I found this cartoon, which in my view perfectly shows how politicians do not see the light of human advancement. From the space exploration that we have done, we have advanced tremendously and gained much insight. However, politicians are not allowing this. Let us observe this cartoon: The Earth is shown as being small, overpopulated and not well-run. The 'Resources of Space' are shown as being gigantic, compared to the smallness of the Earth. It offers space to grow crops, land for its people to populate, an overabundance of raw materials; and yet people say that we cannot do this. We have the resources, we have the technology, we have the capital. Even if we did not have enough money, the return on such an investment would be well worth it. Also, imagine the new technologies that would come from different gravities, different environments, and even different materials.
Tell me, why can people not take such an offer of benefit?