Our civilization is merely an anthill in the woods... A world
buzzing with the murmurs of myriads of beings which - much
like ants - run around preoccupied dealing with their everyday
life matters... jobs, business, politics, beliefs and pleasures,
all taken very seriously.
That is our local reality. However, we are all largely
unaware of the much greater reality which awaits just
a few steps beyond, and which existed long before ours. We
can't see everything which might be out there, and if we do
observe something exotic - say Dark Energy - we have very
diffficult to understand what we see.
at least a few of us "ants" have begun to ponder
the great beyond, making small excursions in our anthill surroundings
- well, perhaps more resembling bees swarming around a beehive.
I think it's wise. A society confined to one small single
location - say an island in the ocean - is very vulnerable
and can easily perish if living conditions change. Like the
Apollo Moonwalking astronaut John Young so famously concluded,
"Single-planet species don't last".
as we look into the depths of space, we can't help but asking
ourselves the eternal question: Are we alone? Are there other
anthills or beehives out there we can make contact with? It
has lately become a very popular topic. And we search and
listen. We are simply yearning to know. We even try to send
so far, we hear nothing. Where are they? Too big distance,
too hard to evolve? Do we communicate in the wrong way? Or
maybe they are already here, in secret? The theories are many,
but we forget that we are a new and very primitive species.
Any intelligence out there may be god-like entities with a
billion years of progress.
to them, if they exist, we are like an anthill or behive in
the forests. Ants know little about the world around them.
They are just busy struggling with their own daily lives.
It could be a tall building next to them, and they wouldn't
notice it. And if they could, they would still not understand
what they saw!
is precisely the same way with us. Our Earth is simply an
anthill in the woods.
We can't see everything which might be out there. You could
have intelligence life, other dimensions and even other universes
popping up all around you - literally in front of your nose,
perhaps right now while we're talking - whithout realizing
it. We are still pretty much stumbling in the dark.
we will never understand it all, and many don't even care,
as long as they get by everyday life. It also depends on how
you view "the meaning of life". Some are perfectly
satisfied with eating, socializing, making careers and building
families. But not me. As I grew up, watching my friends move
out to pursue nearly identical goals in life, I always asked:
"Is this all? Isn't there anything more to life?"
least we should care about these larger schemes for other
reasons. For example, right now a huge asteroid could be heading
for our planet, soon killing us all off in a matter of minutes.
We can never be sure. What does it matter then, if you get
that big payrise, or if your sport team wins that game? I
really wanna know!
show that we're more than ants, let's open our eyes and widen
our horizons, and at least try to look beyond. Beyond
our daily lives & occupations, beyond our local reality,
beyond our own limited place in space and time.
Let's be curious!