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What Does Asgardia Mean for South Africans? - Carte Blanche

15 October 2018
Imagine people living permanently in low earth orbit, living on the moon and living on other planets.
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Everybody should be part of something great that brings meaning to their lives. 
The creation of Asgardia, The Space Kingdom, a nation composed of people from all walks of life, from all over the world, with one goal in mind:  protecting the future of the human race, generates the same excitement for the future that the Apollo space program did in the sixties and early seventies. 
Imagine people living permanently in low earth orbit, living on the moon and living on other planets. 

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We currently have people from all over the world that choose to be part of Asgardia and they give of themselves for the future of mankind. It is important to note that these people are not all privileged, fortunate or “special” by any stretch, just dedicated to the common Asgardian goals and values. 
In the words of Mahatma Gandhi - “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”  Asgardia's strength  comes from our diversity in the humanity that makes up the citizens of Asgardia. 

Building a new nation is a constructive process of engaging all citizens in building social cohesion and economic prosperity.  All citizens must be involved and the involvement of the youth is a requirement to ensure our future. 

The youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but they are the social actors of change and progress today.
In a country like South Africa where rates of unemployment remain high and future social security remains questionable, it’s vital for the youth of our country to know now that there is a bright future, what skills they need and what human resource requirements Asgardia generates.

If South Africans  position themselves right with the correct skills and knowledge, they could be at the forefront of the 150 million plus Asgardians over the next 25 years to take humanity to the stars.

Marshall Mcluhan, a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual, said : “There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.”

Written by: Ben Dell, Member of Parliament for South Africa; Space Kingdom of Asgardia