Wednesday, 14 November 2007
2207 part II: Take Us To Your Leader...
Continued from yesterday:
As we approached the alien building, it looked unnervingly more and more like an Earth house - although the style was like nothing we'd ever seen, the proportions were about the same.
Anyway, we got to it and there was a door. We knocked on the door. It opened slowly...
... In front of us was... a man!
"Yes?", he asked. It was clear he hadn't been expecting us.
"Erm, who's in charge here?"
"Well, it's my house. Look, what do you want? I'm missing my programme."
"We're, erm, tourists and we've kind of got lost."
"Well, come in, I'll make you a drink." He left us standing there and rushed in. We followed him. Inside it was much the same as Earth houses. There was a large screen on the wall showing some kind of soap opera which our host was clearly engrossed in.
Sharon was explaining to Margo that she was really Bob's long-lost illegitimate daughter, and that she hadn't realised who Bob was when he started seeing Debbie, who was actually her half sister...
It was one of those split-second things. We looked at each other, made a silent decision, nodded and left before he noticed. We ran to the rover, and sped straight back to the ship and took off. What a waste! We went all that way to find a new civilisation, an alien culture, and found more humans watching crap TV.
Some scientists have speculated that intelligent life will evolve much the same way everywhere, and of course religious people believe that we'll ony find humans, because they're in God's image. Whoever's right it means that we've very little to learn from space exploration.
Our recommendation to the Earth Government is to stop funding space research, and instead spend the millions investigating how we can make better television programmes - then we can really advance civilisation.