A gifted College Senior sent the following request, which I will of course have to honor, as part of my playing with students’ minds:
“I enjoy reading your blog and was wondering if you’d want to do a post talking about the Fermi Paradox (the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations). I’d be interested in hearing your musings about why we’re so apparently alone in our galaxy, specifically regarding certain theories that all intelligent life eventually destroys itself (or its resources) before it is capable of interstellar travel.”
I actually do not have that much new to say to this age-old question. The answer is so obvious that we have always known it, in one form or another. The only difference is that we are beginning to realize that the boy (and his interfering sister), who was given this here toy set, has now become a teenager and has moved from primarily playing silly physical war games to becoming more interested in manipulating his earthlings’ minds into the most ridiculous twists of irrational responses one can imagine. How else would you explain that the Republican Party won any votes in the last election, having been against everything, and that the Democrats hoped to win votes by being for absolutely nothing? Only an idle teenage mind could come up with such a twisted game of influencing the weak human brains, by means of alien telepathy, to play out such a complete absurdity, probably also in the name of the “Post-Modernism,” readily supplied by the boy as liberal backdrop.
This crafty kid from a more skilled civilization of aliens (Republicans have also been brainwashed into being against all aliens, even their very existence, with the exception of those whom they exploit at leisure as maids, cheap labor “home on the range,” etc.) – this now Adolescent Alien even provided us with a resident philosopher, to get us all the more ready for the game: Alasdair MacIntyre (who converted from philosophy to catholicism, itself a neat trick played on him by our Alien mental puppeteer).
Here are two samples of the Adolescent Alien (AA, which also stands for “Aliens Anonymous,” not be confused with Alcoholics Anonymous) philosopher’s message, from up high: “… the unity of a human life becomes invisible to us when a sharp separation is made between the individual and the role he or she is playing.” In other words, do not ask a Republican or Democrat or an increasingly impoverished voter, who voted for soaking the rich, to make sense as an individual, thoughtful person, to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Simply fire them on to play their preordained role, in accordance with the plot our AA is insinuating into their brains.
Here is the second choice morsel from the AA’s philosopher:
>>I can only answer the question “What am I to do?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” We enter human society, that is, with one or more imputed characters – roles into which we have been drafted.<< (MacIntyre “After Virtue”)
No more is needed. Life is intelligent again, because we now know that ours is not to reason why… Washington makes sense again, racism makes sense again, even fornicating cardinals make sense again, since our boy is obviously playing out a story of keeping humans as close to insanity as possible, without (mind-) blowing themselves up altogether, yet.
Yes, we have been visited by intelligent life from outer space all along, and the solid proof is our otherwise unexplainable level of stupefaction.