posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 08:26 PM
Well for me personally, the idea is pretty creepy, unnerving even.
I too, have always found the possibility of our planet (and the creatures on it) being the only species out there pretty impossible. And I hadn't
thought about it all that much. But now the idea has come up, and it really is just so beyond fantastic.
To think that our world, this planet, is all that's alive out there? And that nothing will ever come of it? That the entire universe, everywhere
imaginable and endless as we know it, is inhabited by JUST is? The idea is more unsettling than anything, and somehow makes our whole world seem LESS
signifigant than before.
Perhaps because us being all that there is out there, means that we can never have anything but that of which we create. That we will never find any
new lifeforms or planets with life on them, no matter how far we look. Such an idea would really mean that all of human evoloution is totally
confined, that no matter how much we evolve, our small world is all that will ever exist.
The idea I suppose could comfort many, but if it was (somehow) proven 110%, I think it would cause a major uproar. What's the point of exploring
space if there's nothing out there? What will be the point of technological advancement when there is nothing to achieve from it beyond our earth?
What is the purpose of learning, when what there is to know would be so limited? I think many people would rebel against the idea entirely, in fact,
as it is such a foreign concept.
It's an interesting idea, for sure. And one of the things that I think surprised me most when it first came to mind was this: as our society is
today, one would expect the idea of no extraterrestrial life to be widely comforting, and the concept of some unknown beings living out there quite
nerve-racking. However, for me anyway, it would seem as though it is the exact opposite. A direct contradiction to the common mindset that so many
people have been brought up with.