Partially agree; we could make some analogy between distance and energy production for example. Today, producing 600 MW of energy is possible thanks to nuclear reactors. A hundred or so years ago, nuclear energy was just a theoretical possibility, and before that nobody was even aware of the idea of dividing an atom to obtain energy from it.
Originally Posted by SOUL-DRIFTER
Now, we could say the vast distances separating star systems look enormous just as 600 MW seemed impossible to even consume a century ago, and that it's a matter of time to develop the technology necessary to travel so far in so little time. But the main difference here is that we aren't allowed to travel that fast, that's a fact. And there's no other way to travel through the universe but crossing through it (all those theories involving "spacetime bubbles" and whatnot are as real as string theory) with a finite, subluminal speed. Wormholes are a highly hypotetical chance, but we'd have discovered thousands already, since an object in space emitting particles wouldn't go unnoticed.
Thinking we'll ever travel so far is more wishful thinking that rational thinking, specially when we know the limits are out there, they've been proven already, they are real, and we can't beat them. I'd sure love to think our species will eventually reach Andromeda at reasonable speeds/time, but not only does that seem impractical (since there isn't much in Andromeda that is not here in the Milky Way) - relativity proves it to be impossible. And aliens aren't gods, so they have to deal with the same universal laws. If they're around here, it's because they live pretty near to us.
According to the logic of many people in this forum, I can fly and Mischa Barton is secretly in love with me just because I dreamed of it.