Is it possible that there is life outside of earth?
Every Friday morning, my son Ethan and I have our ‘Father-Son coffee’ together (his coffee is always a hot chocolate), and we have kept this tradition now for half his life time. The conversation of late has evolved from gaming and memes to much deeper topics. I opened this blog with the very question I was hit with this morning.
I was initially intrigued by the nature of the question itself, especially because Ethan was still half asleep, but then I felt immediately excited. Thus begun a twenty minute long conversation about the notion of life on Earth, what sustains life, and if there could be life on other planets or galaxies and would we ever find out in our lifetime? I am closely following NASA’s Mars exploration program and the data gathered thus far has helped to give us big clues into this big question.
Ethan is a logical boy, he determines things not through assumption but empirical evidence, however the combination of his new high school subjects – science and philosophy – have helped to open his mind a lot more. Not to mention make our coffee dates a lot more stimulating.
We are all lucky to be here on this Earth right now, to have the opportunity of life, and to do with it whatever we like. At the same time however, we are but a small blip in the fabric of space and time, and maybe we are not alone. We may never know the answer for certain in our lifetime, so we are left to explore and be curious.
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”– Neil Armstrong