No action will be taken against the tiger that bit the woman who tried to pet it.
“The police said Ms. Eide appeared to be drunk or under the influence of drugs. They said she was taken to the Creighton University Medical Center, where she was aggressive toward the staff who later called the police. Ms. Eide was cited for criminal trespassing.”
“Just in case you had any doubt, if you pet a tiger you will most likely get bitten.” said Omaha police department. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/us/omaha-zoos-three-legged-tiger-bites-woman-who-tried-to-pet-it.html?_r=0
Holy crap! It would never have crossed my mind that if you try to be friendly with a tiger it will bite you. It is so unfriendly and cruel for a wild animal in a cage to bite a friendly (but drunk) hand that is trying to pet you. So uncivilized. The poor woman broke into the Omaha Zoo just to become friends with a tiger. She just felt lonely and full of love.(and alcohol). And what is a better way to show and spread love than to break into the zoo at night and hug a tiger?
And what is even more appalling is that the mean and inconsiderate animal, the tiger, goes unpunished!
And I would like to ask this brute, the tiger: Is that how you treat a woman? Have you no manners? Even if she was drunk. What were you thinking? That she would bite you? What a pussy!
And the poor woman ended up in a hospital and was so distressed and disappointed in the tiger that she started to abuse the hospital stuff. And it is all your fault, you uncivilized brute!
So, here is my thinking. If this poor woman had stuck her head in the cage instead of her hand, would the tiger have been more understanding? And, if not, this drunken, drugged bitch would have had no need to go to a hospital without her head.
Sometimes when I post on Facebook I don't check the facts before posting. And I am sorry for not being more thorough and not spending more time checking the facts.
But I am not going to apologize for saying what I think, for not being politically correct.
It is very rare for me to say that I hate anything or anybody. But I do hate political correctness.
And it started not here but in my country of birth. The Soviet Union.
Over there we had to be very careful what we said and how we said it. There were words and expressions that were appropriate to use and otherwise. And otherwise was dangerous for your health.
And one of the reasons I am here is that I don't have to think about every word I say anymore.
But as my American experience advanced and I started to participate in political discussions I noticed a frightening and familiar trend, especially in the liberal part of the country.
To me it is frightening and disgusting. These people are inventing their own language that is their correct way to speak. But that is another story. I have written about it in a previous article. http://democracyinactionblog.com/2015/08/18/political-correctness/
So I may have to disappoint some of the people that read my comments on Facebook and in my blog.
I stopped commenting on Facebook for a while because of the comments I was getting from my super liberal friends and conservatives. But later I came to the conclusion that I was wrong not to comment. I will not be quiet. I will do my best to check the facts but I will continue to express my opinions in the way I like and as my limited English vocabulary will allow.
Some of the people that I know are criticizing me for being “all over”. I guess in their opinion if I side with conservatives on one issue then I must side with conservatives on all issues. The same goes for my liberal friends. I am not sorry to disappoint both sides. Nobody is right or wrong all the time. So I may agree or disagree with a particular view without regard to the label assigned to the author.
Yes, and one more thing I hate...labeling people.
According to some you are either a conservative or a liberal. As if one has to think according to the label assigned. I will not volunteer for the bed of Procrustes.
I love to disappoint both sides. I am not a “Conservative”. I am not a “Liberal”. I have opinions on some subjects and I express these opinions without consulting Conservative or Liberal manuals.
And it is fine with me that sometimes I might agree with either side.
(Sorry for too many “I's”)
Yes, Jewish struggle for survival is very important to me...much more important than to some American Jews because of my experiences.
And if some of my liberal friends think that if they would love Muslims, they (Muslims) would love them back, then my liberal friends grew up in a nice comfortable bubble with a silver spoon in their mouths. There is widespread Islamic terrorism. Islamic fundamentalism is a world-wide phenomenon and is a grave danger for Western civilization. So there, Mr. Obama and my liberal friends.
The invasion of Iraq was a crime against humanity. Bush (W) and Cheney are war criminals and should be in jail, my conservative friends. They are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the Great Recession and the chaos in the Middle East, among other things.
