Yesterday’s topic was a little bit heavy, so I decided I would keep things a little lighter today by offering up another quote for our weekly Words of Wisdom.
Today’s quote is provided to you by my younger brother, who although does not share an appreciation for literature, he does have keenness for the world of science fiction:
“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”
– Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke is a science fiction author, the most famous of his works being the acclaimed “2001: A Space Odyssey“. He passed away in 2008, but his contributions to the world of literature live on.
This quote gives insight into Arthur’s view of the ‘human condition’, reflecting on our position in the universe. The above quote rings true, when you consider how every written scenario involving human contact with other lifeforms has resulted in less than desirable outcomes for the human race. And yet at the same time, the idea of being completely alone in the universe brings with it a chilling wave of isolation, knowing that no one will come to our rescue if our planet is in peril.
It is amazing what science fiction writing can reveal about the world, and also the things that it can inspire. Star Trek, for instance, inspired many of our scientific endeavors, in the hopes of achieving a future where traveling to other galaxies and no longer facing a strained divide between the rich and the poor.
I hope you were able to glean some insight from today’s post. As always, any comments, questions, concerns or critiques are welcome.