By Jeff Salter
We’re contemplating whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe, where they might be, whether they’ve visited the earth, et cetera.
The executive summary of my position is: I have an open mind to the possibilities.
I’m no scientist, but I cut my teeth on Sci-Fi movies, stories, and TV shows — so my answers are: Yes they exist, I don’t know where, yes they’ve likely been here, and possibly some are still here now.
No, I’m not kidding.
Can I prove it? No.
Can you prove they don’t, haven’t, and aren’t?
So let’s call a truce: I’ll believe what I want and won’t strain to prove it to anybody else… and you believe what you wish and I won’t demand to see your documentation.
For any who are still reading this, I’ll try to explain – though it won’t likely justify it to any non-believers – WHY I believe what I believe about “aliens”.
First of all, there are supposedly billions of stars and solar systems and planets, etc., etc., etc. What are the mathematical chances that only ONE single speck in all that interstellar collage has any intelligent life?
I am intrigued by the plentiful evidence that various ancient cultures had certain technology that seemed to far outstrip any other aspects of their lives. I think it’s kind of romantic to think of aliens stopping in every few centuries, leaving gems of wisdom and science to help us along, and then moving on. [Perhaps they have many other stops on planets where they also help those other folks]. Can I prove it? Nope. Don’t need to. The fact that ancient cultures could draw maps and perspectives which can only be seen from outer space is merely one fascinating aspect of the jumble of ill-fitting information that intrigues me.
What I Don’t Believe
1. Do I believe that aliens have so immersed themselves in the daily lives of earthlings that they are responsible for our awareness of microchips, mylar, plastic wrap, Velcro, TV dinners, and infomercials?
2. Do I believe that aliens have spent the years since 1947 working in military labs deep underground in the deserts of the American southwest?
3. Do I believe aliens have made contact with world leaders and signed treaties of one type or another which cede certain natural resources to THEM in return for their agreement not to blast us with ray guns?
Not likely. How could they trust politicians?
For the people who DO believe the three things I listed above, can I prove they’re wrong?
And they can’t prove (to me) that they’re right.
Do the various world governments know a lot more about alien life (and related matters) than they’re releasing to the public?
Do I know all the reasons they’re keeping us in the dark?
No, but part of it seems to relate to nations’ logical and natural desires to keep secrets from other nations. And part of it seems to do with a belief that releasing some of the things they already know might cause world panic.
Can I prove that to your satisfaction?
Can you convince me I’m wrong?
Live and Let Live
Since I can’t prove most of what I believe about aliens, and you can’t convince me that I’m wrong…
And since you can’t prove most of what you believe about aliens, and I can’t convince you that you’re wrong…
Let’s just live and let live.
We’ll all find out when their Mother Ships loom over our world’s most influential cities and send out their scout planes to do what they will.
Until then — live and let live.
Without including any hostility, criticism, or bad language … what do you think about aliens?