1. Individual humans claim exclusive ownership to pieces of music or writing or paintings, in short they have a system where one person owns art.
2. Large groups of humans own large pieces of land and call them countries. They have drawn imaginary lines on the landmass of the planet and have a different name for each country where only that group has the right to do more or less whatever they please.
3. These large groups even claim to own the seas (where they cannot live) and the air above their so-called countries.
We believe that all this ownership crap has less to do with utilizing the commodity and more with excluding everyone else from using it. From what we have observed till now, this system leads to conflicts, stealing, fights (even wars between countries) and nothing but bad blood between humans. Most of the activity on this planet seems to be connected in one way or the other with either getting ownership of stuff that they don’t own or protecting ownership of the stuff they do own. We are yet to fathom what good all this confusion does and we are pretty sure that most of the wars, fights, disputes, conflicts and what-not are because of this. Yet, the humans seem to be totally oblivious of all this and continue to follow this system as if it were the best of things.”~Some Aliens
Dear Team! You will be pleased to know that I have been really amused by your reports about the human race and the way they live on Earth. You will probably not so pleased to know that I think you did a truly crappy job as all your reports stank of arrogance. I sent you there to learn from the humans, not to point out their errors. And I have no idea whether you will be pleased or not to know that I have decided to order you to return at once.
I still believe in the human race whether you or the humans themselves agree with me or not. I still believe there must be something that you and they themselves have missed. But your vision, regardless of how many dimensions you can see, is limited, because your perspectives are flawed. So, instead of continuing to read your useless reports, I prefer to wait till this race realizes its potential. As for you, I have little hope. So come back!
Dear Khhhtghhh! The more we live among humans, the more we are fascinated by their languages, and that is not because the languages are fascinatingly good; in fact they are fascinatingly dumb. They have a huge number of words and sounds in all languages that they use (yes! Amazingly they have not yet developed a single language that the whole species can speak and understand) but they normally use a small portion of that vocabulary. A large proportion of the words are rare and too complicated for the common speakers to understand and are sparingly used by members of the race who are, or want to be, considered intellectually superior.
But what is most fascinating is that there are words that are almost universally used but nobody knows for sure what they mean (at least that is what we think!). The best example of such a word is ‘Love’. We have tried and tried but still fail to understand its meaning. Humans use this word so commonly and for so many different things that we are at a total loss to comprehend its essence. From what we understand, when someone says “I just love beef burger” he means that he really likes the taste of the food, obviously the same meaning does not fit when someone claims to ‘love his country’, in which case it denotes a feeling humans call patriotism.
There are infinite other things, which the humans call love, even though they have other words to better explain the same emotion or feeling within their languages. For instance, love is used in places where lust would suit better. It is also commonly used where the more accurate expression would be desire to possess, or insecurity, or greed, or obligation and so on. After centuries of such universal use, humans seem to have forgotten the real meaning and we actually came across a couple where the boy said “I love you” meaning that he desired to have sex with the girl and the girl understood the exact same sentence as meaning that he was willing to provide physical, financial, social and psychological security to her for the rest of their lives. We would not be surprised if one or both of them end up disillusioned.
From what little we have learnt, humans simply use the word ‘Love’ to exaggerate or provide respectability to feelings that are otherwise trivial and mundane. But they don’t bother, life goes on for them, albeit in an extremely confusing manner.
Dear Khhhtghhh! We are so shocked by our latest discovery that we just do not know how to properly convey it to you. We have already told you that humans can be at only one place at one time. But that is not the complete picture of these poor creatures’ plight. Believe it or not, they can only move in one direction in time and they call it moving forward. They believe that time is linear and goes like a straight line, so not only are they totally unaware of the complete expanse of time, these miserable beings cannot even move ‘backwards’ in time. So they spend their ignorant lives just moving forward, they have but one chance at any given moment and whatever happens in that moment, they are completely powerless to change it afterwards.
But that is not all. As we have learnt from our stay here, humans have plenty of limitations but they also have this uncanny ability to enhance their effects by their stupidity. Let us explain. Despite the fact that they cannot change their past, they spend an unbelievable amount of time dwelling on it. They have all kinds of emotions that they call by different names, all of which are in one way or the other related to their past.
They feel sadness or grief (which is basically feeling bad about something that has already happened and cannot be changed), anger (a feeling of aggression against something that was done or said in the past), regret (wishing that they had done something they didn’t or had not done something they did), nostalgia (remembering a past moment and feeling bad that it has gone) and many many more.
Interestingly for us (and stupidly for them) they do not seem to be even remotely concerned about the present, which is the moment that they can actually do something about. They spend their present either worrying about the future or remembering their past until the present becomes the past as well, and then they start remembering that. I know it is confusing, but that is how they live. We think it is pretty pathetic, but none of them appears to be bothered about it, they just keep moving in time and keep looking back towards things they cannot do anything about. They are like vehicles moving at top speed where the whole windscreen is actually a rear-view mirror. No wonder then that their lives are so full of accidents.
