Jeff Bezos's Takeaway From Space Trip is That We Should Pollute The Solar System
After a long day playing the world's most expensive game of dress-up, cosplaying as both a cowboy and an astronaut while riding as a passenger on his aerospace company Blue Origin's first manned flight to the edge of space Tuesday morning, it seems former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is a changed man. Yep, although prior to blast off, Bezos was a certified supervillain, launching an organization that has been accused of not only mistreating its workers but also generating millions of pounds of plastic packaging waste on a yearly basis, he's decided he's evidently had enough of his old ways of destroying the planet, this time, advocating for polluting the hell out of our solar system instead.
“When you look at the planet, there are no borders,” the billionaire told NBC News of what he gleaned from his 11-minute flight. “It’s one planet, and we share it and it’s fragile,” he continued. “We live on this beautiful planet. You can’t imagine how thin the atmosphere is when you see it from space. We live in it and it looks so big. It feels like this atmosphere is huge and we can disregard it and treat it poorly.”
While as Gizmodo noted, existential shifts like these are relatively common among those who have seen our planet from space, a phenomenon dubbed “the overview effect," in which one understands the beautiful fragility of our earth upon seeing it from a distance, it seems the lesson Bezos gleaned from his flight slightly faltered from the norm.
“When you get up there, and you see it, you see how tiny it is and how fragile it is,” explained Bezos. “We need to take all heavy industry, all polluting industry and move it into space," he continued, adding that achieving such a feat of absolutely destroying space will “take decades and decades to achieve, but big things start with small steps."
So folks, until he reaches that goal, Bezos can at least do something good for humanity in the meantime – take after Bo Burnham's Inside banger and drink the blood of fellow billionaires Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Yum!
Top Image: CNET