Do you ever wonder what goes on in other worlds?
Somewhere, beyond the distance our eyes can see, it’s possible that intelligent life is out there. And right now they’re looking up into their night sky and at the stars and wondering if they, too, are alone in the universe.
We often think of aliens as grotesque, bizarre creatures or tiny humanoids with grey skin and black, beady eyes. They want nothing more than to study or destroy us. We are the hunted.
But what about their culture? Their politics and music and food and recreation? I don’t care what they look like; what do aliens eat for breakfast? What do they do for fun? Do they watch movies? Did they ever create radio or video games?
Maybe the thought never crossed their minds.
I know these are all moot questions, given the suspicious lack of convincing evidence we have for extraterrestrial life, much less intelligent extraterrestrial life. The Fermi paradox is always sitting over there in the corner, laughing to itself like it knows the answer to some secret we haven’t figured out yet.
But I always wonder…
As Neil deGrasse Tyson has said, “To declare that Earth must be the only planet with life in the universe would be inexcusably bigheaded of us.” After all, the universe is a big place. Really big, as they say.
It’d be a waste if we were the only ones with eyes enough to see it.