Across the Universe

I was briefly perusing Yahoo.com for some quick news, and I came across this article about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100425/sc_afp/scienceastronomyextraterrestrialhawking

In the article, I found this excerpt worthy of sharing.  “In 2008, American space agency NASA beamed the Beatles song “Across the Universe” into deep space to send a message of peace to any alien that happens to be in the region of Polaris — also known as the North Star — in 2439.”

I find this little excerpt to be really funny.  If you think about it, that’s a pretty random and crazy thing for the people of earth to do. Here are a few thoughts I had about it:  1) What if the aliens don’t like the Beatles?  In fact, what if the aliens hate the Beatles and don’t appreciate us forcing it down their throats? Who is to say that Simon and Garfunkel wouldn’t have been the right choice? Or, maybe, the aliens are the partying type and would have appreciated some Justin Timberlake?  2) I love that we assume the aliens will understand English and will get the theme of the song.  And truth be told, I’ve heard that song twenty or thirty times, and I don’t understand half it.  They don’t stand a chance.  3) At this point, how do you even have a conversation with Sir Paul McCartney?  What do you talk about with someone whose music has been potentially played for extra-terrestrials?  “Hey Paul, last week I [fill in the blank with any reasonable accomplishment] .”  Paul’s response: “Oh, really?  Aliens on the other side of the universe listen to my music.”

Now, let me try to tie it together with a more serious thought (if possible at this point).  While it’s funny and kind of random that we would send music across the universe, the point is that there is a message trying to be sent, and hopefully it would be received as a peaceful one. Basically, we’re all trying to send a message of some sort. It makes me consider the message that I send out.  Maybe you could consider today what kind of message you send out. What kind of words do you use with people?  What kind of concern do you actually have for people?  Do you feign interest in others, thinking they won’t pick up on it?  Even with the people closest to you, are you encouraging them in little ways, or is there a subversive message of discontent that saturates most of your conversations and interactions.  As a Christ follower, I believe that the message of peace and forgiveness is imperative.  1 John 1.5 tells us this about God: “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”  So, you and I might consider the way in which we go about sharing the message that God is light and love, that He is perfect and good.  It’s certainly one that needs to be shared, not just with words but with lives lived in such a way.  The Scripture continues, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth (1 John 1.6).” So, what is your message today?

My opinion is if NASA was going to choose the Beatles, they should have picked “Come Together.”  Maybe the aliens could explain to us what the lyric “he got walrus gum-boot” means.

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