Relics of the Past Destroyed? Is it Islamic Extremists Again?

Back when the Taliban Government under Sudam Hussein was destroying relics and statues of Buddha in Afghanistan that were thousands of years old, historians were horrified. Could you imagine, for example, blowing up the pyramids of Egypt? The Taliban’s actions were reminiscent of the Nazi’s burning books, or of the Spanish burning all of the Mayan civilization books and with it their history.

Although the war between the North and the South was largely about slavery – owning people – it is still part of our history. It may not be the brightest point of our history, much, I suppose, like the Taliban saw their country’s roots in Buddhism and Hinduism (Afghanistan is a word coming from India’s Sanskrit language). They destroyed statues, figures, relics, historical monuments and every remnant of the past that they could get their hands on. Should we do the same, or should we see the bigger historical perspective?

Is it okay to have statues of important figures in the Confederate States of America? They went to war against the United States much like the thirteen colonies declared independence against the King of Britain and wrote the Declaration of Independence. The outcome of the two wars was different, but both were states fighting for independence.

Had the colonies lost their war and America stayed part of the British Empire, would we now be destroying the Declaration of Independence and all evidence of the revolutionary war? Probably not. It would be history nonetheless. Similarly, should we now destroy all evidence there was a war – our deadliest war – now that there is no more a Confederate States of America?

These symbols – the Confederate heroes statues and flag – are seen not just as reminders of our unfortunate past of slavery but in today’s climate as a line drawn by white racists against the rest of us.

Admittedly, the issues are boiling over.

Once again racism rears its ugly head. We see the revival of the KKK and an alt-right president who comes just after the first African American president. The country could not be more divided – except perhaps in civil war.

Historically, we’re in a time of extreme pendulum swinging from left (Clinton) to right (George W.)  to left (Obama) to alt-right (Trump). The swinging is getting wider and wider and different views seem irreconcilable.

Despite the troubled times of the present, would the destruction or removal of these statues be met with blessings from historians four hundred years in the future, or will they see it in the same light as destruction of the Mayans, blowing up of Buddha statues or burning of books?

People will do what people do and this article will not change history in any significant way, however it’s one liberal’s opinion.

Are the major world powers covering up an extraterrestrial presence on earth? Why?

The answer is no. And why? Because aliens have the same problem we have, namely traveling the distance between stars would take hundreds or thousands of years, or more. Nobody is visiting Earth from somewhere else.

Would the speed of thought be higher than the speed of light?

Would the speed of thought be faster than light?

Hardly, since the speed of thought in our brains are a result of electrical impulses between neurons. We know this because if the brain is altered the thought changes, or ceases.

These electrical impulses act fully within the laws of physics and therefore do not travel faster than light.

Do people believe that aliens are real? Why or why not?

I don’t know why people believe it, but here’s why I don’t believe it.

Where do these aliens live? A hundred light years away, a thousand, a million? Traveling at the fastest speed ever achieved it would take about 150 to 200 years to reach the nearest star 4 light years away. To travel to the Trappist-3 system would take about 1500 years one way.

The same problem exists for spacecraft building societies on other worlds. It is even unlikely they know we exist because of the vast distances, anymore than we know they exist.

Space is mind-boggling big, bigger than most UFO believing people realize. There is almost no chance we are being or have ever been visited by aliens from another star system.

Is it possible that gravity is created by the rotation of the Earth and is not some universal force?

The rotation of the earth pushes us outward, upward, not downward. We weigh slightly less at the equator because of that and the fact the earth is a little fatter at there due to equatorial bulge, moving us further from the center of the earth.

If a tennis ball flies at 99% of light speed, will it be in every location of its trajectory, or will it skip some on its way?

The tennis ball will not appear in every location of it’s trajectory nor will it skip some on it’s way. It will look to us that time on the tennis ball has slowed down.

Time and space are relative. What this means to your question is simply the speed of the tennis ball must be measured in relationship to something else, namely us on Earth.

If the tennis ball is launched from Earth and goes 99% the speed of light from Earth, then microbes and insects on the tennis ball would appear to be moving very slowly. But on the tennis ball, life would go on normally and life on Earth would appear to be going very quickly.

However, on the tennis ball itself, once that speed is achieved, it will appear that the tennis ball is standing still and Earth is moving away very quickly. If you were little and stood on the tennis ball and turned on a beam of light, the light would leave your flashlight at the speed of light in all directions.

Screenshot_2017-04-04_20-31-08How is that possible since light only travels the same speed in a vacuum? Because time slowed down for you, and so light always travels the speed of light, even though you seem to be normal. That’s why space and time are interwoven in the same fabric, what we call spacetime.

The same for us on Earth. We are orbiting the sun, the sun is orbiting the Milky Way center, the whole galaxy is about to collide with Andromeda, etc. etc. But as far as we’re concerned, we’re standing still and light leaves our beams of light at the speed of light.

Making Our Mark in the Universe

No we are not alone. There is life out there on other planets. Don’t make me prove it. Just accept the premise. Life exists elsewhere than Earth.

Life is one thing. Intelligent life is another.

There’s intelligent life out there too.

The problem is this. We’ll never know about them, and they are out there and will never know about us. This is the sad reality.

Now. Why do I say life is out there don’t make me prove it. It’s because of underwater volcanoes on Earth. We have these volcanoes under the ocean, deep deep volcanoes. They are erupting and giving off heat and they are surrounded by organisms that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. There’s no sunlight, no photosynthesis – just the heat of the underwater volcano.

The same thing goes on around in other places in our solar system so we are to think there is life elsewhere in the solar system.

Just not so bright. Can’t type. Don’t have computers. No Internet. No smartphones. Just a microbe.

Somewhere, however, there is somebody else. Another civilization of civilized beings that have found a way to be self-aware.

Big problem though, because we’ll never meet them, know them, visit them, and vice versa. Space is so big, so large. By the time our sun dies and Earth is consumed, our radio waves will still be going out there.

We are here. We are alive. We can put our fingers on a keyboard. We are intelligent life that can do more than beavers building a dam and we are doomed.

We can’t go anywhere, star trek be damned. Our sun will blow up and life here will be extinguished.

What’s the point?

Well, we do exist. That’s significant. We exist in the here and in the now. We’re stuck on this rock called Earth. Does it matter?

I think so!

What to do? Well, I think we need to make a mark.

Voyager was a great idea. There’s two satellites that are so small nobody will ever find floating out in space with information about our civilization. Thank you Carl Sagan, but it was done just for funding. Nobody’s going to find Voyager 1 or 2. They are specks of sand gone to eternity. They will out survive us but they will not be found or noticed.

We should, however, be noticed because we mean something. We are here. We were here.

We should design something to make our mark on the universe. How can we do it? Intelligent life please respond.