“Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.” -Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
Like space, the motivation behind the M-barc project is big. Really big. Time capsules have long been the victims of deep bouts underground, in confined space, imprisoned by concrete or dirt. Digging them up feels more like an uncomfortable walk through an underfunded museum than an exercise in appreciating the past. That isn’t our fault, it’s the time capsule’s. In turn, humanity has long looked at the stars when overcome with questions about the future. We look up to go forward, outward to understand something greater than ourselves, and reach for heights beyond our grasp, standing on each other’s shoulders in camaraderie just to show the world that we can. Isn’t it time we put that same power of thought and foresight into a time capsule?
That is a piece of the M-barc vision that transforms the mission from one about a mere time capsule into a vision looking towards the future. A time capsule should not be buried in the ground like a corpse, exhumed at some time so that people may chuckle at trinkets of the past. Like history itself, a time capsule should be alive, a thing of power and will. It should wrestle against the laws of nature and in turn its recipients must do the same. M-barc will not sit dormant for a century, but rather send our successors on a glorious chase, and they must emerge triumphant to hear our voices. Our time capsule should reflect who we are, and who we are is a collection of people, from all corners of the world, working towards a unified future. Our time capsule will carry that vision on its journey.