You seem to be the one with trouble explaining yourself. Yes, we get it that you know your not in church, and that you prefer not to have a moon base. But you did not say why... only that you prefer another option. So, at least explain why? you dont like the idea of a moon base. The question was a simple one, and without judgement... but moon quakes is a bullshit answer. So bullshit is all you have to offer to a discussion, ok. On the other hand, there may be possible pluses to having a base on the moon. For one.... depending on how much actual water is up there, it lessens the amount of water that needs to be brought up from earth itself. It could be used for making oxygen or more fuel. If humans at some later date in history want to launch deeper into space, it would be better to do so from the moon as, I hope you would be aware of, it has much lower gravity than earth. Our technology is probably not there yet, it takes time but the potential is there. A ship leaving the moon with lower gravity could be structured differently than one leaving from earth, it could also take less fuel. Potentially modular pieces of a craft to be launched later could be brought and assembled at the moon itself. having a base on the moon could probably also attract international funding. We could make it an international moon base, for research, and WE could benefit by using it, for future launches into deeper space. Another benefit, is it is closer to earth and would be a good practice for what we need to do on the surface of Mars.