Many blacks in our country are to blame for their violent and tragic situation...“Black Lives Matter”.
Yes. Just like white lives or Asian lives or any other life. But most blacks are killed by blacks. It is not all “black and white” of course, but liberals cannot blame it all on “white skin privilege”.
Gun madness in this country is the result of a devastating paranoia and it is a symptom of a sick society. And conservatives who blindly follow the NRA are either stupid or are paid by the NRA.
The antisemitic BDS movement in universities is largely based on ignorance and out-of-control liberals who would love to feel sorry for dead Jews or at least beaten-down Jews. And these liberal “intellectuals” disgust me and should be condemned for crimes against humanity. http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/08/jerry-seinfeld-politically-correct-college-campuses
I think that current wealth concentration in very few hands is a danger to Democracy and is creating an unstable society. Do I want socialism in America? God forbid. I came from there. But I do want higher taxes for the very wealthy. I want an end to “Citizens United”.
So who wants to label me a “liberal”? Or a "conservative"? A bigot? A racist?
Sure! Be my guest! Did all of this make you angry?
Now please, take your labels and shove it!
Hypocrisy of closet child molesters.
“Perez Hilton is certainly no stranger to controversy, but it seems as though even he couldn’t have predicted the amount of backlash that he would receive after revealing that he and his two-year-old son, Mario, sometimes share a shower together.
Commenting on the snap, some users wrote: “IS THIS A JOKE? THEY’RE BOTH NAKED?”, “Kinda creepy”, and “That’s just odd”, with one particularly nasty comment reading: 'This is child abuse.' ” http://news.yahoo.com/perez-hilton-under-fire-for-sharing-a-shower-with-104630320.html
I don't know who this guy is and I don't care. It seems like he and his son were having a good time.
In my not so humble opinion, only professional child molesters would think of this as something inappropriate...or very stupid “child protectors”. For the rest of the world, it would simply look cute and fun.
So my suggestion to these outraged puritanical hypocrites – check yourselves into a mental institution and confess the impure thoughts you are having while watching naked babies.
But, most importantly, just shut up and go away!
If I were to believe in God
The tragic fate of the chosen people
Chosen for what?
People who gave the world Christ and Spinoza
Freud and Einstein
Exiled from Rome and Alexandria
From Spain and Germany
From Russia and Argentina
What are the Jews chosen for?
They lifted countries that accepted them
Lifted from barbarism, from ignorance
Jews brought to people science and philosophy
Industry and commerce, music, arts and literature
And always, every time in return, the Jews were hated
Murders, persecution and expulsion followed.
The “chosen” people punished by envy, greed and ignorance
Punished by the same people who greatly benefited from the Jews
Blood thirsty mobs rejoicing mindlessly
Pogroms and Kristalnacht. Mass graves and concentration camps
If I would believe in God I would ask: what are we chosen for?
God, we have done our best to follow your teachings.
Is this what we deserve?
Is this the gratitude we earned from the omnipotent?
Exile, oppression and death?
Is that our reward for trying to make the World a better place?
If I would believe in God I would say: we are not asking for rewards from you, God
Just please let us be.
Are we being punished for giving the world Einstein, Niels Bohr and Wolfgang Pauli?
And then I thought that we, the Jews, are being used
Used like a dispensable tool. Used and discarded.
If I would believe in God I would say that we, the Jews, are just useful disposable tools in God's hands.
And God keeps our numbers low
Too many Jews are not needed for God's purpose.
There cannot be too many chosen people.
Just a bare minimum to fit into God's grand design.
And yet we, the Jews, are proud to be the tools
Proud to be the “chosen” people.
Yes, I am proud of my people, proud to be a Jew
But not because we are “chosen”
I am proud of my people for their accomplishment and will to survive despite being the “chosen” people
Six Million perished in the Holocaust.
One third of us “chosen” people perished, just variables of the “grand design”
A plan we mere mortals cannot comprehend.
