When I look at the world with my eyes, a telescope or microscope, I see the same thing—life. Looking into space at the billions of stars, I find it unfathomable that there are those who believe that we are alone in this universe.
Traveling at 186,000 miles per second, aimed at Polaris, the North Star, 431 light years from Earth, NASA is beaming The Beatle’s song “Across the Universe.” This is a hopeful message to intelligent life forms that might be out there.
World-renowned British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said to his mathematical brain, the existence of aliens is logical. He said they might not be friendly, comparing a visit to Earth by aliens to the devastation of the Native Americans when Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World or as predators desiring to exploit Earth’s resources. Basing his predictions of aliens on human behavior, his analysis is stirring controversy in the scientific community and media.
Existence of harmful viral and bacterial life forms is logical. Assuming that superior intelligent life possesses the characteristics of humanoids is not. Sensibly, there is an equal chance or more that other species have surpassed the barbaric nature of man.
Many of us on this planet believe that extraterrestrials are already watching Earth. If that is the case, what do they see in humanity today?
Across the world they see thousands upon thousands of oil rigs off the coast of Earth’s most precious natural resources—oceans, rivers and tributaries. Off the coast of Louisiana, an exploded rig is spewing out more than 210,000 gallons of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.
Reaching land it is becoming one of the United States largest ecological catastrophes in history, causing a wave of destruction larger than San Diego County to life in its path.
Looking at the planet’s oceans, they see at least 405 dead zones, a result from decaying pollution, mostly plastics. Sucking out the oxygen, nothing can live in its boundaries. An estimated 83,000 tons of sea life die each year in Chesapeake Bay alone, the largest estuary system in the U.S.
World operation of nuclear reactors, ships and warheads confirm a species that has no design in disposing hundreds of thousands of tons of spent fuel and millions of gallons of radioactive waste from plutonium processing. Fragile relations between the major nations and countries seeking more power, this world is on the brink of another cold war, or a scorching one.
China’s oppression of the people and culture of Tibet and the Israeli occupation of Palestine are a keen insight to the nature of man’s greed for supremacy and land.
Watchful aliens would observe 20 nations living out genocide at the mass killing stage. Hundreds of thousands of people are dead and millions still at risk.
Looks at world economics illustrate a system run by politicians, bankers, oil, pharmaceutical and large corporations. They rape the world’s economy and manipulate the populace for greed, control and profit.
They see illegal drug cartels, pirates, child labor and sex slave traders that continuously prey off their victims.
This is only a glimpse. Need I say more?
Logically, humans could easily be seen as the locust of the universe, swarming across this planet completely devastating everything in its path. Precisely what Hawking is warning the world about in the potential contact with an alien species.
Optimistically, any observers would take into consideration the compassion of a great many people of the Earth that recognize the problems of this world and try to make a difference.
Hawking’s question is provocative. Are we ready for first contact? Are aliens ready for us?
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