What if we assume humanity is the only form of intelligent life in this region of the galaxy?
What if we, humanity, declare unilaterally, that this region belongs to us. It is our realm, our kingdom and its resources are at our disposal?
Clearly, we are very far from the technological level that would enable us to acess these resouces now but isn’t that level of technological prowess what we are striving to attain?
It would be impossible to put a numerical value to the wealth embodied in these galactic resources but if we defined this wealth as the basis of a economic system, could we not then plan long-term to clean up this planet, abolish poverty and hunger and and ensure a decent life for all human beings?