So why should we blindly believe in you, the merciful omnipotent God?
Jews, the chosen people are being slaughtered while praising God.
Jews-a useful tool, dispensable. Just a tool.
A tool used and then discarded by the cold, inhumane executioner of a grand scheme.
Lives, families' hopes destroyed
Oh merciful God
You chose the Jews
We, the Jews, are the chosen people
Just variables, inexpensive dependable and disposable
I do not believe in this cold, calculating God.
I do not know if there is a vast intelligence, orders of magnitude more powerful than our meager brains
I am just a mere mortal, a small ripple in the ocean of life
This intelligence would operate by rules where all civilizations are just variables in the Universal Game.
There would be no morals, no good or evil
No compassion, love or hate
Just immense (by our measure) play and movement
I do not know to what end, why the Universe exists
But we humans, including Jews, appeared and will be gone in the next Universal instant
Just a variable in a process we cannot comprehend
And that makes more sense to me
Below is a quote from today's article in Chicago tribune by a successful black person: One man remembered feeling not just protected in his home, but also in his community, where neighbor women and men looked out for him. Many of us nodded because we shared a similar experience.
He talked about core values that his parents instilled about personal responsibility and hard work and respect for others that were reinforced by his community. About being required to say "Good morning," and "please and thank you."
"If someone saw you doing or saying something wrong, they called you on it or they grabbed you up in your collar," he said. "And your parents didn't argue or fight with them. Imagine trying to chastise somebody's child, nowadays." http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-dinner-tyjuan-poindexter-dawn-turner-20150921-column.html
It is a huge disservice black leaders and liberals do to black people by constantly telling them about their rights but not too much about their responsibilities. The fact everyone knows is that you cannot end racism by just outlawing it. Many people are just racists and will be racists as long as they live. And for many it is a stereotype of blacks as violent, lazy and not very bright. And as we all know a stereotype is hard to change.
Rights and responsibilities. “An overlooked feature of the declaration is that it ends with duties and obligations upon an individual to their community. Sadly, we have become obsessed with rights, without any corresponding sense of duty, obligation or responsibility. I truly believe that with rights come responsibilities. There needs to be a balance, for our privileges can be no greater than our obligations.” http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/rights-must-be-balanced-with-responsibilities-20101209-18qq6.html#ixzz3ll5eDSmU
My wife told me about a conversation she had with a colleague, a black guy (I didn't call him “African-American” because I am not sure if his ancestors are from Africa). She told him that her parents taught her since childhood that Jews in order to succeed have to be better than the next person. And he totally objected to this notion. He has the same rights as anyone else, he stated. And that is true...in theory.
Many racial and religious groups were stigmatized, discriminated against...Irish, Jews, Italians, Orientals. “Native-born Americans criticized Irish immigrants for their poverty and manners, their supposed laziness and lack of discipline, their public drinking style, their catholic religion, and their capacity for criminality and collective violence. In both words and pictures, critics of the Irish measured character by their perceived physical appearance”. http://picturinghistory.gc.cuny.edu/item.php?item_id=211%00
Just like the Irish, be it Orientals or Mexicans, etc, they knew what they had to overcome. They were treated unfairly. It was harder for them to find jobs but they persevered and began to do just fine.
Yes, we have to fight for equal rights. But we all have to prove something. Prove with our lives, with our actions, with our hard work. Prove that we are a hard-working, successful group.
“It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” Benjamin Franklin
Who is more successful: a Mexican-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. with less than an elementary school education, and who now works as a dental hygienist? Or a Chinese-American whose parents immigrated to the U.S. and earned Ph.D. degrees, and who now practices as a doctor?
Amy Chua (AKA “Tiger Mom”) and her husband Jed Rubenfeld, author of the new book The Triple Package, claim it’s the latter. They argue that certain American groups (including Chinese, Jews, Cubans, and Nigerians) are more successful and have risen further than others because they share certain cultural traits. Chua and Rubenfeld bolster their argument by comparing these groups’ median household income, test scores, educational attainment, and occupational status to those of the rest of the country. http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2014/02/24/are-mexicans-the-most-successful-immigrant-group-in-the-u-s/ideas/nexus/
More about “white privilege” and work ethics.
