By golly, there are parallel universes right here on this planet. Looking at the fish in the tank, searching for food, oblivious to me and all things human, I thought no need to watch movies with aliens in space ships. With so many life forms on Earth, creating worlds within worlds, they are here and they are us.
Just picture the mites that live on your eyelashes to eat the surrounding dead skin or the bacteria in your gut which help in digestion. Yummy! From the lowest one-celled creature to the complex mammals in the animal kingdom, each of us is a complete entity, a self-contained universe, as opposed to Brooklyn, which is ever expanding.
Despite the above brain dump, I’ve often thought that I’m the only one alive; yes, I know my silly musings are far from original. But then, how can it be proven it’s not so, and the same for you and you. We only know that which we experience from our senses.
And what if our perception of identical objects differs within member of the same species? For instance, a triangle to me may look like a circle to you. Who can say otherwise?
Then, of course, there are the differences between species. It’s common knowledge that dogs can hear sounds in higher ranges than humans, and humans can use speech in a way unique to its race. We are different yet symbiotic. Think of the common maggot, those wormy-looking insect larvae. Some feed on necrotic tissue, restoring it to good health; others eat only dead bodies, but in the process perpetuate the whole life cycle.
Recently, Richard Hoover, a NASA astrobiologist, claimed to have found fossilized alien bacteria inside a meteorite, setting off an “internet tempest” with people everywhere debating the beginnings of life: did it educe here or in some far-away, unimaginable frontier? I’m not concerned; I just have to look inside the fish tank at those multi-colored, craniate vertebrates to find my flying-saucer specimens.
“And they swam and they swan all over the dam.” Damn!