Are We Alone in the Universe?

Whether you believe in aliens, gods, angels or demons makes little difference. So far, as near as I can tell, no super heroes have shown a smidgeon of interest in humans. Maybe we’re not as important as we like to think or maybe there’s no one close by to take note of our existence.

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to witness it, did it really happen?

The possibility that no super heroes have taken notice of us is a disappointment to many people. Aren’t we the most fascinating creatures in the universe, even a god’s most amazing creation? Humans want to believe there’s a god out there that has his eye on us at all times.

I’ve also met, however, a smaller number of people who are fixated on meeting an alien.

If I were allowed to choose from our colorful array of super heroes which one would I prefer to befriend? Hmmmmm. Tough question. I mean I was raised on a steady diet of gods, angels, and demons. All of whom from the stories I was told were very interested in me. Not always in a good way either. I mean the demons and the gods were apparently sparring with one another over my soul. And the angels supposedly, on rare occasions, were assigned to protect me.

Yet, I was never able to verify the existence of any of these supernatural beings. I had to take my parents’ word for it.

When I met my husband, my attention was shifted to aliens for probably the first time. He and a high school buddy had encountered a UFO one night while cruising around town. Two high school boys with matching stories about chasing a UFO after it had first hovered over a flagpole on the school grounds. Hovering that low to the ground only to disappear as it zigzagged silently across the night sky.

Holy guacamole, Batman.

His interest in UFOs has not waned over the years, I might add. He’s watched documentaries and read books that verify his experience as far as he’s concerned.

However, once again, I can’t really weigh in on the matter since no UFO has ever graced me with its presence let alone an alien.

If I was to wager a bet on which entity might stand a better chance of being real — I’d have to go with aliens. That’s all I can say on the matter. I can’t or won’t venture a guess as to what they might look like. Green lizard dudes? I doubt it.

Where did the lizard idea come from I wonder?

If another planet is teeming with life in the great blue yonder, we probably should stop trying to picture what they look like. Knowing the limitations of the human mind, we’d become so fixed on our TV versions of interstellar life that if we ever did meet an alien, we might not even recognize that we were actually experiencing an encounter of the third kind. We’d be looking for scales and tails, completely missing our chance to shake hands with an authentic alien being.

Hell, that’s not the way we pictured them.

Wouldn’t that be a shame? Yet preconceived notions are just another way in which our flawed brains sabotage us on a regular basis. I’m not expecting to encounter aliens, gods, angels or demons in this life. I’m getting old and I’ve yet to stumble across anyone that meets any popular description.

It’s been deathly quiet in outer space as far as I’m concerned.

Yet, if indeed one day I’m surprised by an unexpected encounter, I suspect I’ll appreciate it more than those who accepted the stories their cultures have told them from birth as holy truths never to be disputed.

Since I no longer give a flying saucer about myths and fairy tales, that leaves me wide open to any new and unexpected experiences that come my way.

Are we alone? Maybe not. I don’t know. I don’t mind saying I don’t know either. Those three little words make a lot of people gag. Me? Not so much. Surprise me I say. Until that happens, I’ll keep observing humans like I’ve been doing since I was twelve years old. Frankly, I haven’t figured my own species out yet.

I’ve spent a lifetime trying to understand what makes people do what they do.

Teresa Roberts is a retired educator, author, world traveler, and professional myth buster. You can find her books on Amazon.



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