Extraterrestrial life. Theology. Human suffering.


Some months ago top US astronomers gathered in front of congress to let them know that extraterrestrial life exists without question. Their main argument was the size of the universe, emphasizing that there are trillions of stars out there, with one in every five most likely harboring an Earth-like planet. It’s also important to keep in mind that planets do not have to be “Earth-like” in order to harbor life. You can read more about that story here.

This time, NASA and the Library of Congress have teamed up bringing together scientists, theologians, philosophers and historians from around the globe for a two day symposium in order to discuss how to prepare the world for extraterrestrial contact, whether it be microbial organisms or intelligent beings. (1)

But what if extraterrestrial life exists?

Does it matter for philosophy? Does it matter for religion?

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Are there different types of “existence”? Are there different types of “being”? What kind of pure honest philosophy depends on the phenomena? Does love change depending on who you are? Does pain or suffering stop depending on who you are? Does it matter if you are from Earth or from Mars? Would Christ act differently had he not come to Earth but to Saturn?

Know thyself…

Love your enemies as you love yourself…

Everything is One…

Fragments of wisdom echoing through the Universe. Transcending time. And space. Flying through the empty space, passing by Earth, passing by Mars, leaving our solar system, passing the edges of the galaxy, reaching the depths of our hearts…

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