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Jonathan Kraut: Our place in the universe

Posted: February 8, 2016 3:40 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2016 2:00 a.m.
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I have often wondered how the world would react if extra-terrestrials decided to introduce themselves to us and describe their notions of God, politics and morality. How would these cosmic neighbors of ours govern themselves? How do they see their place in our universe? What about the creator might they believe?

Even if these creatures from a different world look like us, talk like us, and think like us, what are the odds that they have conservatives and liberals or communists and capitalists?

Are their leaders willing to serve only the powerful or pander to a narrow perspective while demonizing those of opposing views?

The answer has to be: There is zero chance.

To get to our planet requires cooperation, harmony and focus on advancement — not on divisiveness, pettiness and being consumed with self-importance.

What about alien notions of God? Do they share the names, morals, and stories that match those of our faiths here on Earth?

Even with more than 43,000 versions of Christianity, as reported by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity in 2012, nothing like Christianity would likely come from an alien world.

The only similarity with extra-terrestrials might be regarding the visits like that of Lord Krishna. Described in detail by Hindu texts, this blue-skinned visitor from another world flew a spacecraft and used laser-like weapons in warfare above the skies of India about 11,000 years ago.

Extra-terrestrials will have no deities called Allah, Jesus Christ or Eloheem.

My point here is that, on Earth, religions and political views are local, not universal.

The Kepler telescope in space over the last four years alone has discovered more than 1,000 new planets, with at least a dozen similar to Earth.

Based on Kepler’s limited survey, in 2015 NASA estimated in our galaxy alone there are about 1 billion Earth-like planets.

Our known universe has at least five times as many galaxies than all the grains of sand on all the beaches on our humble orb. If the Kepler ratios of earthlike planets are about 12 out of 1,000, then there are at least as many earthlike planets in the universe as all the stars you or I can see in the night sky.

Planets are one thing, but what about water, thought to be essential to foster life?

About a year ago NASA reported that it has confirmed various forms of water on no less than 23 objects in our solar system besides Earth.

With water and planets now understood to be quite commonplace, life must be commonplace in most corners of our universe, as well.

To think of humanity as the sole inheritors of the cosmos is absurd.

We are a relatively simple race, where those who bully with bluster and bravado win political favor and power, like a Donald Trump. Where former Secretary Hillary Clinton is still strong in the polls but can’t answer simple questions in a town hall.

Where Senator Marco Rubio takes credit for being a leader because positive results came from good decisions made by others.

Where former Gov. Jeb Bush parades his mother in the snow to get sympathy to supplant an otherwise vacant political presence.

Earth seems to be a place where the public supports politicians who promote their narrow-minded views or wave their arms with gusto but have nothing significant to say.

Earth is a place where faiths vie for power in order to represent the truth, when in fact the truth can only be known when our knowledge is combined, not differentiated.

We are consumed with false self-identities, petty perspectives, and narrow views.

I am not advocating communism or socialism, which transfers power without popular participation and removes wealth from the worthy. I am describing a failing mindset in public sentiment and governance.

I can understand why aliens don’t want to drop by and say hello.

It is not okay to support political leaders who want to move us apart from each other in order to carve out a win.

One humanity with common interests in security, prosperity and advancement can move our reach beyond the confines of our solar system.

If we support leaders who include rather than exclude, perhaps one day we will reach out and shake a hand, be it blue, green, or of any other color.

Until the day we support leaders who promote inclusion, we will remain but a blemish on a speck of dust in the universe — distant, unnoticed, and unimportant.

Jonathan Kraut directs private investigations and private security firms, is a published author, Democratic Party activist, and SCV Interfaith Council member. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal or of other organizations.

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