Thanks to Quinn MacDonald at Quinn Creative for this thought on Creativity: “If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country
I was going to post last week about why we have not heard from the Aliens yet (yes, except for those few “special” people who have – you know who you are.)
My reasoning was twofold. First space is vast and we are in a small back-country corner of it and have not yet been discovered. Second, we may have been discovered and they just are not talking to us.
Like those mean girls in high school who cannot be bothered because we are so boooooorrrrring!
I will leave you with the thought that maybe we don’t WANT the aliens to discover our world and us upon it. They might feel the same way we do when we open the wall up and discover termites infesting the woodwork. Maybe we only THINK we are fascinating and worth saving.
Maybe we only think we THINK.
Think about that.
As to why they have not invaded – why bother? If they are sufficiently advanced enough to get here in the first place, what could we possible offer them? Our water? Jupiter’s moon Europa has many more tons of fresh water than Earth does, and no nasty indigenous species to complain about someone stealing it. Metals? Minerals? Natural resources? All exist throughout the solar system free for the taking.
The asteroid belt contains million ton chunks of metal just waiting to be towed and smelted into something useful.
Would they want our arts and entertainments? Only if they see, hear, smell and taste in the the same sensory spectra humans do.
Arts appeal to emotions. What if we are discovered by Vulcans?
We need to look to ourselves and our own world and our ability to expand beyond it, mentally and physically and to stop looking outside ourselves for salvation.
Only we can save ourselves from ourselves.
The question is are we creative enough to do so?
Do we have the willpower to do what is required?