Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Life and Human Beings

Since the start of Human history - human beings have believed that they occupy a special position in the web of LIFE.
We started believing our species to be special and our existence is the reason for life. We even started believing that we are the custodians of life on this planet or as some religions say across the universe or in recent year - the multiverse.
Photo: The Creation of Adam (1508-1512), fresco painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo (1475-1564)
The belief of being special is further strengthened by religions. What is obvious is often difficult to be simple - same is with religion. Every new astronomical discovery tells us how irrelevant human beings are in the cosmos, yet religious zealots fit in the importance of human beings in it.

As we understand from Carl Sagan's famous pale blue dot speech we do not exist for our Universe, we have no impact on our Universe, Galaxy, Solar System and contrary to our belief on our home - Earth.

Astronomers tell us that the probability of life in Universe is very high; which also include the so called intelligent life like us - Humans. We started looking for it in recent decades and it is possible we may not find one ever, reason is simple, in the vast expanse of space-time civilizations come and go on the blink of a cosmic eye.

Yet LIFE will continue to thrive across cosmos irrespective of whether we find one or not, whether we are here or not.
Just as our belief of being at the center of Universe few centuries ago was a result of our myopic and religion centric system, our belief of being special form of life is waiting to be shattered.

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