We Are Not Alone

By: Brian Golden

We are not alone

Despite the distinct lack of concrete evidence (or its suppression ... depending on one’s point of view), it’s becoming more and more difficult to deny the possibility of extraterrestrial life somewhere out there in the far reaches of outer space (cue up some John Williams or the Star Trek theme).

Then again, maybe they’re already here.

Sorry, but for those of you hoping (dreading) another political rant from yours truly ... well, I decided to have some fun this week instead.

I’m reminded – when it comes to alien cultures and the possibility of their actual existence, of course – of the cult classic that is “Men in Black,” when Will Smith, portraying Agent J, states that when he was in third grade, “Everyone said I was crazy ... but I knew our teacher was from Venus or something like that.”

To which Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) replies, “Ms. Edelson. Jupiter, actually. Well, one of its moons.”

Sorry if I got a bit sidetracked there, but who hasn’t had a teacher like that at some point growing up? I know I did.

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My favorite quote from the movie, however, comes from the one and only Rip Torn (as Zed) ...

“We’re not hosting an intergalactic kegger down here.”

Intergalactic kegger ... that’s a good one.

Regardless, you have to admit there are some pretty influential – not to mention extremely intelligent – people out there who truly believe that we are not alone.

Am I one of those who believe, you ask? Well, let’s just say I’m certainly leaning that way, considering a universe (let alone galaxy or solar system) of our size would seem to be an awful waste of space, right?

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