reply to post by Blaine91555
I get the strange feeling there were more UFOs between 1945 and 1995 then after. I don't know why. Maybe it's because most of the books I've read were
older. Or maybe it's just that I don't research it as much as I used to. Maybe it has something to do with the baby boomer generation.
I was born in 1977. Young or middle age; take your pick. I feel old though, often. I feel like I could blink my eyes and I'll be 55. I know that time
flies. It's not a good feeling, but it's inevitable. That or I don't live to 55. But I think of all the people that live and die. It stretches your
heart to its breaking point because humans are more than just half-remembered or mostly forgotten memories. But anyway, I'm looking at all this from
the perspective of somebody that just turned 35.
Humans go back a couple million years according to science. Think about that. But the genetic lineage that led to us goes back further. There's so
much history that gets all mixed up...
In HS I knew a teacher that told me he had seen a UFO when he was growing up and that it scared the sh** out of him. He always gave me the impression
he knew more than he was saying.
He's dead now. There're many like him. In all walks of life, not just military.
Even my own grandpa said he saw a ufo. He's dead too.
Your thread just reminds me of how precious and momentary everything is.
There may or may not really be anything to all this. How do I know. Maybe us humans are inventing stories to make our lives more interesting. And we
carry them with us like souvenirs.
Nonetheless, I've heard a couple stories. I don't believe anything with certainty.
I do know that science tells us there're 300+ sextillion stars in the observable universe. We may only be a fraction of the whole universe, they're
not sure. If we don't know the actual size of the whole universe then how do we know the speed we're presently traveling. Anyway, there're 100+
billion galaxies in the observable universe. Some of them big, some of them small. It's estimated there're a couple billion earth-analogs in the milky
way. There're supposed to be tens of billions of earth-like planets orbiting older, redder stars. Fossilized or traces of life might be found on
asteroids, comets, moons, in the clouds of many of the planets, perhaps even in the clouds of gases in interstellar space. I read a article recently
that there might be billions of drifting planets between the solar systems in our galaxy that might also carry traces of extinct or present life. When
you count up all the asteroids and planets and comets and moons and even the clouds of gas you arrive at a startling number of potential sites where
life might be found in our single galaxy. With billions of other galaxies in the observable universe, I have to believe things are out there. It's too
silly to think we live in a sterile universe. If that were in fact the case, it's the best evidence there could be for a god.
The milky way is located in a local cluster of galaxies and is headed towards The Great Attractor, located 250 million light years away, a mass of
galaxies and dark matter that contains the equivalent mass of many thousands of galaxies (as I understand). Yet this is just the beginning because
we're in fact headed for something even larger that's 200 million light years further out. See, the more we learn the more we understand this universe
is immense and we haven't even begun to grasp what it means. We've only sampled one other planet for life, and it was only one meager controversial
experiment. We haven't sent a human past the moon. The international space station is the only real example of a off-planet colony and it's barely 300
miles from the surface of our planet. We've only just begun to reach for whatever is out there, like a toddler seeing things for the first time.
Some say there's going to be a technological singularity in hte next 50 years that will exponentially fuel our progress and send us to infinity. I
don't believe it. When humans discovered oil in the 19th century and started drilling it to fuel society, they also thought that it would cure
diseases and end hunger and give everyone a job and even save us from ourselves (if there's such a thing). Oil helped humanity on its journey, but oil
was just the beginning. We've a long, long ways to go. There's no silver bullet to save us. If there's a technological singularity as is argued then
perhaps it too is only just a beginning and once we cross the threshold we'll find that the road continues on into the distant horizon, and that
problems, once thought overcome, reshape themselves into new ones.
We can hold each other's hands and appreciate what's around us. Everything. It's the best we can do because everything we have is going to be taken
away from us. We're mortal living a universe determined to kill us with icy resolve. A universe that counts every marble and every drop and rise in
pressure. We're destined to go back from where we came from, the mass of familiar particles surrounding us. We grew from a program called DNA that
somehow fashioned itself from the particles and waves that constitute reality. We can't stop this from happening. But as already stated, we can
appreciate the few moments given to us. How we appreciate them varies. We usually do it together.
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