Joy of joys. I have been able to correspond with Scaughdt for the last couple of days now. I thought we were going to talk today at 6am, and I couldn’t sleep last night in anticipation. I woke up, believe it or not, yes I woke at 5:56…I don’t usually rise before 9am. 🙂 That is how excited I was. Unfortunately, we had a mis-communication, but will talk Saturday. In the interim, he sent me this video, which I now share with you.

The voice over is that of Carl Sagan, the preeminent astro-physicist of the 70’s and 80’s, and the writer of Jodie Foster film “Contact”. As you can see it helps put our hubris in check. We really are insignificant size wise with the enormity of the Universe, yet we deem ourselves to be so damn important. So much so that our commute in traffic warrants acts of violence, psychological and physical. Our fears keep us from sharing the limited resources that we have with each other. Our pain keeps us holding grudges, some from the time of Abraham, and cause us to seek retribution rather than reconciliation.

We think we are so intelligent, so evolved, so elevated. I was listening to a lecture yesterday by Dr. Neil deGrasse-Tyson, astro-physicist and director of the American Museum of Natural History. He brought up the point that when we look at the Chimpanzee, a creature with which we share 98% of our DNA, our pride causes us to see ourselves so elevated. Chimpanzee’s can stack boxes, learn sign language, do menial tasks, and in all perform as our toddlers do. Scientists parade before the public the brightest of them, and say, “See they are somewhat intelligent.” But, we pride ourselves upon going to the moon, having great works of art, music, and literature. Our hubris knows no bounds.

That 2% difference between us and the chimps accounts for a lot. If there are other life forms out there in the cosmos, and they are only 2% more evolved than us, what would they think of us? They would parade people like Stephen Hawkings out and say look the human can do what our toddlers can do…he can do quantum calculations in his head. Look at what Michelangelo painted, that is almost as good as an alien child did is kindergarten and is now hanging on their grandma’s fridge. Oooo jeeze…they almost evolved.

2%–What if an alien were 4% more evolved than us? If an alien civilization were to even investigate our ant colony on earth, would they even bother? Maybe they have been here, but they see that we still follow the jungle law of tooth and claw, and declare us too primitive.

And yet, the one Universal constant regardless of evolution, regardless of brain capacity, regardless of species is love. It is compassion. It is the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. How simple. Why can’t we get that straight? Why can’t we choose to evolve past fear and self interest? Why can’t we align ourselves with love?