Astronomically Speaking

The question of the week is: Do we believe that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe?
The obvious has already been asked this week as to whether it exists here, and at times that question is valid.

My answer as to whether I believe there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe is:
Why wouldn’t there be?

Anyone from the most zealous “God-Made-the-Earth-in-Seven-Days” creationists to the most extreme “The-Universe-and-All-in It-Is-Completely-Random-Happenstance” evolutionists, (and the majority of us anywhere in between), could not possibly believe that this is the only spot in the vast universe where intelligent life in any way came to be.

What is that life like? I could not speculate. I guess it would depend their environment or what God planned for them. Many die-hard random-theory evolutionists seem to think that only here did the right combinations come together through sheer chance and here we are; it could not be created elsewhere, because the factor likelihood is astronomical. Well, we’re talking astronomically  here. Many God-fearing folk fear the idea of Beings on or from other planets, but why? Fearful that they were not ‘saved’? If God created the universe and us, He created them as well and they may be better off than we are. If the fearful folk are of the Judeo-Christian belief system or of the many other of the traditions which have a like-version of a” Fall From Grace ” by humankind, then perhaps the folks on other worlds were never tempted and/or never fell. It’s worth considering. Their ‘people’ would have more to fear cavorting with the likes of us than we would of them.

Another part of the question this week was: Do you think any ET’s have visited Earth?

I mentioned in another post that although I will not go into detail, I have seen some strange things in the sky. Maybe some were experimental crafts made by humans. I would assume where I saw them, they were American, but some don’t fit that scenario logically; I don’ t think our space program would have had what I have seen , especially as far back as when I had seen them. Too many other people have seen too many things and although some are liars, some are kooks and some are attention-seekers, most are none of the above. And if the space-craft creators have come this far, with that kind of knowledge and power, yet have not outright taken us over, it seems to show respect and constraint on their part. We probably have a pretty bad reputation with how mankind has managed their own and the environment.
Maybe any visitors keep their distance for those reasons.
Maybe they consider us to be from the wrong side of the Milky Way.

“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”
― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Astronomically Speaking

  1. Iris B says:

    Interesting angle to bring in “religion” into the discussion. Tonette.

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    • Both extremes of the religious/anti-religion factions seem to be pretty smug about humans being the only ones either Chosen or Lucky. I have to chuckle about your comment to another about the sightings mostly being in the U.S. Others are less vocal, but much has been spotted around the world.

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  2. Micki Gibson says:

    Your post reminds me of a scene in the movie “Contact.” It’s at the end when Jodie Foster’s character is talking with a group of kids and one asks about other life forms out there. She responds along the lines that there’s a whole lot of space for us to be the only ones. And while I can’t remember the exact quote, it’s something that has stuck with me for a long time. And then there’s the whole “Men In Black” angle that many of them are here on Earth with us. Plus you know I have to go for the humor in any serious topic. 🙂

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    • I would rather laugh,Micki…I did last week but I have to admit I was not in the best of moods yesterday when I banged this out! However,I think some things needed to be said.
      YOU are our real funny gal and I am so glad you have been around!

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    “wrong side of the Milky Way” — great line. And likely an accurate capsule of “their” view of “us” … if, in fact, “they” do exist.
    Also like the quote by Adams: “any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.” As writers, we all know that most of our characters could be described thusly.
    As for the lens of religion (on the topic of possible E-T life): certainly if the Creator made one world with the human, animal, and plant inhabitants we see around us here, He could easily have made another. Possibly many others. Nothing in the theology I’m acquainted with excludes that possibility.

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    • I’m glad you like the lines, Jeff, thanks.
      There is no reason why God would stop with us, amoebas and giraffes! Heaven knows what flowers are in place elsewhere. No one can claim that there aren’t other worlds created, why not more flora and fauna…or others made in His image?
      And if anyone wants to go the random-happening route,(which, even when I tried to be an atheist,I could never find logical), there is a lot happening out there.If it happened here, it can happen elsewhere.

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  4. pjharjo says:

    I love your take on the whole affair, Tonette. 🙂

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