Southern Man

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First Contact

Today Southern Man had the privilege of hearing a talk by Dr. Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Dr. Mountain's subject (illustrated with much NASA and Hubble Space Telescope multimedia goodness) was the possibility of life beyond our own Earth. Afterward, audience members were chatting about the implications of alien visitors and it was clear to Southern Man that their notion of First Contact was drawn more from Hollywood than the harsher world of reality.

Some months ago Southern Man was clearing rocks and bricks from an old fence-line out at The Land when he pulled up a cinderblock and uncovered an advanced society of cooperative city-builders. He watched in amusement as the termites scurried about in panic at this encounter with an entity whose purpose and motives and very nature was far beyond their understanding, then tossed the block into the wheelbarrow and continued with his business.

That is what First Contact will look like, if and when it comes. If we're lucky. Note that Southern Man didn't bother to go out of his way to destroy their world.


At Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my current northern clime, there are no termites. Also, no paying for termite inspections or termite removal. To make things even better, there are no chiggers or cockroaches, either.
Chortle, chortle.
Girl programmer

At Saturday, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but I'll bet Southern Man doesn't own a snow shovel. I call that a draw.

- Canadian snow shoveller

At Saturday, December 31, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, call them "chegroes."

At Saturday, December 31, 2011, Blogger jrich said...

Okay. Let's be real serious here. Why, oh, WHY would God create something as vast and expansive as the universe and put life on only one planet? Narcissistic much?


Post a Comment

<< Home