A new paper from a University of Chicago PhD candidate, Alison Rauh, finds that black immigrants tend to be more successful than black Americans. They out-earn black natives (after accounting for age) and are more likely to be employed. This is not surprising; white immigrant groups outperform their native cohort too. But what’s most intriguing is how their children fare. The children of black immigrants are more likely to go to and complete college than native blacks (and whites) and are less likely to drop out of high school. http://qz.com/198512/america-still-is-the-land-of-opportunities-for-black-immigrants-but-not-their-kids/
Below is a quote by a “white privileged” guy:
Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged."
"THE FUCK!?!?" I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water? I have. At twelve years old, were you making ramen noodles in a coffee maker with water you fetched from a public bathroom? I was. Have you ever lived in a camper year round and used a random relative's apartment as your mailing address? We did. Did you attend so many different elementary schools that you can only remember a quarter of their names? Welcome to my childhood.
So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person
Now about my own experience.
I did not experience “white skin privilege”...not in my old country, the Soviet Union, where I was a Jew first and a citizen second. I mean second-rate citizen. We the Jews knew that we had to be better than non Jews in order to get into college or to find a job. Many colleges and jobs were off limits to Jews no matter how good you were.
I didn't know anything about the “privilege” when we came to America with a one year old child and $400. With my broken English and no US experience I did not feel “privileged”.
My wife and I knew that we would have to work hard and study the language in order to make a decent living for ourselves and our children. At that time we were helped by a Jewish organization and were expected to find a job within 3 months. And then we were expected to pay back the money given to us. And we did.
We did not know anything about any social programs so it never crossed our minds to apply for any kind of help from the Government.
Is there “white privilege”? Yes. Racism is one of the reasons. High crime rate among blacks is another reason. Is that fair? No it is not. A good friend of ours adopted two black kids. These kids are adults now. I know them. Great human beings. Decent and hard working. And they get stopped by local police for just walking in the neighborhood. Racial profiling? Yes. But let's get real. It will continue as long as the high crime rate remains among the black population.
The main problem of our country is the erosion of the middle class. Not just white or black. The backbone of our society is crumbling. So where is this so-called “white privilege” for most Americans?
There is privilege. For those born with a silver spoon in their mouth. Regardless of race or nationality.
In my opinion well-meaning people, by evoking “white privilege”, provide many blacks with an excuse to blame all their problems on discrimination. Some are practicing “professional victim-hood” and are spending most of their efforts blaming everyone else for their problems.
“Vester Flanagan, the gunman who killed a reporter and a cameraman on TV Wednesday, was a "professional victim" during his time at the station before being fired in 2013. Flanagan interpreted efforts by the station to improve his performance and persuade him to work more cooperatively with colleagues as discrimination” http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/trending/tt-BBmbJuG?q=TV%20shootings&form=PTTWFD
What can we as a society do to help people (of any race) to break the cycle of poverty?
One thing that absolutely needs to be done is to provide a good quality education for those who want it.
The lottery. There are many families who realize that the only way to break the cycle of poverty is a good education for their kids. But there are no good schools in poor neighborhoods. But in order to get enrolled, one has to play the lottery. http://www.hulu.com/watch/215007
It is a shame that the richest country in the world cannot provide good schools for its children who want to learn and to get a good education. This is the only way to eventually get rid of ghettos.
We as a country have to help those who want help.
And as a country of laws we cannot use excuses nor condone breaking the law, regardless of class, race or nationality.
Our country spends more on our military than the rest of the world combined. And what I wonder: is it necessary to spend so much to be a superpower? America is building bigger and more expensive stuff all the time and I think that approach makes us more vulnerable, not more secure.
While the trend is smaller, smarter, cheaper, America builds bigger, more expensive and less efficient clunkers. It is just like the aircraft carriers it builds – huge inertia and slow-to-change direction.
