Our Distant Cousins
I’d like to mention first that I am not a crazy alien conspiracy kind of guy, that these ideas are out there, but that that is all they are, ideas, ideas that wobbled into my head.
Posit for a moment that human beings are the only intelligent beings, the only beings with reason or free will in the entire Universe. Follow then the idea that perhaps it is our only purpose to spread our free will throughout the Universe*. It is a radical idea, but one we can nonetheless disprove until, if we ever do, encounter extraterrestrial intelligence.
I’m sure you are all familiar with ideas about panspermia and the theories (if you watch the History Channel haha!) about aliens bringing life to Earth. I’ll speak nothing about where I stand on the these ideas and say only that perhaps we are not the first humans to inhabit the Universe. And if this is true, is it wild to believe, considering the above stated, that extraterrestrials brought life to Earth to carry out their only purpose? And that in fact we are descendants, so to speak?
If we ever do span out and populate the wider Universe chances are that genetic engineering will play a pivotal role in preserving the human race. We cannot expect each planet we wish to inhabit to possess an atmosphere exactly like Earth’s; exactly 78% Nitrogen and 20% oxygen, the comfortable temperatures, and the exact minerals and vitamins that we need we survive. That is where genetics plays its pivotal role: in allowing us to genetically alter ourselves so that we can breath 43% nitrogen, survive without certain vitamins and minerals and instead be able to live from the minerals and vitamins and gases that inhabit said planet. Altering the genetic make-up of an individual will ultimately affect his cognition, and probably lessen it. So what we would, will, have to do is to breed genetic variations of ourselves that can survive in an alien environment and at the same time, while not being nearly as smart as we are, still have the capabilities to learn and grow intellectually, to intellectually evolve if you will.
So is it not possible that an ancient race, distantly related to us across the vast Universe, dropped off genetically altered members of its species to inhabit and thrive on Earth? Giving them the physical characteristics they needed to survive while preserving enough basic intelligence that, over the millenia, they could intellectually evolve and rule the planet? Could these extraterrestrial cousins of ours have left us a notice of sorts?
I’ll leave you with this:
You’ll have to find some wild stretch of your imagination to picture the bottom of his jaw –>
The Horn of Africa as the brow, sloping down to the eye socket, protruding into the nose and coming down to the chin, back up the west coast to complete the jaw and up to the base of the skull to the top of the head.
* I’ve come to develop an understanding of the Universe where free will can only exist between order and chaos, Newtonian and Quantum mechanics, the two halves of the Universe if you’ll have it. The idea then is that we, being of free will, exist in a sort of balance and pull the two separate halves of the Universe together, through our being. With this idea it makes a little more reason, that we only exist to balance the Universe, and that by spreading ourselves, our free will, we balance the Universe on a larger scale.