It isn't a mystery to anyone that politicians and people alike rule the Earth, they make the calls on what to invest in and whatnot, and most of them are in office thanks to democratic voting systems. But how far ahead to they actually plan? Can we get them to plan even further?
The most famous physicist and cosmologist of our time, Stephen Hawking, has stated on multiple (I think) occasions that human beings need to venture into space in order to ensure the survival of our race, many people agree with him, and I believe that he is right. The Earth is sooner or later going to be unable to sustain life, be it our own doing (nukes?) or some other catastrophe (asteroids, sun blowing up/going berserk, etc) but the fact remains: it will happen. Maybe within 50 years, maybe within 500,000 years.
What I can't understand is why the leaders of our world doesn't devote more resources in space technology, when we know that it is the single most important field of science where we need to see breakthroughs. Instead NASA gets less and less money every year.
Yes I know; the financial situation world-wide right now sucks and it needs to get back up on it's feet, and we need to sacrifice resources, but after we've gotten ourselves stable again, will NASA (and more) see an increase in their budget? Judging by the current political situation: probably not. Shit sucks.
I know we are trying; NASA is, the Chinese is, I think Russia is and maybe some other government as well. As far as I know, China is currently aiming for the moon, they are currently sending unmanned probes in preparation for a possible manned station on the moon. We have the International Space Station which is doing loads of research, all-in-all not that bad but it can be so much more. We can get more Universities world-wide to focus more on this, if we want to. Don't we want to?
We need to get our politicians more involved in space technology, to get their eyes open to the single most important quest for humanity: the future colonization of space.