Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Intergalactic Community and Common Courtesy

You might be wondering...where are all the posts?  Well, although I do get page views from time to time, I haven't gotten nearly enough comments to actually have an intelligent conversation with my readers.  I've written quite a few posts, but haven't published them for several reasons that I wish not to talk about at the moment.

Anyways...you know, when you are in the military you are taught about military courtesy.  This is when you walk by someone while wearing the uniform you say the greeting of the day (good morning, good afternoon).  And you also salute if required.  I'm not quite certain why this tradition doesn't carry on in civilian life.  It should be as common as saying bless you after sneezing.  It really would make the world a better place.  Different cultures do different things.  For example...in South Korea it used to be if you are walking down a hall where two people talk those people move far enough apart so that you can walk by them.  In America it is the opposite.  Those two people either are jerks and don't move to the side or force you to walk behind them...not acknowledging your existence.  It's like common knowledge that while walking you walk on the right side...so that people who walk faster can walk or run on your left.  Not everyone follows those rules...however it used to be in South Korea if you don't follow the rules they teach you pretty fast by ramming into you.  Unfortunately, much of South Korea's culture has become more American.  I'm sure some still follow the common courtesy...but when students are hitting teachers and calling the police something is seriously wrong (source of this info is my wife who was Korean.  She is now an American citizen).

It's kinda like back in the day when you could tell other people's kids to be quiet and listen to your parents.  Now it is...oh no you didn't just talk to my misbehaving kids.  Who do you think YOU are?  Don't you tell me how to raise my kids!

This brings me to the Intergalactic Community that we live in, but do not realise it or want to admit to it.  Whether you believe in a God or not, or believe in aliens or not it is very possible that we live in an Intergalactic Community. What does this mean?  Well, what it means is that our seemingly meaningless activities has a direct affect/effect (someone help me out) on our Intergalactic Community.  So as we continue to act like savages, we celebrate people who train to beat people up in a ring, we celebrate or get upset about our local sports team, start new wars over Religion, Drugs, Life, Choice, Money, Power or whatever the flavor of the decade is...the Intergalactic Community shakes their heads in disbelieve.  Why do we even fund space exploration?  Do we really have anything to offer to the Intergalactic Community?

Planet Earth with all the diversity and richness it has...the highest intelligent creature that roams the planet is humans.  With all this abundance we have a constant and seemingly limitless energy supply coming from the sun...yet we continue to struggle with the concept that we are all on the same team, and should be working together.

Our membership in the Intergalactic Community would be like Grenada's membership with the UN.  Perhaps even this is a big stretch because I'm certain Grenada wields much more power that we ever could in our Intergalactic UN.  We are so out of touch that the last time we had contact with one of our Intergalactic leaders was about 2000 years ago if you are a Christian.  If you believe in aliens...well then it would be sooner.  Even if you believe in aliens, the general population hasn't been touched and certainly we aren't any more civilized. 

So, get out there...say hi to people.  Wave at people who stop their cars to let you cross the street.  The next step would be to tell people how to behave properly...perhaps you can share this post with them.

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