Wasteful spending and the end of the dinosaurs in military.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is the most expensive, and possibly the most error-ridden, project in the history of the United States military. But DOD has sunk so much money into the F-35 — which is expected to cost $1.5 trillion over the 55-year life of the program — that the Pentagon deemed it "too big to fail" in 2010. http://www.cnbc.com/id/101883138
The makers of one of the most expensive weapons programs in history went on the defensive today, saying a recent report on the F-35 fighter jet’s failures in old-school dog-fighting against a decades-old, much cheaper, legacy fighter “does not tell the whole story.” https://gma.yahoo.com/military-don-t-worry-f-35-most-expensive-213045869--abc-news-topstories.html
But it is...a hugely expensive clunker
It is possible to build three cheaper and more effective fighters instead of one F-35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp--2X2zaKs
The Scorpion is designed to be affordable, costing the US $3,000 per flight hour, with a unit cost expected to be below US $20 million. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textron_AirLand_Scorpion
The Navy’s high-tech first Ford-class aircraft carrier, slated for delivery in March of next year, is widely known for cost overruns that brought the eventual cost of the platform to $12.8 billion. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/03/20/navy-launches-new-aircraft-carrier-study-to-find-cost-savings.html
Anti-aircraft carrier missiles also cost a fraction of the cost of a carrier.
Carriers are more survivable than land bases by a large margin but they are still vulnerable, especially in the dawning age of widely proliferating quiet submarine technology; the anti-ship ballistic missiles such as China's evolving DF-21D. Also, since the majority of America's carrier force is in port at any given time, they are more vulnerable to an attack, especially at super-bases such as Norfolk, Virginia where around half the force is located. http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/why-the-us-navy-should-build-smaller-aircraft-carriers-1600899834
About 6,000 M1A1 Abrams were produced from 1986–92 and featured the M256 120 mm (4.7 in) smooth-bore cannon developed by Rheinmetall, AG of Germany for the Leopard 2, improved armor and a CBRN protection system. Production of M1 and M1A1 tanks totaled some 9,000 tanks at a cost of approximately $4.3 million per unit. https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&q=cost+of+new+abrams+tank&oq=cost+of+new+abrams+tank&gs_l=serp.3..0i22i30.341432.351554.0.3539184.108.40.206.0.0.0.124.797.7j2.9.0....0...1c.1.64.serp..6.3.285.ebiXyn6M-hA
But do you really need a tank to kill another tank?
An anti-tank missile costs a small fraction of the cost of a tank...about one hundredth. Also the concept of a “smart mine” that runs under the tank's tracks...a kamikaze drone programmed to intercept a moving tank.
The idea is to produce cheaper, smaller and faster systems that are armed with state-of-the-art weapons.
A minimum amount of bells and whistles.
What is wrong with anti-tank drones (smart mines) that run under the tracks? They are cheap and will stop a tank.
The bigger the machine, the easier to hit it. And no matter what defenses one uses, it is still vulnerable.
Now try to kill the bee swarm with the tank. Or with the fighter jet. Good luck with that.
One sunken aircraft carrier is thousands of lives, billions of dollars and about 10% of the whole US fleet.
What is the alternative? Who needs an aircraft carrier if any location on this planet can be reached with the MAC 20 plane within an hour?
I am not pretending that I know the answers. But I do know that F-35 or 78 ton Abrams is not the answer. There is a “big” mentality in this country. Bigger, heavier, thicker armor and so on.
(Doesn't that remind you of the way of the dinosaurs?)
“The result has been a pattern of fielding exquisite platforms in diminishing numbers at great cost.”
“Dramatic improvements in the fields of robotics, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, biology and nano-materials are changing the cost/effectiveness calculation in favor of the “many and simple” against the “few and complex.” http://warontherocks.com/2014/07/the-future-of-warfare-small-many-smart-vs-few-exquisite/
A long time ago Stanislaw Lem wrote a novel called Invincible where microscopic robots are fighting the Earth's powerful spaceship. The problem for the spaceship is that it is just one against trillions and trillions self-replicating flying bug-sized drones. The ship was defeated.
