily resolved: a Starfarer supports anything that creates more possibilities and the conditions for more life, and opposes anything that destroys possibility and life.

The SolSeed vision is not the tired old mechanized future of robot slaves and sterile tin-can spacecraft and city-covered worlds. It's a future where gleaming blue solar arrays power homes both on Earth and in orbit, while silver-white wind-turbine blades sweep the skies with regrown wilderness flourishing around their feet. In this future, spaceships are like little worlds unto themselves, filled with living ecosystems that sustain our souls while maintaining the air, water, and food supply far more robustly than mere machinery ever could.

And in this future, we go into space not to escape a dying world, nor to plunder the solar system to feed an insatiable exponential-growth economy, but as the seeds of Mother Earth seeking to grow new living worlds and expand the domain of Life.

Thanks for reading!
Ben Sibelman

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