posted on Jan, 20 2009 @ 10:17 PM
Why is an Open Mind important?
Certainly their are various answers but remember the past to see the future as they say.
People who have believed in strange things in the past set the course for the future. Jules Vern created fiction about going to the moon. 20,000
leagues under the sea formulated the ideas of the submarine.
Same goes for space aliens. While we do not create them, when we look for them we expand our world. Some people will look at those fuzzy pictures of
frisbees in much the way the Wright brothers read literature of flying machines. They will take those ideas and create new technology.
The universe is beyond our comprehension in size. Think of the speed at which our technology is evolving. Picture our capability in 200 years.
Computers, communication, commonplace space travel, wormholes, particle colliders, invisibility cloaks all that it takes for an alien race to be
zipping around the cosmos is for ONE species on ONE planet to have evolved a couple of hundred years faster than us, this over BILLIONS of stars and
planets, what are the chances their is not a species out their, traveling to worlds cataloging species like our scientist exploring deep Africa. As we
are a species on the edge of becoming a space faring species(or destroying ourselves), would we not be an interesting find? With our broadcasting
radio and TV waves that rides untouched through the galaxy, what would be the chances they would not hear us?
In the worst case scenario some people will look at our crackpot ideas and find a way to create the next generation of technology around them. The
cloak from the movie "Predator", traveling space like the "Enterprise" and maybe even some hoverboards...if were lucky...
Best case scenario, we are right, we seek answers and reach beyond our grasp. Even if they are not watching us, we will have provided ideas, thoughts
and philosophy of how to handle alien contact when WE zip around the cosmos and run into our friendly(or unfriendly) neighbors.
Sometimes the literal truth is not as important as the process it takes us down, much as a musician learning a new song, we will falter and trip, and
in those failures we will find information that will allow us to reach new heights, information that is more important than the deficiencies in
believing such things.
What world do you want to live in, one in which we are simply alone in our evolution, or one in which we will make contact. Perhaps it is a case of
choose your delusion, but we do not build monuments, we do not give moral instruction or even claim to know what is right or wrong. We simply march a
slightly different path that will take us into a more developed, more advanced, more evolved future. We will be instrumental in sparking the
imaginations of the youth, inspiring tinkerers to try the impossible.
I think I will do my first podcast with a refined version of this post...