So we celebrate. The possibility that there may be life on Mars. Not sure whether we are more afraid that there may be other life forms out there that are far more evolved than us, or more afraid that we are the only ones around….
… But don’t you sometimes consider how arrogant our search for life on other planets is ?
For we define life as a likeness of ourselves. Water, oxygen, nitrogen, amino acids, nervous system etc. But more so than anything else, an INDIVIDUAL life form. As if no life exists without individuality.
How would we describe life ? An intelligent system of course. But why must it be induvidual, why must it be contained in a human ? or even a single cell ? Even a human being is actually nothing but an ecosystem that we, through our reductive and rather unimaginative perception see as an individual.
So is not our whole universe in that sense life ? An intelligent eco system that is as chaotic as a single individual ? And why are we searching for copies of ourselves ?
We may at this moment be surrounded by life that bears absolutely no relationship to the limited perceptions of our selves. So we will not even recognize the presence of that life .
Must life have a physical form ? Can there not be intelligent ecosystems that are completely formless ? That are just patterns of energy. Of thought. According to Mystics and Quantum Scientists, that is exactly what we are anyway.
So lets look for life around us, within us, even at this moment, without letting go of the exciting anticipation of finding of green eyed, scaly, warm hearted clones of ourselves.