Believe it or not, aliens exist. The likelihood of an alien species of life existing is exponentially more than them not existing.
There are immeasurable galaxies and planets in the universe (that we know of; keep in mind we have only explored a teeny tiny part of the universe). If you logically think about it, humans aren’t special or even lucky enough to be the only intelligent species in the universe. There have to be at least a few dozen more. The questions remain: Why haven’t we had any contact? Why are people so reluctant to accept the argument that aliens exist? Are our space agencies incompetent or are the planets inhabiting aliens so far away that we cannot reach them? Well, there are a few explanations.
The first explanation is that we simply cannot reach them. Maybe they’re too far away. Maybe our technology isn’t as good as we fool ourselves to believe. This seems like a solid explanation but is too mundane to be believable.
The second explanation makes much more sense in the current atmosphere of the world (both the literal atmosphere and the metaphorical socio-political atmosphere). Humans are so centered on themselves that they do not think of anything outside of their existence. Their idea of aliens is that of green-skinned big-headed spindly-legged beings that make weird groaning noises and are incapable of intelligent conversation. Perhaps it is because of these ideas that we are ourselves sabotaging our quest to “find” other forms of life beyond our planet. A team of psychologists in Spain did a small study where they asked 137 people to look at pictures of other planets and scan the images for signs of alien beings. Hidden in these images was a tiny man in a gorilla suit. Not so surprisingly, only about 30% of the people noticed and identified the gorilla man as an alien. Maybe if we opened up our minds a teensy bit, we would come closer to finding aliens.
The third, however, is the kind of explanation that gets the party started. So, we all basically know how NASA lies to us all the time (I’m not just pulling it out if my hat, I promise. Exhibit A: most of the pictures we see of Earth are not images taken of the earth like those taken on a phone camera and just sent to our textbooks and Google feeds. They’re “composite images” which means that the scientists floating in space take pictures of the earth from various angles and then combine them to form one image. Exhibit B: the entire conspiracy theory regarding the moon landing being fake. More on these later.). So, the possibility is that NASA has already come in contact with aliens, maybe even on a semi-regular tea-party basis, but hasn’t told the world about it, certainly exists.
Theorists have tried to imagine what people across the world would do if told about alien life. Naturally, there will be quite a lot of panic, speculation, mistrust and a general aura of fear. (It’s more of an adults-only thing though, millennials are more than happy to know more about aliens.) To prevent the world from going into a state of massive panic and fear, NASA might just casually have kept it under cover. But as you dive deeper into the world of conspiracies, you would realize that the government of the United States especially and of most first world countries, generally, keeps many things wrapped under multiple covers of hush-hush secrecy. So, it becomes hard to believe that a government funded organization like NASA (by funded I mean heavily funded both financially and politically) wouldn’t hide something like this for its own gains or to prevent worldwide mayhem.
If you’re wondering (and I hope for your sake you are), there is evidence. There have been multiple sightings of UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects – all across the world. There are pictures, videos and hefty research about the same. Even the Pentagon has acknowledged that it studies UFOs. In 2017, a Pentagon report came out which featured two videos of UFO encounters. In October, an object passed through our solar system that looked a lot like a spaceship. “Astronomers spent much of 2016 arguing over whether the weird pulses of light coming from a distant star were actually evidence of an “alien megastructure”, wrote the New York Magazine in March this year. Around the same time, another video came out which featured a Navy encounter off the East Coast of the US. We have long been dismissing gripping and highly convincing evidence of alien spaceships and UFOs and even alien life forms, but when the Pentagon releases videos and Trump (forgive me for dragging him in here but he is the President of a superpower so he is kind of a big deal) seemed to announce the creation of an entirely new branch of military called The Space Force, even the annoyingly skeptic skeptics were inclined to believe it. Sometime in the future, we will know about alien life forms. Maybe we will all freak out and go into a massive panic. Maybe we will be thankful, considering how more people than ever have been seeking life outside earth as a form of escapism. Or maybe, we will just be wiped out one day without a two-week notice like we seem to be expecting.
If you go on the internet and search on Google if aliens exist, you’ll get a pleasant mix of enthusiastic believers from researchers to scientists and astronomers who will term all of this a bunch of hocus-pocus game of attention. I can’t tell you what to believe, but I can tell you not to believe everything.
Written by Himangi Shekhawat
Edited by Tinka Dubey
Artwork by Ambika Narang