Today, discrimination is rampant in the world, including racism, gender discrimination, caste systems, and religion. But what happens in the future?
Undoubtedly, international cooperation would be required for many future space missions, as ambitious programs would be too much for any single country to handle. With the current Crimea crisis, Russia is being isolated by much of the world, and even NASA has suspended its cooperation with Russia, except for the International Space Station. I can’t imagine what it must be like for the American astronauts and the Russian cosmonauts on the space station right now. Do they feel the tension up there, or is it business as usual for them?
Looking forward a couple hundred years, will things change? Will the divide between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism still exist? Will racial discrimination still exist? Will women and men be treated equally without any women’s rights or men’s rights movements? Will homosexuality be accepted? It’s difficult to know, but with how fast things change these days, I can imagine some will still exist while others will be less of an issue.
There’s also likely to be new kinds of discrimination. If genetic engineering is allowed, there could be a split between the enhanced and the natural. If extraterrestrial life is found, there could be discrimination against aliens if they ever live on Earth. There could be new religions. There could be the idea that those with cybernetic implants are advantaged. Those kinds of things could happen.
In my Ariadne books, discrimination will take place, and it will even be a major focus for some of the stories. I personally despise discrimination. But some of my main characters will be prejudiced in some way or another. I wouldn’t say it’s natural, but more of a product of the environment they grew up in. Cultural groups may split when the colony is established, moving somewhere to create their own countries. New cultures may be born, as well. New religions will certainly be created. It’s all very interesting to think about.
How do you think discrimination will change in the future?