My Toastmasters Project #2. Here it goes
(I don’t remember the speech word by word but it was something like this)
TOPIC – ARE WE ALONE?
How many of you have seen movies like Aliens, Species, Mars attacks, Independence day, Star wars, Men in Black, Predator, Transformers, koi milgaya? What is common among all these movies?
Dear toastmasters, Mr.Toastmaster and guests. I have a question to ask you.
Are we alone? Are we alone in this 15 Billion year old super big ever expanding universe?
We desperately want the answer to be NO. Humans are social animals. Being the only life bearing planet of the universe would make us unique, but the fact is, it is boring. The movies I mentioned and numerous other movies have brought out the imagination in humans about the concept of existence of fellow beings somewhere. These movies have introduced the ideas and images of what aliens might look and act like.
When ever we think of aliens, we picture the face from one of these movies, but do they really exist?! what do they look like? To figure that out various scientific organizations like NASA , Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence have invested billions of dollars building telescopes, space crafts, radio frequency emitters and observers to detect some clue about the existence of extraterrestrials.
Hundreds of greatest minds in the past believed in the existence. We all know about the theories and conspiracies surrounding this topic.
One of them is the famous Unidentified flying objects. Who hasn’t dreamt of a fantasy joyride across universe sitting in a fancy flying saucer? Tens of UFO sightings have been documented across the world. In the year 1940, a huge UFO was spotted at Los Angeles and thousands of rounds of artillery was fired by US airforce. People even believe that the United states has already established contact with the Aliens who had come in those UFOs and covering it.
Another famous theory to support the existence is the Bermuda triangle. Hundreds of vessels, aircrafts have disappeared in mysterious circumstances which fall beyond the boundaries of human error, equipment failures and natural disasters .Popular belief is that this place is kind of a testing lab for the extraterrestrials who are studying the Earth! If you happened to pass through the Bermuda triangle, don’t be surprised if you wake up and find yourself operated by weird creatures!
Some scientific religions think that God was an alien and Earth is his galactic nursery and no contact will be established until we have reached an adequate stage in our development!
These theories have evolved because we want to believe that there is someone in the universe to give us company. Even if there is no one out there, this false impression and hope will help us investigate and explore the depth of universe and provide us better understanding of it. But if they exist, it would open up numerous questions and possibilities. Are they the only other life form outside the earth? How do they look? How primitive or advanced is their technology? do they have space ships? Is it possible for us to co-exist with them? can we make this universe a better place joining our forces? Or are they, like in the Independence day, the “Destroyers”? Do we have to engage ourselves in a war with them?
How far are we in this search? Our eyes in space Hubble, Chandra and others have explored so much that nobody now expects ‘advanced life’ on any of the planets or moons in our Solar System. But our Sun is just one star among billions. And in the vastness of space far beyond our own Solar System we can rule out nothing. But until we find them, one question will continue to haunt us; ARE WE ALONE?