Interesting that insects on our planet have a much better chance of survival than elephants for example.
So, in my opinion, our military budget can be cut if the money is spent wisely instead of producing dinosaurs.
"The two pillars of 'political correctness' are: a) willful ignorance b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth." George MacDonald quote
I find political correctness highly offensive partly because it reminds me of growing up in the Soviet Union where one had to be very careful about what he/she was saying.
I personally do not see any difference between militant liberals and communists in the free speech area. They both love to slap labels on you the moment they find something “incorrect" in what you said.
What is appalling is that some universities have become the center of political correctness and intolerance. Mixed with ignorance this becomes very dangerous and damaging to a free society.
Being an engineer I have some issues with logic in politically correct definitions:
Preferred: person living at or below the poverty line, people experiencing poverty. Definition: "lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society." https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&site=&source=hp&q=definition+of+poor&oq=definition+of+poor&gs_l=hp.3..0l6j0i10j0l3.1963.8439.0.146220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.1573.0j13.13.0....0...1c.1.64.hp..1.18.1456.0.MuIcFOetDns
Problematic/Outdated: poor person, poverty-stricken person. (So what politically correct nuts are doing is replacing the word with it's dictionary definition).
Preferred: person of material wealth (isn't it relative? And what exactly is "material" wealth?)
Problematic: rich (Why is that problematic? I wouldn't mind being "rich"! I would not be offended at all)
Preferred: people of size (The size of what? Shoe size? Large size or small size?)
Problematic/Outdated: obese*, overweight people (you mean "fat"?)
Preferred: person who is blind/visually impaired (what exactly is the difference between "blind person" and "person who is blind?!)
Problematic: blind person, “dumb”
Preferred: person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing (same as above!!)
Problematic: deaf person, Deaf-and-Dumb, Deaf-Mute
Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S. (and why is the politically correct definition always longer?!)
Note: North Americans often use “American” which usually, depending on the context, fails to recognize South America. (No it does not! This is United States of AMERICA, you morons! People in Brazil call themselves "Brazilians" and people in Argentina call themselves "Argentinians" and so on.)
Preferred: North American or South American. (It seems your definitions are for idiots (sorry "logically challenged") who are not capable of figuring out the context unless it is spelled out)
Problematic: American: assumes the U.S. is the only country inside these two continents.
Preferred: use the specific name of the country on the continent; Africa; e.g., Egypt, Ethiopia. (Oh yeah?! You tell me how many Americans - sorry - "US citizens"- can find AFRICA on the map?! And you want them to find Ethiopia?!)
Problematic: Africa, which is a continent of many countries. (But "African-American" is not problematic? You just stated that "American" is problematic and "African" is problematic! But "African-American" is OK?)
Preferred: White people, European-American individuals. (OK. Then can I call "African-Americans" "black people"? Also don't we insult black Europeans by assuming that ALL Europeans are white??!)
Problematic: Caucasian people
Preferred: International people (International means local people also. Too long again)
Problematic: Foreigners (And why is that problematic?)
Preferred: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
Problematic: Sexual Preference. (Oh yes! Is it politically correct for "vegetarian" to be "vegetable-oriented"?)
Preferred: Children who are gender non-conforming, Children who are gender variant
Problematic/Outdated: Girlie or Tomboy. And where is the exact description of what is conforming to girls' behavior and what is conforming to boys' behavior? Each new generation behaves differently and dresses differently. Jeans for girls were unthinkable a couple of generations ago. http://www.mediaite.com/online/universitys-bias-free-language-guide-is-a-cornucopia-of-inoffensiveness/
In today's society we are so afraid to be insensitive, afraid to "hurt somebody's feelings", to offend a super-sensitive person that the self appointed speech police are now attempting to control not just what we say and how we say it, but what we think. It seems according to this politically correct Gestapo, we folks (or should I say Y'all) will crumble and fall into a depression at the sound of a "problematic" word.
