I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone that some people believe that we are not alone in this life; that “aliens” exist. My opinion on aliens is much like my opinion on ghosts, I don’t believe in them, but I don’t disbelieve in them. When you think about it, it’s pretty selfish of us to think that we are the only intelligent life forms in the entire universe isn’t it? I mean, I’ve watched those shows on the Discovery Channel….the universe is a BIG place.
Some people spend their entire lifetime looking for aliens. They scour the country, chasing down every UFO sighting reported. They sit on top of a hill with binoculars, trying everything they can to get a glimpse of what is really going on in “Area 51”. They’ve created a huge cult following ;it’s almost become a way of life. Fox Mulder would be proud.
But I wonder, has anyone ever stopped to think why we haven’t really made any verified contact with alien life forms yet? It COULD be because they don’t exist but honestly, I think there’s a better explanation.
I’ll come back to my explanation in a minute, first, let’s derail for a bit.
Pretend you are back in high school. Recently, you’ve been getting random gifts from a “secret admirer” however; you know exactly who it is. You can’t help but feel his/her beady eyes, constantly boring holes into the back of your head. Every time you look up, you have to divert your eyes because, no matter where you look, their eyes meet yours, the only safe place to look is the floor, and that’s getting old.
The gifts continue to come, it starts out simple, a bouquet of flowers, a teddy bear, a friendly card. Then, as you continue to ignore this person, the gifts start to get stranger. Weird poems about how your hair smells like chocolate and your breath is the very reason they exist. Then you start getting random “mix tapes” (hey, I’m old, mix tapes were still a thing in high school…kinda) and every time you open your locker you find some note has been stuffed in it, telling you how the sound of your voice reminds them of butterflies.
The only place you can get away from them is at home, and somehow or another, they’ve managed to get your home phone number (I’m old remember…we weren’t like all the young’uns these days, we didn’t all have cell phones). Then they start showing up at your house; they are there in the morning to “make sure you get to school safely”, and they are waiting for you when you get home. You just can’t get away from them.
Would you talk to that person? Would you acknowledge they exist? Aside from possibly punching them in the face when you finally got enough? What is wrong with people like that? Can’t they get the point?
(sadly, all of the above comes from personal experience)
Now, let’s go back to our alien friends…..
We stare up at the sky, sometimes with telescopes, scouring the vast void with wondering eyes, just hoping to find an alien. We stare….and stare…..and stare
We broadcast radio messages far into the netherworld, crazy, weird messages. Messages that become scrambled and garbled after years…..mix tapes.
We send shuttles into outer space. We land rovers on other planets. We place our flags on extraterrestrial soil, claiming it as ours, though we really have no right to do so. We send space stations out to forever orbit the earth. We send satellites out on long missions, searching…waiting. Waiting for our aliens….waiting.
So, the point of my post is….to aliens, we are stalkers. Would YOU talk to us if you were an alien?