Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dalai Lama in 2012!

This will sound rather pessimistic in tone, but please keep in mind that what follows is my first post since watching the Browns' season opener.

Articles like this one from the NY Times simultaneously exhilarate and frustrate the fuck out of me.

Is there life out there?  Of course.  Obviously.  To doubt it is to display very little understanding of how vast 'out there' really is.  True, HD 85512b (awesome name for a planet and, coincidentally, the serial number of our toaster) may be and probably is devoid of life, but just what if?

Astronomers cautioned that it would take years and observations from telescopes not yet built before...a search for signs of life could be undertaken. 

What I want to know is can we stop killing each other and shitting on our planet long enough to make contact or even catch a glimpse?  Can we forestall self-destruction and give these brilliant telescope builders enough time?

Doubt it.

I know we have the ingenuity to probe ever further into the unknown, but ingenuity can carry us so far without wisdom.  As celestial mysteries unfold slowly through the lens, wars keep raging and the Earth keeps cooking.  Sooner or later something's gotta give.

Now that the Dalai Lama is retiring from Tibetan politics, I wonder if His Holiness might give us a try.

nwb

4 comments:

cait said...

Yes! I totally believe in aliens, but everyone always looks at me like I'm crazy when I say that.

McBone said...

If you think about it, it's crazy NOT to believe in aliens. There is simply no way this is the only planet that's hospitable to life.

nwb

Slider K. Shaftacular said...

Do you think aliens have control of Kid Shay and make him wear those glasses?

Kid Shay said...

Slider, the glasses give me x-ray vision, which, as you know, has all kinds of useful applications. Also, they allow me to communicate with Buddy Holly.