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?

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…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos is a thinker located in Greece. He has been Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. In the past he has worked as a senior technical advisor for many years. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He has also worked as a phD researcher in the Advanced Materials sector related to the PCB industry. He likes reading and writting, not only philosophy but also in general. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans... Credo quia absurdum!

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