The War of the Worlds

October 17, 2019

BW photograph of a water tower-long, wide composition.

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These are images from Frederick, Maryland.  Each time I go there and look toward this water tower, I think of H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds.  The cover image in that link should provide the rationale for this association.

BW photograph of a water tower with the tower left of center overlooking some houses.

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This work was published in book form in 1898 and later adapted as a live radio broadcast by Orson Wells.  That broadcast, which coincided with Halloween, was reported to have been thought by some as a narrative of a real invasion-the story of this broadcast is quite a tale.  There have been a few movie adaptations over the years.

Spoiler alert: if you have not read the book nor heard/viewed any of the adaptations, please stop here.

BW photograph of a water tower right of center overlooking some houses.

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If you are familiar with the end of the story, then you know that the martians are ultimately defeated by the air on earth.  While our technology and war machines were no match for their technology and tripods, the entities themselves simply could not safely breathe our air.  They perished.

Importantly, in reality, such is the case for many humans here in the 21st century.  This is a link regarding the most air polluted cities in the U.S.  This one broadens the scope to the planet.  Statistics regarding the number of premature deaths due to air pollution are also included in the latter link.  (As an important aside, BBC’s Witness History program aired an episode of how Mexico City addressed its car pollution problem.)

BW photograph of a set of old wooden stairs leading to a boarded-over entrance.

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Given the toxicity of the air, human-generated pollution presents a clear and present danger to the well-being of peoples around the world, especially as efforts are made to roll-back previous legislation regarding pollutants.

BW photograph of fallen leaves laying in a puddle in a gutter.

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Indeed, uninhabitable conditions, be they environmental (polluted air and water, drought, desertification, rising seas, etc.), economic (lack of employment, exploitation), or social (war, persecution, genocide, other forms of violence) are some of the main drivers of human migration.  As the planet continues to warm and such conditions intensify, so will the conflicts over the remaining habitable areas.  This is one reason for the renewed interest in extra-planetary travel.

It would seem reasonable that there is some form of intelligent life out there in the ‘verse.  One could say that it is a bit egocentric/ethnocentric to think we are the only intelligent life in existence.  (One could also say that given the current state of affairs in so many places, our intelligence could be questioned…)  Therefore, SETI had a history and there is a rationale for the current iteration.  Time will tell.  My fantasy, though, is that any other extraterrestrial life capable of being consciously aware of us would also be intelligent enough to avoid our attempts to make contact.  The manner by which we treat each other and our planet is enough to give intelligent beings pause.

Take care.

 

Fall

October 6, 2019

 

BW photograph of a sunstar.

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A few days ago, a weather forecaster claimed that fall had finally arrived.

BW photograph of sunlit trees in autumn.

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With early morning temperatures in the low 40s, that certainly seemed to be case.

BW photograph of a fallen autumn maple leaf laying atop a rock.

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BW photograph of some dead leaves atop a large rock with running water in the background.

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BW photograph of a fallen autumn maple leaf laying atop a rock.

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BW photograph of some fallen autumn leaves laying atop a rock with a small falls in the background.

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BW photograph of dead autumn leaves laying atop a rock.

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Another bit of evidence is the number of leaves making their way to the ground.  There is a degree of serenity that can be had when sitting still and watching their slow descent, alighting with barely a sound.

Take care.

Deflated

October 5, 2019

BW photograph of a broken tree overlapping a large rock.

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There is something quite forlorn about this tree’s appearance.  It is as if it had become fatigued, deflated really, and, one would imagine, with a deep sigh simply laid down over the top of a large rock.  It had had enough.

As time passes, the trunk and limbs reach a point of nakedness as their bark dries out and falls away.

In many, many, years it will no longer be visible.

By that time, who would remember?

Take care.