There should be, a rational being would believe, a system of priorities among a species as cognizant as are we. There are, after all, certain things that would tell even a lower animal that survival is the number one.
We lost our cat, Jackie, in the wilds of Colorado last Summer. She got out a window of the motor home overnight and we looked for a day for her. 8 weeks later she turned up, despite the presence of wild cats, and other predators where she escaped. She was unharmed. In reading up on house cats (she'd never been loose outside) which are suddenly outside, they seek a hiding place 1st. Their 1st goal is not shelter, food, water....It is instead survival.
The human species in all its intelligence seems almost to avoid that survival drive...at least as a species. Instead we busy ourselves with wars, budgets, societal issues that will not mean a hill of beans in 10 to 50 years...let alone centuries.
My feeling, for years, has been that there is a certainty that this planet will face another catastrophic impact of a meteor in the future such as that experienced 60,000,000 years ago, wiping out almost everything on the Earth's face. That fact alone would seem to dictate that we would take our new-found space capability and expand upon it until we can send some folks to live 1st on Mars....and eventually into outer space to find habitation on a nearby (as galactic distances go) planet in a second solar system.
Nope. We have, instead dropped space from our plans and in stead turned it over to private industry, ill-funded to accomplish this expansion in less than perhaps one hundred years at a minimum and up to three or four hundred years at a maximum...largely dependent upon our development of a much faster space drive.
Our governments, while launching satellites, and planning lunar visits exhibit no taste for even Mars. They'd rather spend their time fighting over religion, oil, and land control.
Meanwhile, the average time between cataclysmic events has elapsed, and we are on borrowed time as a species.
Too bad man is so narrow-minded and shortsighted. It could cost us our survival!