Is there a race against time to discover FTL travel? Hey guys. I would like to ask your opinion on a possible crisis for humanity. If humans havn't discovered practical FTL space travel before oil becomes scarce... could we be in trouble? When oil runs out, lots of things will change. Could it be that we could be plunged into chaos? Could we squander our resources, and focus our efforts on maintaining quality of life on our home while nearly abandoning research on space exploration? Could we procrastinate for so long that a disaster, natural or otherwise, makes it impossible for us to evolve further in our current form? Could the strength and purity of our genes be diminished after a long period spent stagnant on earth enjoying prosperity? Could there be a "race against time" of sorts to discover FTL travel? Just wondering if you think that this is worrying possibility or not. I'm thinking of writing a novel that may include a few of these concepts, so i'm really interested to hear your thoughts on how this could be a problem (or not). TL;DR: Should we be focusing on FTL travel sooner rather than later? What are some reasons we should aim to discover FTL travel as soon as possible?