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The Future of the American Experiment is in Your Hands
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:12

Science Fiction or Fact

Written by  Bob Serody

“The world we live in now is one in which no place is safe, no lives really matter, when it comes to violence” – The New York Times   Sunday Sept. 22, 2019

A friend told me the same thing. She said, "Our existence, with a possible destruction by other humans, is so tenuous. Why do people have the need and desire to fight? We don’t learn from history.”  Being a science fiction addict, I replied that there was a movie (one of my favorites) called Forbidden Planet. Released in 1956, it had a Freudian theme, where a species known as the Krell inhabited a planet in another galaxy, achieved self-control, and exerted its energy to uncover nature’s secrets. They were on the verge of freeing their minds from their bodies when something terrible happened. Earthlings arrived on this planet long after the original inhabitants became extinct. Why did the Krell disappear? They left behind an underground city, which gave clues that finally explained their demise. Eventually, a monster started killing the visiting space travelers. Where did this monster come from and what did it mean? All I can tell you is that it goes back to Freud and the Id. I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll only mention that it concerns what happens when we get too smart for our britches. Maybe what this movie reveals about the Krell may also reflect our destiny.

I pondered later on the theme of the movie. First, good science fiction stories are usually accurate predictions of the future. Second, are we really doomed by the makeup of our genes? If there is a God, did She establish that all species will eventually die out, and since we can’t do anything about it, what’s the purpose of an ordered life? If presidents like Donald Trump and dictators like Hitler are inevitable, are we powerless to do anything about our ultimate fate?

 What is the destiny of the human race? According to Darwin’s theory of evolution, all life must face competition based on survival of the fittest. If it hadn’t been for the asteroid that struck Earth 65 million years ago, dinosaurs could possibly have been the ancestors of today’s dominant life forms. Instead, Homo sapiens achieved dominance. Could part of the reason for this great human achievement be that we are programmed for aggression, a trait in which we are more adept?

Our lives may be part of a grand scheme. The universe consists of at least 125 billion    galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy contains 100 to 400 billion stars with an estimate of more than 40 billion Earth-like planets*. When a planet, such as ours, has the right conditions to create life that evolves into intelligent beings, can these beings eventually develop space travel and seek out other worlds? Then why haven’t aliens from other planets contacted us? Is it because we are separated by too many light years? The epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, released in 1968, is based on a science fiction story written by Arthur C. Clarke. The movie suggests that life on Earth is just a lab experiment, where aliens used a black monolith to affect the brains of our ancestors millions of years ago and then left us to fend for ourselves.

If we humans are just part of an experiment, isn’t it time to take control of our destiny and recognize that war has become obsolete? Isn’t it time to control our aggressive tendencies so that we don’t become extinct like the Krell? In order to substitute love and mutual trust for hatred and fear, countries must first have fair elections and then cooperate with each other through a governing body like the United Nations to settle international disputes. Becoming stewards of the Earth requires that we eliminate nuclear weapons and reverse climate change before the Earth becomes a dead planet. Then we can tackle the next objective - seeking other worlds. Chances are, we are not alone.

*Wikipedia.org – Planets existing in a habitable zone that have water.

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 Bob Serody is a member of Space Coast Progressive Alliance.

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