… or they will find us.
This is one of my unscientific, and baseless, rants. Nevertheless, it’s something I’ve wanted to express for a while, and that’s kind of what this blog is for.
I’ll start with a premise that’s purely opinion: God is the ultimate consciousness.
From there, I’ll opine that consciousness is closely related to, or possibly springs from, complexity. As single-celled organisms became more complex, they also gradually developed consciousness. Generally speaking, the more complex an organism is, the more conscious it seems to be. This seems to also correlate somewhat with size, at least with animals.
Complexity is only meaningful when there’s interaction between the various components. A heap of components, without interaction, is simply a pile of material. Single-celled organisms interacted with each other, either through eating each other, sex, cooperation or communication. This is the root of love and hate, of all emotional attachment. Ultimately, this interaction led to multi-celled organisms – and eventually, consciousness.
At the macro level, higher animals seek out each other, either for protection, cooperation, war, love, companionship or reproduction. I believe that this primal drive goes back to when we were single-celled organisms seeking other single-celled organisms.
In a sense, the connections we make with others bring us closer to God – because these connections facilitate a higher level of consciousness. In a manner of speaking, a couple becomes a new organism, and it’s the same with a band and a nation and so forth.
I think that this is a good time to point out that sameness cannot allow complexity at this level. An entity composed entirely of stem cells that have not differentiated is not an organism, and a group of identical clones is not a “community.” There can be no complexity without distinction, and there can be no consciousness without interaction*.
By now, you’ve probably figured out where I’m going with this: Humanity, as a whole, feels the need to reach out and connect with alien lifeforms. It’s a natural continuum, and it’s required if we’re to achieve what I believe is a natural symmetry – a Manifest Destiny, if you will.
If you ever find yourself wondering why so many people, regardless of their religious background, so desperately want to find extraterrestrial life, it’s for the same reason they seek a spouse or a friend. They’re seeking God.
*People who lean toward the Left politically, emphasize interaction, while people who lean toward the Right emphasize complexity (distinctions). Both are necessary in the greater scheme of things, and finding the balance is key.