Do little, green men exist, or are they just a hollywood production? If they do exist, where to we find them? Will they find us first? Have they already found us? I really like this big question about alien life, because it brings up so many related questions like the ones I just mentioned. We might never discover the answers, or we might find the answers tomorrow. We can’t be sure.
What we can be sure about is that life do exist in the universe. I’m not telling lies here, it does exist. You’re one example of just that. The fact that you and the 7 billion other fellow human beings are alive proves that life has the potential to pop up in our universe.
However this didn’t happened over day. It’s instead a result of billion of years of evolution at work. From a single cell living in the ocean to a lazy homo sapiens (that’s the fancy word for human beings). But let’s not waste any more time talking about our evolution, we’ll save that for some other time.
If life has the potential to grow here on Earth, doesn’t that mean it can happen somewhere else as well?
That is the theory. The main ingredient for life here on Earth is water, so if we can find water on another planet there is a chance it could be life there. It doesn’t even have to be a planet, a single moon is enough. Like Jupiter’s moon Europa. This moon is believed to have a whole ocean beneath its surface. So it’s possible we will find life there sometime in the future (how exciting!).
Can you imagine the result of finding extraterrestrial life (another fancy word, this one is the same as alien life)? It could have a devastating effect on our society.
If you don’t believe me, then consider this. We live in a world where we have several major religions. Many of them is based on the creation of man by God. It is not based upon science or evolution, so these religions do not believe in alien life. Many religious people will simply deny the possibility because of their religion. I’m not going to tell you what to believe, I’m simply putting all the cards on the table in order to look at it from a scientific perspective.
Now if you wake up tomorrow to find out a dozen of small, green men had shook hands with the president, how would you react? It would without doubt change our lives for ever! But how do you think the religious part of the world would react if they heard this? It would basically prove their religion wrong.
As you probably know some religious people can be a bit violent in their way (I’m talking about terrorists). It’s hard to say for certain how people like that would react to such morning news. I believe we would see a mass riot appear based solely on desperation or frustration. Some people might deny the evidence of alien life, while others would feel proud to witness human history right in front of their eyes. However I believe most people would just be shocked, and not knowing what to do. Society as we know it would break down.
Our world would change for ever.