I suggest that all of the above be described with one word: IDIOCRACY.
The most important activity in acquiring knowledge is to ask questions. Only when we are asking questions can we get answers. So my friend, don't be afraid to ask “stupid” questions. There are no stupid questions.
“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough.” Niels Bohr
What is the question?
These questions will not leave me alone.
Why are we here? What is intelligence? What is life?
Are we humans really that smart? In comparison to whom? How do we know? We haven't seen any other intelligent species.
Why haven't we seen any “aliens”? Are we alone in the universe? How can we know?
When I am far away from the city I look in awe at the night sky, bright and mysterious.
And I wonder if at the same time there any others on far away planets looking at the sky, wondering.
Are they asking the same questions? How do they look?
Or maybe we are missing each other on crossroads of time and some civilizations are already gone while others are just starting to look up at the sky.
Civilizations, species rise and fall. Just memories and ruins remain.
Are all civilizations destined to perish eventually, dissolved by an indifferent time?
I think there is a threshold. A star travel barrier. The energy needed to power star ships can destroy life on the planet if the species are too aggressive and lacking qualities to resolve their problems in a peaceful manner. Natural selection in a more general sense applies to civilizations too.
So hopefully some intelligent species survive and cross the star travel barrier. But not many.
So hopefully there are sparks of intelligence that will not be extinguished. Will our civilization survive the threshold? It seems less and less likely.
What is life?
I look up to the sky seeing myriads of stars and I feel lonely, lost in this vastness.
Our lives, our existence is just a fleeting moment, a spark in the universe. Is there a purpose for humanity, for our lives?
Is our universe really a final frontier?
There is just emptiness and energy interaction and flickering sparks of consciousness. Intelligence is like fireflies at night, fleeting and fragile.
What is life, consciousness, the mind? Are there other forms of life? Are they totally different?
Why do we think that only animals, carbon-based organisms can receive the gift of intelligence and self awareness?
I hope, I believe that there is a mind far greater than ours...a mind where the galaxies are neurons and all the beautiful and terrifying events and cataclysms we see are the results of the consciousness of a great mind.
Hardwired to wonder.
Why is it we humans cannot resist the quest for more knowledge? We love mystery, the unknown. We are hardwired this way. I think there is a purpose in this. It is not an accident. The consciousness, the intelligence are not an accident. http://www.yalescientific.org/2014/07/origins-of-life-a-means-to-a-thermodynamically-favorable-end/
I cannot help wondering. Will we ever meet an alien civilization? I am not sure. We humans have a high opinion of ourselves but we are still too primitive in the grand scheme of cosmic play to be of interest to an advanced civilization that may be millions of years ahead of us. And considering that a million years is just a blink of an eye, a fleeting moment in the universe's time, alien contact is doubtful. But if I am right and only peaceful civilizations survive the star travel barrier, we should not be afraid to meet them...I hope.
I want it to be true, I believe that there is a reason for us being here, a purpose. We may be a part, a miniscule part of a great mind who's intelligence we will never be able to comprehend. But we humans will keep trying, we cannot help it. We are hardwired this way.
New questions are coming up in my mind. If this great consciousness, this universal intelligence exists, how did it come in to being? Might it be just a part of an even greater conscious mind? Seems like a dead end in this reasoning.
Big and small
Or maybe not. The size and scale of our reality is also a mystery. It is relative. Our planet seems big to us but it is just a speck of dust on the galactic scale and our galaxy is infinitely small in our Universe's scale. So the size is actually loosing the meaning. A beam of light crosses our universe in an instant by time measured by the light beam.
So is our universe big or small? Well it is a matter of opinion.
Each one of us contains a universe within us. A universe full of life, movement and cataclysms. We don't know how our mind works but inside there is light and explosions and violent storms just like in our universe, full of stars, galaxies and voids.
What are the questions? Will we ever know the extent of our ignorance? Will we ever know the truth of our existence?
The perpetual force of our curiosity is driving us and probably many other intelligent species.
We humans love mysteries.