OK, first off, I'm not a big blogger, but I feel that I should apologize for not posting here more often. Anyways, this is going to be a mostly philosophical look into what I was just thinking about as I was brushing my teeth and retainer, in preparation for bed.
My generation is the most important on this planet right now. Now, you must be thinking that my generation isn't, but the one after mine is. I understand why you might think this, but let me explain why I think my generation is the most important. We are the ones who will create the technology that will push the human race forward (or potentially backward, if we don't do this right). Let me explain further. I'm going to start my freshman year at Penn State in a mere three days. I plan on majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Engineers create things that help advance human life. I'm (hopefully) going to see the first colonies of humans on different worlds. We will finally leave our pretty, blue, magnificent sphere that we call home. The human species will finally become redundant. A single asteroid impact wouldn't be able to annihilate us. We will be better than those that we succeeded on this planet.
Now, all of this comes with a downside. We still have nuclear proliferation, and the very real threat of nuclear war. Granted, it isn't anything like it was during the Cold War, but it is still there. We could end up destroying ourselves tomorrow, thereby extinguishing any hope of moving on from this planet. It would indeed be a horrific time. Not only that, but there are still other factors and natural disasters that could be deadly to the human race as a whole. I don't want to see us perish on this planet without at least making an attempt at extending our reach.
If we can get through all the problems that we currently face as humans, I think that we'll be able to move on as a species. We'd finally be able to live on new planets. Maybe in a few generations time, we'll be able to travel between stars. Although, I would find it amazing to live in a future time, I'm excited for my generation. We are the ones who will help push humanity to the stars, and I feel immensely privileged by this.