I’m a man of science. I’ve had my vaccines. My parents were people of science. I had all my childhood vaccines. That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in the un-seen. As a child I believed in Santa Claus, and as an adult I believe in a benevolent energy guiding our souls. Also, I believe in UFOs.
There, I said it. I believe there is other life in the universe. This belief is based on science. Statistically, it is too far fetched that we are alone in the vast expanse. The mathematical probability of life on another planet, in another galaxy, in another universe is just too great to ignore.
Now, it might not be life as we know it. It was probably divine intervention that put the atoms together on Earth that formed life that evolved into what we have now. Life on another planet might take the form of something we’ve never considered, or maybe it’s what we know of as trees that are at the top of the food chain on another rock hurdling through space.
Television and movies have certainly given us our fair share of what life from outer space could look like. From My Favorite Martian to Mork and Mindy to ALF, aliens have walked and talked among us.
A favorite movie of mine, from any genre, is The Day The Earth Stood Still. This movie has a lesson for all people from all planets of peace. This movie is a 70-year-old reminder of how fear can overrule thinking, and when people let anxiety of the unknown overpower them, they make bad decisions.
The most famous line from the movie might be: “Gort, klaatu barada nikto,” but my favorite is: “I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.”