posted on Feb, 28 2012 @ 08:57 AM
It is true that as of yet, the informational bubble around our location in space is pretty small. However, the fates of planets and stars, galaxies
and clusters thereof, are played out over unimaginable time scales,over mind-buggeringly huge distances. No one should be shocked at the reality of
this. If our computer and communications technology continues to grow at its current rate, and advances in those technologies allow us to communicate
faster, and over greater distance, then that bubble will grow over time.
Obviously the size of it at the moment is so minute that it has not, in all probability, passed over a significantly interesting patch of space. But
think about this logically for a moment. Who the hell really thought that slamming reams of data out into the cosmos in every direction was ever going
to produce a tangible result? Bearing in mind the fact that when the first radio transmissions were sent, they were only intended to communicate with
objects well within our own atmosphere, let alone deep space, I do not think that the progress of that transmission has been too shabby!
It is also important to remember one other simple thing. This planet, and therefore its inhabitants, have EONS left in them. Our star is not due to
burn out, or fade away any time soon, and assuming we psychotic apes can get our selves together and start behaving like brothers rather than as
mortal enemies, we could sustain our existance on Earth, or at least within the confines of the Sol system, for ages yet. We could colonise every
spare square inch of rock in our system, and by that point we may have developed transportation and communications methods that outstrip todays gear
by thousands of times, in terms of power and reach. Even if we have not achieved much more in terms of progress by the time we need to move off of
this rock, those messeges, sent into the void in times past, and perhaps forgotten, will have moved an awful lot further out. They may yet have an
affect in that regard.
However, it is not the size of the current bubble of data we have surrounded ourselves in that interests, or disturbs me. Size is not everything. It
is the content that concerns me. The first data that will come to the eyes or ears of any potential lifeform out there, will be the words of the most
dangerous, sick and perverted individual to have risen to power in the last centuary. Images and sounds of death, war, famine and the accumulated
evils of a generation, will be the first understanding of our species, gained by another. That is what concerns me. If there was ever a reason to at
least attempt to pass the light speed barrier, then this is surely it. I do not think that it is a fair representation of our species to begin our
contact with another planets inhabitants, for them to recieve as thier first impression, that of barbarity, sickness and evil. These things still
exist today, but they do not own all of us. There are masses of people in the world who, while not being sinless, are not the psychopathic progeny of
a world gone wrong, but beacons of hope and strength in times of dire circumstance.
We may never be as good as we would like to be, or have the clean clinical and morally balanced future that fans of Star Trek would be familiar with,
and we may never be as technologically advanced as that, who knows. But that does not mean that we should be happy that the first thing known about
us, by any other living sentient being, is hate and blood. That is far more concerning than the idea that the current diameter of our communications
bubble is so tiny as to appear as nothing when weighed against the size of the galaxy!