Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Thanks to the internet, life is a hundred times easier than it was a decade ago. Hell, probably five years back, for that matter. In 2012, even the smallest of electronic devices is just futuristic enough to be a part of a digital revolution, if there is one (but we’ll talk about that another day).
According to movies like “The Terminator” & “Mad Max,” society is right on schedule to achieve the imperfect blending of man, machine, & uncertainty. The past is no longer a blueprint for tomorrow, but instead now a reminder of what not to do ever again, should the opportunity present itself. The “future” (as we so slyly call the present) isn’t about money or freedom. It’s about the human animal’s incessant need to make itself bigger, faster, stronger, & any collateral damage is just chalked up to the aforementioned evolution.
It’s only natural that, after so much hard work on making humans better beings, we refocus our sights on bigger “targets,” like (outer) space.
Space is as close as man can get to a tangible heaven without
forfeiting losing his life. & much like heaven, most of our assumptions about it come from third hand information or faith-based thinking, until religion or science proves it’s point the loudest. Right now, as in today, is the shit that sci-fi movies have wet dreams about. Computers are a finger snap from making their own “conscience” decisions while (not-so coincidentally) man is discovering planets abound; at least two hundred new discoveries within the last ten years. Every new planet is another possibility at finding life in space, aside from our own. & though we – the people – may not be in the financial position to afford space exploration & travel at the moment, that may not be such a bad thing. Or, at least that’s what Steven Hawking convinced me of during an episode of his 3-part series, “Into The Universe.”
Mr. Hawking helped me to appreciate the awesomeness of the universe. See, people think the galaxy & the universe are the same thing. No dice. That’s like comparing half a Twix bar to all of Mars, Incorporated. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is just a drop in the scientific bucket as far as the universe is concerned. & if you believe “The Big Bang Theory,” or even that life began from crashing comets, the fact that life can essentially be anywhere in the universe is pretty overwhelming.
Unlike movies, where people can predict & determine the behaviors & personalities of the alien race we may be up against, in actuality, we have no idea what’s out there. A brief overview of all the different species of creatures on Earth offers a glimpse into what’s possible, especially given the fact that Earth laws only apply on Earth. (In fact, once we leave our planet, we essentially become the aliens.) Nevertheless, with all the science & math applied to space, the reality that alien life forms may truly exist pales in comparison to the logic of them not looking to make friends.
In all seriousness, let’s imagine that a group of space pioneers decided to visit our planet. Most likely, they’d be doing the same thing that we are: looking for other places to live. Scavenging, so to speak, for resources & what not. According to Dr. Hawking, time travel is possible with the right technology. & according to hieroglyphics & such, the right technology has possibly been around for ages. If said technology has already have been invented, in theory, the proverbial future could be right over some event horizon, waiting for us, with “aliens” in tow. Much like the bounds of the universe, the possibilities of “what if’s” are virtually endless, & I don’t think humans are in the position to invite guests over when we can’t even get along with one another. We’re looking for them & don’t even know who we are, if you smell my cologne.
For what it’s worth, I’m content living the rest of my days aloof to the existence of alien beings. In fact, I’m much more concerned with Friday the 13th, 2029.
Scientists predict that an asteroid named Apophis – who can’t seem to stay away from Earth – may strike the planet or the moon on this date. It almost impacted us on an orbit in 2004, & while most predictions say it will miss us again in ’29, the same probably can’t be said for April 2036… Fortunately, a team called NEO shield is being assembled to defend us if need be, like real life superheroes. Hopefully we won’t need their services, but it’s good to know that somebody is being proactive, just in case.
When I was a kid, I was to be scared of earthquakes. Now I’m anticipating alien invasions, & space debris bombardment. Go figure.