ave you noticed how so much of popular culture, science, and entertainment in general seems to center around the discovery of other worlds and extraterrestrial life? The debate about whether or not we are alone in a universe that is bigger than we can even comprehend has been going on for millennia and people either think there is intelligent life, there isn’t, or don’t care.
What really kicks my head back a bit is when scientists give specific information about how big they think the universe actually is. First, we need to understand what a Light Year means. A Light Year is the distance light can travel in 1 year at 186,000 miles a second. So, in one year, light travels 6 Trillion MILES. Store that “small” fact in your human brain. For now, we’ll just settle on the round-about agreed upon general size of the “observable” universe which is thought to be about 93 BILLION LIGHT YEARS across give or take a mile or two.
All of that space makes one think that, higher powers or not, there HAS to be something else out there, somewhere, right?
I’ve thought about this from time to time and for the most part have landed on the probability that yes, there is something else out there. Maybe it’s microscopic, bacterial, viral, vapor-like, not even biological, or perhaps it is a superior intellectual being capable of light speed and/or time travel. In the case of the latter, why haven’t they found us? Here’s my theory. They have. Subsequently, when they stumbled onto our blue marble they ran into oh, I don’t know, take “Guinness Book of World Records Holder forehead walnut-cracking idiot” from Pakistan who I featured back on October 18th of this year (MMeM, Vol. 14 Issue 20 – Ouch!) and just decided to keep on traveling by…
But, maybe that’s just my theory. If something is advanced and smart enough to find us before we find them, why would they stay? What do we have to offer them?
Pumpkin spice lattes? The combustible engine? Hybrid cars or the birth of Tesla and Artificial Intelligence to show them that we’re really REALLY trying now?
Oh wait don’t go yet, we didn’t get to show you the latest season of The Bachelorette!