Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Is There Anybody Out There?
Last night we were in my brother's back yard burning wood.
It was not a literal "campfire" because we were not camping. But, after a colossal barbecue, a dozen of us sat around the fire and talked long into the night.
Drinking beer. Swatting mosquitoes.
It was a peaceful, starry night.
During one lull in the conversation[s], I looked up… up into the dotted sky above and posed a question along the lines of --> Is there anybody out there?
I asked for each person to give a response YES or NO, as to whether they believe that anywhere out there, in the eons of space, there is life.
Someone next to me asked me to define what I mean by "life" and I specified the parameters by suggesting life of a sentient nature. Life as intelligent as humans are, or more intelligent.
Then I went round the circle of firelit faces and asked for their response.
Of the twelve of us, only two said, "No."
I did not allow for "maybes" the answer had to be yes or no.
My own answer is an unequivocal YES!
I now extend the same question to my readers. What say ye?
Yes or No?