Closer Now

And so now the Science Men have determined that in the Milky Way galaxy alone there are some 60 billion worlds pregnant with water.

And since the Science Men have previously determined that, where there is water, great wide openthere is life . . . that’s a big heap pile lot of life.

Out of all them 60 billion or so neighbors, who be roiling and boiling with life, wonder some, how come none have ever come on by, this here Terran place, to at least say “hi”?

This: easily answered.

First: why, hoot the testosterone-pumped Star Wars/Alien boogaloos, have none of these neighbors “invaded”?

Because you don’t get to go into space, if you think in terms of “invade.”

Space won’t let you.

That’s just the way it is.

Space, it’s firm, in that way.

“Invasion” an atavist thing, a relict of the cradle. No one who is serious, no one who actually ventures into space, is in any way concerned with such anathema. No more so than with “harvesting” or “exploiting” resources.

That stuff stops, in space. Or, space stops you.

This can be understood very simply. Check the trailer below, from the 1970 documentary film Beneath The Planet Of The Apes. Where, from 0:11 to 0:16, the gorilla commander of the local serial-killers chants: “Invade! Invade! Invade!”

This is what this planet looks like to the 60 billion. And so none of them are even going to even briefly entertain the idea, to visibly come here. As space will never allow, such a de-evolvo, unfortunately alpha and omega, of this present-time planet, to ever get much off the ground.

It’s so small, thinking in this “invade” way. Just because humans have, so often, so far, been about “invade,” why should humans then think that, in all of the vastness of space, it will always inevitably also be about that?


Eyes be closed.

Not a chance.

How come, question next, none among these 60 billion neighbors, have “communicated”?

Well, no doubt they have.

But how would humans ever know?

Humans are considered vastly more intelligent than ants. But how the hey would a human “communicate” with an ant? Even if something was achieved that looked like “communication,” from the human end, it would, from the ant end, be so bizarrely out of the realm of Ant Normality, chances are it would not be perceived as “communication.”

So, the same, the neighbors, communicating, with the human inhabitants of this here orb.

Communicating, are they, maybe, with you, right now.

Maybe, just, listen.

And then, question last: how come, these 60 billion neighbors, they haven’t “visited”?

Because, if you do not—as the space-traveling 60 billion do not—think in terms of “invade,” you simply don’t make yourself known to those who do.

No good can come of it.

Maybe you might send along, here andduh there, some helpful something.

Like, say, a monolith.

But nothing traceable. No appearing, say, live, on TV.

I like how, in this Science Man piece, it says that if humans were somewhere else, looking at this here earth, they would probably conclude it was real cold and inhospitable, in places like Brazil and Indonesia. Because those places “read cold” in infrared, due to the cloud cover. But underneath, it’s all about sweltering.

“If you look at Brazil or Indonesia with an infrared telescope from space, it can look cold, and that’s because you’re seeing the cloud deck,” Cowan said. “The cloud deck is at high altitude, and it’s extremely cold up there.”

Proving, yet again, that you never really know. Because machines don’t know shit. You have to actually get there. In your body. Transcend the readings of machines. Touch, taste, smell, hear, see it, for yourself.

For real.

“Man,” said Mordel, “possessed a basically incomprehensible nature. I can illustrate it, though: he did not know measurement.”

“Of course he knew measurement,” said Frost, “or he could never have built machines.”

“I did not say that he could not measure,” said Mordel, “but that he did not know measurement, which is a different thing altogether.”


Mordel drove a shaft of metal ice 90downward into the snow.

He retracted it, raised it, held up a piece of ice.

“Regard this piece of ice, mighty Frost. You can tell me its composition, dimensions, weight, temperature. A man could not look at it and do that. A man could make tools which would tell him these things, but he still would not know measurement as you know it. What he would know of it, though, is a thing that you cannot know.”

“What is that?”

“That it is cold,” said Mordel, and tossed it away.

It’s kind of funny that it took the Science Men this long to look for clouds. Which, once they looked for them, caused them to immediately double their estimate of our life-pregnant neighbors.

I mean, clouds are kind of important. Humans figure that out when they’re just kids.

But maybe that’s the problem. It’s one of those things that, when you “grow up,” you forget.

When those of us who are, now, creeping into age, were kids, everywhere, all and every over, all over the globe, both the Science and Religious, then-wisdom, taught, taught that humans, were all alone, in the universe of the world.

There were no other planets.

Anywhere in the universe.

Much less anything that was “life.”

It was just humans.

All alone.


We are all going into space. Anywhere we want: we will be.

We are not going in anything even remotely resembling any machine.

Bodies, these, they will come, and they will go. As we please. And we will be very pleased indeed.


4 Responses to “Closer Now”

  1. 1 Alexa July 4, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    stunning. i have no words that seem adequate but i’ll try and think of some. 😉

  2. 3 Caren April 12, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.

    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility
    but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design look great though!
    Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Kudos

    • 4 bluenred April 16, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
      That if you are running Internet explorer you are chained to the devil and will burn forever in a lake of fire. And that doesn’t even begin to approach what will happen to you after you die.

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