Earth, An Afterthought

Perhaps Earth is but an afterthought for terrestrial travelers on the move from one galaxy to the next?  Much like we pay no mind to ants on our daily journeys, why would we stop to admire anthills?  The wind may blow their world away like sand blown through a desert.  This will happen millions of times, almost too many times to count or care.  Until the ants seek to better themselves through seeing beyond their single generation then they will perish like autumn leaves, always destined to die.

We, the intergalactic ants, may beg and cry “Why have we not been visited by aliens from the sky?”  Yet, perhaps we may have been visited a million times over but they may have appeared as clouds or some other mundane objects.  Humans have the technology to be unobserved by other humans, if we so desire; so why wouldn’t aliens possess a higher form of unsuspected observation?  Even so, if aliens blessed us with their presence then why should they bestow upon us their countless technological advances?  What would happen if I gave a nuclear warhead to apes?  What would happen if you gave a self-destructive species the tools to destroy them?

Sometimes it is best that Earth remains an afterthought between galaxies; we deserve nothing more or less at this moment.

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About Manny Garza

After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.