I was reading an article on Gliese 581g, an Earth-like planet newly discovered by scientists. What fascinated me was not just the notion of the-day-we-meet-fellow-inhabitants-of-Milky Way coming close, but mankind’s dedicated quest of trying to find them. I guess it stems from our Social Instinct.
We don’t want to be alone – that’s the bottom line. Be it at an individual level (where the thought of being single all your life scares the hell out of many) or at a group level (where the thought of being the only planet out there is something no one believes in).
The proof is out there. Mass social media, organizations, groups, families, relations everything…. everything we do in our lives revolves around being ‘in touch’ with our kind. We find ways and means to be around others all the time. We don’t want to be alone. There might be times when one pulls away – but not for long. To stay connected with one another is our nature- the very core of our DNA. We create and tailor technology in a way that would fuel this hunger of ours. After all, your “cool quotient” depends on how many people you know. And flaunting that is important too! (Remember those little numbers on your Facebook/LinkedIn profile? Those numbers scream out admittedly more than anything else on your profile). “Build your network, know more people, stay connected” is all that they say.
Sometimes all I can imagine is everyone in the world holding hands, in a MJ video style (see below).
I guess I can go ahead and summarize mankind’s social quest as follows:
“Wassup mah hommies… like every damn where, eh?!”
So we now that we have Facebook and Twitter for this planet, let’s see what our bros are up to in the rest of the galaxy. And since it looks like we are about to get an answer soon enough, I would recommend we all be prepared.
After all, that day isn’t far when we shall all realize that we were never alone…Another Earth image copyright© 2011 – Fox Searchlight