Saturday, November 8, 2014
Perhaps it is a strange fellowship that navigates the sea of space as well as being inhabitants of distant communities, much as in the centuries past where local communities isolated from one another faced similar puzzles only variegated by the adaptations necessary to suit a variety of ecological settings
We focus on the harvesting and presumption of ownership toward natural resources, plant,mineral, vertebrate, invertebrate,bacterial etc. Another resource that falls into this presumption are our fellow members of our own species. We project this upon “the other” as a inadvertent mirror, self referential and intimately familiar.
We seek visions of ourselves in what we project what these others may be in their nature by confusing knowledge with intelligence, as if we presume they came upon us their technology would provide us with a variety of solutions in of themselves and yet, on the surface of this world, we have made an error in the divisiveness of our uniqueness and that uniqueness would make us an object of an exceptional form of distinction to the others. Perhaps not.
Uniqueness may not be an arbiter in this case, it may be we share a common heritage that is not genetic. In think Joseph Conrad pinned this relationship between ourselves as young inexperienced captains of a ship and our visitors would be stowaways searching for something and in this we would have a lot in common.
I think a visitor here unlike ourselves knows that,we too are visitors in another sense. Our issue is the nature of thought itself and to somehow find a way to see ourselves as we are ….not as we imagine ourselves to be. We own nothing but what we are given. Perhaps these are common issues.
A visitor would see what we have been given without what we have been given requiring what thought says must have a reason.
A visitor ( perhaps) would say life is bootstrapping ourselves between beauty and threats like all of this planetary nature, the only exception being our race achieving a balance between choice and humility.
I don’t think , nor do they perhaps, that our situation is unique in that sense. I think a visitor older and wiser than ourselves would appreciate this as well as what is incommensurable in the self evidence of nature. Perhaps our visitors are much like the character in the plot of Conrad’s The Secret Sharer like Leggatt, the stowaway on another’s vessel.
Nature’s beauty in always adapting under what would seem, in certain places, impossible habitats, like the undersea vents spewing what for us are poisonous gases, bacterial life within us, all of this driven by our nearest star in a vacuum of space. One would be tempted to say a visitor would comment we have grown blind to just how miraculous all of this is, how unappreciative we are and yet...who would not be drawn into this with a sense of wonderment, regardless of circumstances?
Both others and ourselves in a gravitational field of realm without boundaries falsely misaligned in our own thoughts as perhaps seen by others as local, finite, with a competing series of monarchies ruled by the fallacies of thought ..it’s finite knowledge arrayed in a spectrum of fantasies to be overcome, and yet evolution would seem to suggest the others may have found themselves in a similar quandary not yet prepared to balance the dreams of thought in whatever form so different from ourselves, and yet in a bootstrapping effort found a sincere reflection of what they represent as part of the whole yet knowing that knowledge is not intelligence.
This cannot be taught, it must be experienced and while our questions may differ, I suggest to you that their questions are as open as our own.