In both science fiction movies Contact and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (both great movies and Contact was a great book), the main characters are faced with the choice of going on a voyage across the galaxy, but due to the time dilation set out in Einstein's theory of general relativity, time would pass very differently to these characters as they approached the speed of light. To them, their journey might seem to last only a few months, but to those left behind on earth, the journey would last centuries, perhaps even millenia. When they returned to Earth, everyone they knew and loved would die. I talked about this with my friend who is married and has children, and to my shock, he said "yes," he would go. I told him if I were there, I'd talk him out of it. He told me he would convince me to go, seeing as though I don't have a family of my own.
So my question is, would you go on such a journey, knowing you will never see your loved ones ever again, but with the potential that you might learn more than humanity has ever learned before.
By the way, there are real life examples of this in some ways when you consider the indigenous people who agreed to accompany European explorers back to Europe (the voyages of Cook, Bougainville, la Perouse, etc.)
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