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OUT THERE...Somewhere
By George R. Simonis
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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Where are the origins of man? What do we know of our earliest existence? Where are we bound? Deep questions, not often answered with insight and clarity, until now... The answer may be out there, somewhere...Or it may be here on Earth...find out in this absorbing tale of science fiction and more.




What is it in man’s makeup that forces him to believe that he is not alone in this vast wilderness of space that surrounds him and his tiny little insignificant planet? Is it his relatively recent understanding of higher mathematics and the many theories of probability and statistics that compel him to seek other beings in the expansive void of outer space that surrounds this world? Does he believe in the absolute coincidence of so many planetary systems that might be identified as "people friendly?" Is there something in man that makes him reason that

there just HAS to be a universe with other beings much like himself?

Or... is there perhaps an innate fear, deep in his unconscious, that he may be alone in this world that pushes him onwards in a journey of worried, frenetic, and paranoid desperation? …Or maybe...


Could present-day man have a remembered history buried somewhere in his intellect and his being, hidden somewhere deep within his makeup, that has been passed down in an extremely subtle, almost invisible, DNA-like repetition that has never been identified nor exposed in any genetic mapping of his being? Could man’s brain perhaps contain a super-subtle convolution which harbored the memory of a long distant time? Could he have an ancient memory of other human voices and echoes, which preceded him on this very planet or in this universe? And if there IS some type of genetic-like imprint or memory making us believe that we simply cannot be alone, who, or what, put it there? And why does it often seem to be selective in its appearance among the people of this world? Why does each one of us not see the exact same picture when we peer inside our own minds? Is there a stop, a roadblock, a "danger sign," that most of us will heed, but that some of us merrily "blow right on by," as we examine the innermost parts of our own selves?

Long ago, when man became aware of his inner makeup, that is, how he was constructed, he seemed happy and quite content not to delve too deeply into the basics of that world. Yes, man was curious, but only curious to a point, so it seemed. He remained self-satisfied with this limited amount of truth until the late Twentieth century. Why was that, you might ask? That might be because man was very much a self-centered creature, content in his "oneness." Oh, of course, he had religion, which tried to make him be more concerned with other beings on this planet, and the world of his God, but that was a completely different thing. Modern man knew many thousands of years ago that there were tiny particles which made up blood and tissue, and he presumed that there were similar building blocks making up every bit of his existence, but it was almost as if he did not want to go there. He seemed to completely embrace his own genetic ignorance. There was a calm in him that seemed to say that it was OK not to press onwards, to stay comfortably away from the unknown.

Perhaps it was a temporal limitation, perhaps instinctively he knew that it would have taken too much time to get to the real answers. Perhaps he felt that the journey to that great new awakening would take far too long and be far too boring to begin. Tedious mathematical calculations performed endlessly, over and over, are similar to nonstop root canals...and who would want that?

But, alas, those serene and blissful times were too good to last, and, with the advent of super-fast mathematical computers in the late Twentieth century, things began to change, and change rapidly. At that time, thanks to those super fast machines which could handle the mundane, repetitive, and time-consuming calculations so necessary to successfully identifying our basic and primary building blocks, man believed that he stood on the verge of understanding each and every minuscule part of the very essence of life itself. Concepts that no one ever dreamed that mankind could understand became basic and common knowledge to the new explorers in the scientific world.

And now, as mankind gains more and more of this amazing knowledge, seemingly all of the secrets of life and existence are becoming exposed to his eyes. Scientists have unraveled the extremely intricate, bewildering, and, at times, hopelessly complex secrets of DNA, and they may have already secretly begun the genetic process of engineering the creation of the new ‘Millenia Man’. Scientists may be on the verge of ridding this world of all of its debilitating human diseases, or they may be nearing the development of a super race of warriors, murderers, thugs, and destroyers…Perhaps even as you read these words, there is a person created by man alone who is growing into his strange, secretive, structured, and monitored life on this planet. Someone with no father or mother, and no God...

We all know that we are nearly there, for we can see the cloned sheep and we marvel and, at the same time, worry about these first man-created animals. Do we fear that man will soon be able to create a life form in his own image? Or are we worried that this event has already taken place? And are the scientists who accomplish these tremendous feats then to become mankind’s new Gods? Will we be forced to bow to them, to give burnt offerings as sacrifices? Or will it be their governments that become the consummate powers of our rather structured, new, and very frightening world? Will there be nothing that mankind’s new deities cannot, or will not solve?

Or might we again be stopped, just short of truly understanding what and who we are, and what we could be part of, in the grand scheme of this wondrous, ever changing and expanding universe? Will we go to the edge of the river once again, only to stop before we step into the murky, black, threatening, ice-cold water? Are we again smug, satisfied, and comfortable in our absolutely blessed ignorance? Have we paused before moving forward once again?

And could there be more than simply the DNA that tells us who we are, where we have come from, and what shapes our very existence? Could the scientists have overlooked some significant but infinitesimal particle vital to life? Maybe there is something that man has not yet comprehended …Something that he has overlooked, or not fully assimilated… And where would we find the final answers?…Are we nearing the resolution of precisely who we are and where we have come from?… Are we close to understanding the role of man in the modern world? We have telescopes and microscopes, but can we really see the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega of this eternal universe, which surrounds us?

Perhaps… But perhaps we will stop at the river’s edge once again, because we are afraid to know and speak the truth…Or perhaps as human beings, we are incapable of total understanding. Or we could simply be inferior beings of limited intelligence when compared to the rest of the universe and its life forms. Quite possibly we are not genetically whole and complete, as of yet. Maybe we are blind to the subtle keys of existence. Maybe there are things we cannot recognize, due to our rather primitive intelligence.

Or maybe man has not come quite as far as he is capable of traveling. Maybe we have only begun the journey, and we are now only at the first crossroads. Maybe there are things that Man has overlooked, things essential to a full and complete comprehension of who we are, where we are from, and why we are here in the first place. Are we willing to venture further into the unknown than we have ever gone? Are we brave enough to know that we simply do not know everything...yet? Will we walk the path to its conclusion? Or will we stop the quest for knowledge while we are still so far away from its door...?

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