Astronomers have been gazing off into deep space for a number of years now, looking for exoplanets, planets outside our own solar system, and they’ve found over 4000 of them so far; it seems as though almost every star has at least a few but we’ve not found one that we’re certain actually has life onboard. There is no direct corollary to this solar system in any of them. This place, Earth – our home – seems to be an incredibly rare and precious jewel in the Universe….and yet, we seem to be doing our level best to destroy it.
Even the most pessimistic interpretation of the famous Drake equation states that we ought to be able to look out into the Milky Way and find it teeming with intelligent species, literally billions of them, just in our own galaxy. There are close to 10 billion stars very much like our Sun in this galaxy alone and as many as a trillion planets, habitable or otherwise. Yet we see nothing, hear….nothing, but crickets. This deafening silence is so profound it even has a name, the Fermi Paradox, after Enrico Fermi who posed the question, ‘If they’re there, why don’t we see them? Where are they hiding?’ Somebody has to be out there.
If you’re like me, then you’ll see other life as an inevitability. I believe life ‘wants’ to exist, external to any interaction from sentient beings, and will wherever it can find a foothold; that there is a Jedi lifeforce.