A handful of species originating from Earth have an increasing chance of being born a Martian today. This red dot houses an Eden for many, but it is no more a paradise than any other physically isolated pockets of life in this universe.
We have neighbors in colonies as far as Europa and we are well engaged with their wellbeing as much as we do with the neighbors of our individual living units, but we are all inherently different behind these walls of tangible privilege. The equatorial inhabitants of Earth wake up in the day to warm sunlight. The neighbors in colonies on their orbiting moon may differ poetically on how they perceive summer to be.
The life forms conceived anywhere in this solar system today have an almost unique interplanetary privilege of birthplace bragging rights, unimaginable to our forefathers of Earth’s past. For example, I am among 40 percent of the Martian human population who were actually born on Mars, while the chief transport mechanic in my colony has a Lunar-born 9-year old cousin, 2nd generation, who has never been down to Earth. The chimps and mice born in space stations were prized specimens at the height of the Space Age of the 2020′s.
Some privileges were earned, some were just given. Technological supremacy through aggressive funding provided the early JAXA colonies with best toilets on Mars, still duplicated entirely to this day. The gift of naturally-occurring surface liquid water was rendered insignificant after the Saharan Initiative released free 3D print codes for water generators to all humans, combining any amount of oxygen and hydrogen available in any atmosphere to produce liquid H2O, igniting the explosion of outpost numbers throughout the solar system.
Where does this newfound interplanetary association leave us? United as organisms across the solar system that share a Terran origin, or interplanetary segregation? Would Earth-born children finally start bullying their classmates from outer-Earth colonies for having been genetically adapted to different gravitational environments? Will the fruits of the solar system colonization efforts spoil our successors?
We did not choose our birth rights. Our biological parents have earned them for our generation. What matters is whether we deserve to keep enjoying these little perks, by utilizing such benefits for the greater good, however the individual defines it. Such is an individual struggle, but collectively we have a bigger task at hand if we are to survive the coming wave of interstellar colonization, and that is to celebrate our differences, and learn from each other.