“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe,
then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low
and settled for very little.“
Are we alone? Lost in this wide gaping hole of darkness — some might call the universe? It’s hard to say with absolute certainty. And it would be extremely narcissistic (probably naive) of us, to believe, ‘no contact‘ equates to ‘no life‘. But, it isn’t very surprising. As a species: we’ve obliterated more than we’ve nurtured, experimented with life — to save ourselves, explored the farthest corners of the planet or tallest peaks — in a bid to conquer or feel invincible, and through the ages, and sadly even today, fought in the name of territory and organized belief.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
and I’m not sure about the former.”
It must be comforting for many, to believe, we’re alone. There’s a strange sense of power in isolation. The threat of defeat or extinction, by an unknown ‘life form’, reduces dramatically with us being ‘alone‘. And that can make us feel very safe and get a good night’s sleep. We always fear things or situations — we don’t understand. Often, not knowing, can provide a cradle of safety.
“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.“
As a child, I’d look above, in the night sky, and stare at the stars. Dream of what it would be like to go there. And if I’d ever get there, and look back at earth, what would I see? I’ve always felt, at an early age, nothing seems to matter, from ‘there’. Like us and everything around us, our problems turn into specks of dust. And the silence of space could probably be — the most liberating sound — I’d ever get to hear.
“The clearest way into the Universe
is through a forest wilderness.”
Unfortunately, we don’t live out there. We live down here — whilst being surrounded — with what’s out there. And for the times, we’re allowed to escape into the darkness of space, there are many more times — we have to face the realities of life. Fortunately, some of us, get to escape to desolate corners of the earth and in the process, truly appreciate what ‘life on earth‘ should mean. Being alive should involve: getting your feet painted with mud, or running your hands through cold water, or flying like a bird — in the air, or meeting people quite unlike yourself.
After all, probably that’s why life was born on earth. To flourish, admire, and explore.
The theme for today’s weekly photo challenge, is very close to us, as it bears an uncanny similarity to the reason behind the name of our blog. We love walking and getting our feet covered with ‘earthy’ tones. And the more we walk, the more we realize — how much there is left to explore.