I took a couple days off from writing, for the long weekend. It was a long weekend here in Connecticut because a lot of the kids, mine included, have off from school this week. While I was away Notre Dame caught on fire, I chaperoned a fraternity Formal party, and I took my kids for one last day of awesome spring skiing. What do all these things have in common? Aliens, of course. What else would it be? That is what I write about.
The common bond is really sentimentality. Thinking about all these otherwise disjointed events I have to wonder if aliens get sentimental. As always, I am lumping all aliens in together, regardless of race or planet of origin. I understand that people on one planet may feel very differently about things than people on another planet. But there must be many more similarities between people who can get from there to here than there are between any of them and us Earthans.
There has to be a better term than "Earthlings". It sounds ridiculous. While the term has roots in the sixteenth century its modern usage began in 1949 with the publishing of Robert Heinlein's Red Planet. The term then went on to widespread usage in science fiction writing in the 1950's and beyond. What makes is sound so unusual is that we do not use the -ing suffix anywhere else in the English language to indicate where someone is from.
Notre Dame is Burning
Today, Catholics worldwide are mourning the extensive damage of the French cathedral, Notre Dame. More than simply a symbol of a religion, the cathedral is a stunning feat of Gothic architecture which attracts many millions of visitors, each year. The 800 year old building was built to a height of over 200 feet, at a time when most buildings had only one floor and no mechanical equipment existed to aid in its construction. The building survived two World Wars and a revolution. Losing it now would have been a loss for all Earthans. Fortunately, the fire was contained and most of the invaluable works of art inside have been relocated.
Catholics are especially saddened by this event. Devout believers of the faith may feel the building is connected to their Messiah. Any damage to this, or to other symbols of the faith, are like an injury to Jesus himself. To them, the loss is palpable. Half a billion euros have already been pledged to restore the relic.
Humans have a soft spot in our hearts for people, places, and events which have been in our lives for long periods of time and which have shaped who we are. Perhaps you have an attachment to a certain building. Or you spent years learning a religion or participating in an organization which you put your heart and soul into perpetuating. Or you worked hard to master a sport or hobby, throughout your lifetime. You want to pass these on to your children and other people. This is sentimentality.
Do aliens feel sentimental?
It is hard to say what aliens feel. To explore this, we first need to differentiate between aliens which are organic beings and those which may be robotic. For all we know, it is just as likely that some organic beings are born without feelings, as it is that some robots are built with this ability.
My dog has feelings. I caution my kids that the dog knows when they are laughing at her. She gets upset if a toy is taken from her. She is disappointed if she is lured into the house under the false pretense of receiving a treat. She also goes nuts when we leave the house for even a few minutes and then come back to her. If this "lower" life form can exhibit human-like emotions, then feelings and emotions are not unique to humans. If they are not unique to humans they may exist elsewhere in the Universe. These emotional beings from other planets may look down at our planet and have some appreciation for what we have built here, both physically e.g. Notre Dame, and as a society, i.e. religion and fraternity.
But not every life form on Earth is capable of emotion. My family and I do a bit of fresh-water fishing. We dig up earthworms in the garden to use as bait. Worms do not have brains. They are not capable of feeling love or loss. They may be uncomfortable in bright sunlight or dry conditions. They may feel a slight pinch when they are impaled by a fishing hook. But it does not register as a thought or emotion. In theory it is possible that over billions of years a worm-like organism could evolve to the point where it is capable of building shelter, farming for food, and engaging in commerce. These beings would not have the same appreciation for our institutions as we do. They may descend upon us like a plague of locusts and simply devour everything in sight.
What about robots? A sentient robot, programmed to mimic human-like emotions, may behave the same way as a sentient organism. An emotionless robot would be like the worm. I hope that if we are visited by the Transformers, they are more like my dog than an earthworm.
Which is it that is visiting us? So far, despite thousands of reported contacts, we have not experienced any property damage. That is, we have not documented any damage. It is possible that fire, like the one at Notre Dame, or natural disasters like earthquakes or tornadoes, can be "set" by aliens. I do not believe that has ever happened because doing so would have to have a purpose - a punishment or a lesson someone is trying to teach us. If we do not know the lesson then the only point for attacking us would be as an attempt to dominate us or simply an act of sadism. Again, so far so good.
Could a conquering race visit us in the future and destroy our landmarks and institutions. Sure. Why not? But with all the visits we have already had, there must be more going on, out there. There has to be some sense of preservation which is either universally accepted or universally policed.
Conclusion: Yes, aliens feel sentimental and at least some of them are watching out for us.
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