Asteroids could be Great For Us.

The President, or perhaps the Secretary General of the United Nations, should propose an International Asteroid Shield Agency in which as many nations participate as possible. The agency would pool resources, scientific and financial and human, to develop means with which to detect and destroy dangerous asteroids. And it should be emphasized that this is *not solely out of fear of an asteroid strike*. It will be an economic stimulus, and, most of all, a scientific and space exploration stimulus. One of the purposes will be investigating the possibility of mining asteroids, and another will simply be space science. Benefits are sure to accrue beyond reassuring people and preventing asteroid strikes.

It would also have the effect of inducing people to feel more united, from one country to the next. Countries involved would be psychologically nudged into thinking of themselves as part of a world, rather than in nationalistic terms.

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