Intelligent life. Really?

This is what the question was: “The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?”

And there was me almost falling off my chair, with my hand in the air, mouthing “I know! I know the answer! Pick ME!!!”. Well, not quite literally of course, but you get the gist of what was passing through my head.

So the answer is this: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!!! Douglas Adams had got it so right.

So what are we humans?

  • We think digital watches (or pretty much anything that is supposed to reduce some of our physical and mental work) are great. I’m pretty sure that soon we will be fossilized where we are sitting, since no effort of any kind will be needed to do anything!
  • We build bypasses and more bypasses that sometimes I fear that we are going to by-pass everything of relevance. (That would be pretty cool, wouldn’t it? A never-ending roller coaster ride of sorts. Hmm.)
  • We sincerely believe that we are the most intelligent species in this universe. And we proceed to self-destruct.

We also experiment on mice (and monkeys and sheep and others), making them run around in those wheels et all. But for all we know, those mice in our science labs might be running this planet for a larger, more sinister purpose. What a fun world that would be!

Lost in the details

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Featured above are mixed media works inspired by Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, visualizing what it would be like if the mice were the overloads, controlling us as we go about building and rebuilding our lives on this planet. Post created for Daily prompt: Worldly Encounters.

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