Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in The Missoulian, published in Missoula, Montana. The letter is titled Search for extraterrestrial lift ignoring clues God provided to discover truths.
Extraterrestrial lift? Huh? Is someone looking for an elevator on Uranus? Oh, it should have been “life,” instead of “lift.” It’s a letter about SETI, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence , one of our favorite off-topic topics. The title will get changed, eventually, but for now it just adds to the fun.
We don’t embarrass letter-writers by using their full names, unless they’re politicians, preachers, or other public figures. Today’s writer isn’t known for anything except writing letters like this one, so we’ll use only his first name, which is Larry. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Recently I read in a national magazine an article entitled, “Is there anybody out there?” about the search for extraterrestrial life.
That unnamed magazine was probably something Larry read while sitting (uncomfortably) in his proctologist’s waiting room, and it’s the sole source of his knowledge of the subject. Okay, let’s find out what he thinks about it:
It seems to me that scientists are looking in the wrong place for an answer, spending lots more money than necessary and not using all of the tools mankind has been given.
Ahhhh … when searching for intelligent life “out there,” we shouldn’t be looking out there. Okay, Larry, tell us where to look:
Those who seek are looking for physical evidence, as opposed to clues of any other sort. It is commonly believed that humans have only five senses but there are more, if only we could realize it. [Twilight Zone intro.] If spiritual possibilities are ignored then the solution to the question is evaded completely.
You were expecting the usual creationist babbling, but look what you’ve stumbled into! Let’s read on:
Actually, there are many supposedly learned persons who don’t want there to be a spiritual aspect to the investigation because that leads toward God. They prefer to believe that, through evolution, humankind essentially created itself and that the process is or has been going on elsewhere in the universe; and that men (themselves, in particular) are the only gods.
Is Larry talking about you, dear reader? Is your pitiful belief in evolution preventing you from exploring the spiritual dimension? It may not be too late. Pay attention, as Larry continues:
It doesn’t require prodigious infusions of cash or journeys to other planets to discover the truth about these things. It is an experiment that every individual is equipped to conduct.
Whoa — that’s great news. It doesn’t require any money or space ships. Even you can do it — on your own. Get ready, because right now, at the end of the letter, Larry explains how it’s done:
The method is really quite simple – just begin a personal, private conversation with God and find out who he is and what he is like. It’s what he made us for.
Your Curmudgeon is going to give it a try, so we may be out of contact for a while — contact with you, that is. We’ll be back, but nothing will ever be the same again.
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