Sometimes I wonder just how much the X-files have influenced me. As stated previously, I am quite the fan (to the point of going to the first showing on the first day the movie X-files: I want to believe was released). I sometimes search the internet for sites about UFOs and extra-terrestrials, and can’t help but lose precious time wondering if it is or it isn’t real. The famous poster in Mulder’s office sums it up pretty well: I want to believe, but I’m not sure if I can. Then again, I’m not sure that I can’t believe, either.
The argument that struck a chord with me was a throughly logical one. First of all, is it possible that in a Universe that is theoretically infinite, that conditions for life, whatever be its form, are only present on one planet, i.e. Earth? Logically, no – therefore there has to be life, in some for or another, in other places in the infinite Universe.
Another argument that piqued my interest is that humans aren’t ready to deal with another life form when they are hardly able to deal with each other. If there is such a thing as a all-Knowing, all-Wise and loving God (which I believe in), wouldn’t He wait until we have learned to deal with each other before making us learn to deal with other life forms? In my humble opinion, it seems that humanity was never given it’s next challenge before it was ready for it. We first were ambling Neanderthals and learned to function as small groups of nomads in a family-related system. Then we learned to put these family-systems together, first in the form of bigger nomadic groups and then in sedentary groups. We tested various forms of ‘cities’ before we started coalescing into countries. We are still having problems dealing with each other in the form of countries, but there are signs that we starting to learn our lesson – the League of Nations, the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union. However it can be argued – quite easily – that we haven’t quite mastered that yet. It wouldn’t make sense, if we believe in an all-Knowing, Wise God, that He would make us face other life-forms until we are ready to do so. If we still have issues with each other because of something as ridiculous as skin color, I don’t think we are ready to face something with, say, tentacles, globulous eyes and green skin.
I’m looking for good books to read on the subject, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know!