Dear Khhhtghhh! These humans have the strangest value system. They appear to have concepts of good and evil but even after millions of years of evolutions and thousands of years of social living, they have still not agreed upon a universal set of values. Things considered good in one society are thought as unacceptably brutal in others and vice versa. I know you would want to label this a mere question of time and would think that maybe given enough time, they would eventually find a definition of good and evil that everyone agrees with but let us assure you dear Khhhtghhh, there is slim chance of that.
When we said that humans have a strange value system, we were not exaggerating. Here is how we have seen it work. People here are much more concerned about appearing good to others than about actually being good. Hence, they concentrate all the time on pretending to be good and spend next to no time actually improving themselves. As you are well aware Khhhtghhh, personal improvement is slippery ground, and anyone who is not improving sooner or later starts deteriorating. That is exactly what seems to be happening to humans, only they think they are getting better because everyone else thinks so. Their standard of good and evil is the society, so if the society or the whole human race deteriorates, they have no way of noticing that.
Funnily, people here try to communicate to others that they are good, by faking and pretending. Then, if enough other humans start believing that a person is good, that person despite being well aware of what he is, tends to start considering himself good too. And if a huge number of people start liking someone, that person even if he is the vilest of creatures, is considered great. As for the very few people who appear to understand all this and try to speak the truth, they are commonly ridiculed and persecuted.
So, we would once again like to stress that you must relax Khhhtghhh. These people can hardly teach us much since they are not even willing to learn, and anyone who cannot learn can never ever teach. Also, they are no threat to us because they have not yet ceased to be a threat to each other. Till next report.
Dear Khhhtghhh! We think that we may finally have found something interesting in this human race, after all. These people believe there is something they call God. He is supposed to be the Creator of the universe and everything in it, all-powerful, all-knowing, omnipotent, in short He is perfection. Though it is difficult to comprehend Him fully and we seriously doubt that these silly humans understand much about Him either, but it sure is a thought-provoking concept.
From what we have observed, we are still not sure if God, being perfection personified, created humans in His own image (as many of the humans believe) or if humans, being so imperfect and so lame, created God out of their own imagination (which some of the more learned humans believe). We are also, as yet, unclear about the relationship God has with humans. All humans who believe in this Entity either worship Him or at least believe that they should worship Him. They pray to Him, bow down before Him, and plead with Him. But observing their rituals has given us little clue to the intention behind all this. We have found so many varying situations that, for the moment, we are confused. Different people appear to be worshipping him
- out of greed because they believe God can give them more and more of everything, rid them of all their troubles and even grant them a perfect and eternal life; or
- out of fear since they think that God can cause harm to them and even throw them in a miserably eternal and eternally miserable life; or
- out of habit, since they have seen their elders do that and believe that it is good, though they do not have any idea what good comes of it; or
- out of social pressure since the society around them believes, for no apparent reason, that worshipping is good; or
- out of frustration, since no other option is available to them to improve their condition and they feel the need to hang on to any straw.
However, we have also seen some people, who look like they worship Him because they love Him and although there is a very small number of such people, these are the ones who have generated our interest in the concept. Also, of course there are the others who call themselves ‘atheists’ meaning those who do not believe in God. They are also pretty interesting and we cannot help wondering about how important God must be since those who do not believe in Him actually have a separate name.
So, we thought it would be nice to tell you however little we have learnt about this concept. We expect to learn more and will keep you posted. One last thing, a number of atheists believe that God does not exist because they cannot perceive Him with their five senses. Hilarious, isn’t it? By that logic, we don’t exist either, eh?
Dear Khhhtghhh! Probably the most notable feature of the human race that we have seen yet is their uncontrollable desire for ownership. They are so obsessed with possessing and owning things that individual humans even claim ownership of pieces of land that this race lives on (the poor creatures cannot live in water or in the air and have to have their feet on the ground! Can you imagine?) They claim to own pieces of land which they then go on to give to others in return for something valuable (mostly money, the concept of money is still not totally clear to us, so we will explain that later).
Other than owning land and all kinds of other immovable stuff, these poor little beings also seem to own things that you would not be able to guess even if you let your imagination run wild. We are not suggesting that there is any problem with your intellect dear Khhhtghhh, it’s just that humans act in a manner too far below your intellect.
- Individual humans claim exclusive ownership to pieces of music or writing or paintings, in short they have a system where one person owns art.
- Large groups of humans own large pieces of land and call them countries. They have drawn imaginary lines on the landmass of the planet and have a different name for each country where only that group has the right to do more or less whatever they please.
- These large groups even claim to own the seas (where they cannot live) and the air above their so-called countries.
We believe that all this ownership crap has less to do with utilizing the commodity and more with excluding everyone else from using it. From what we have observed till now, this system leads to conflicts, stealing, fights (even wars between countries) and nothing but bad blood between humans. Most of the activity on this planet seems to be connected in one way or the other with either getting ownership of stuff that they don’t own or protecting ownership of the stuff they do own. We are yet to fathom what good all this confusion does and we are pretty sure that most of the wars, fights, disputes, conflicts and what-not are because of this. Yet, the humans seem to be totally oblivious of all this and continue to follow this system as if it were the best of things.
Once again dear Khhhtghhh, we stress that this situation where humans thought up this ownership thing, implemented it, saw its terrible results and now continue to ignore the obvious harms it causes, is yet another proof that we are not likely to learn much from this godforsaken species. Till next report.