Friday, June 19, 2020

The Final Solution: Noise

Have you ever watched shooting stars on a clear summer’s night, particularly somewhere in New England where the skies are particularly clear? What’s astonishing is the constancy and number. The forces of nature have gone to great trouble to create these enormous sources of energy whose half-lives are so enduring as to constitute mini-eternities. Yet in a flash they're consecrated to their respective oblivions. Talking about looking at things under the aspect of eternity. Back down in the blogosphere “the tale, Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” continues on, with lots of entrances and exits, deafening applause or roars of disapproval. Much classic science fiction whether it’s Star Wars or Star Trek creates worlds which are allegories for life on earth, with surrogates for political beings dressed in spacy costumes. However, if any real alien ever landed on this oversized asteroid, they might be singularly impressed by the noise generated by what seems like a comparatively diminutive civilization whose singular defining characteristic, consciousness, might pale in contrast to the kinds of inventions possessed by higher forms of life. It’s all chatter that's abruptly ended when the creature known as man makes his sometimes unexpected departure with an understudy picking up the his or her role.

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