December 31, 2009

A New Year Reflection

I was thinking back to the days when I was younger and living at home.

My father was not so much into these festivities and would go to sleep early ... as usual.

He would wake up early next morning ... as usual and go to office at the appointed time.

I wonder if that work ethic is worth emulating or what.

We live in a time when we 'celebrate' so many things. It's not unusual now a days to see youngsters celebrating the birthdays of their parents!!!

Would have been unheard of in my time.

I will definitely feel a bit silly, I think, if my birthday were to be celebrated when I am 50 or 60 or 70 years old.

Anyways, a new year is beginning and also a new decade.

I wonder if I will live to see the end of this new decade and welcome another new decade.

If I were asked to choose one thing I would love to see happen before I die, I will say this:

I have thought about that and my only query about nature that I would love to see answered before my death is this: Are we alone in the Universe? Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe? I suspect, as do scientists that life must be 'common' in this vast universe. It's just that we are a relatively primitive technological society and therefore we are just mastering the tools required to search for intelligent life elsewhere.

I would only ask scientists to 'hurry up' and find an answer before I die.

So, my answer to this question: What is the single most scientific endeavor that is ongoing at this moment? is obvious. It's the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

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