Search for intelligent life out there … well anywhere actually

Norm Park / Estevan Mercury
March 16, 2011 01:00 AM

Science fiction stuff doesn't usually interest me. I have enough of a problem dealing with realities. But once in awhile I lose myself in the prospects that there might be intelligent alien life out there in Stephen Hawking's land well beyond the Star Trek farm, two miles north of the correction line.

For instance, what if there is intelligent life elsewhere and they have a million years head start on us? That would make them super intelligent and we'd be like ants to them. They see us, but aren't really that interested in communing with us for obvious reasons.

They might observe us with some amusement, like how we set up our colonies and select our leaders. They'll note that we have things called presidents, prime ministers, popes, dictators, kings and queens and none of them appear to be especially talented.

They would note our main source of energy comes from dead plants and see we're still bothered by things like snakes, flies, mosquitoes and other buggy things that they don't have to worry about. They go where there's lots of oxygen and water.

They have intelligent life. We have Gadhafi , Palin, Trump, Sheen and Snooki.

No contest.

Would they be hostile just because they could and we're so far behind? I say probably not. They'd most likely be dismissive. They wouldn't be interested in our guns and bombs because all we do is kill one another with them, so why hook up with the self destructive stupids!

Heck, they may have already landed in Weyburn or Ottawa, taken a look around and decided to move on.
They probably scratch their heads at why we cry when we're happy and sad and how come we get sweaty and smelly and how some of us think we're strong, but we're not.

Geech probably turns to Tron and they have a giggle when Tron suggests that "I wouldn't let that Harper kid operate any heavy equipment in my backyard."

They'd marvel at how we worship a mere child with a funny haircut, named Bieber (the kid not the haircut, of course the cut is called a Bieber too, isn't it?) They'd also marvel at how the male of the species generally adores the females of the species who have overdeveloped mammaries and the fact that some of them are real and some are manufactured doesn't seem to matter to the male species.

They would see how we are incapable of communicating among ourselves and we exchange things called money in an effort to keep score in some kind of game we play down on Earth and they see how the guys in charge of the money are really the cheaters, but the colonists haven't quite caught on to that yet and so they laugh and decide we're better off just being left alone, and like the other ants we'll live our lives in our colonies only to be observed from a distance whenever they're totally bored.

In other words, I don't expect any Skype messages from a planet in a universe far away any time soon.

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