NASA has put together a team of scientists to track down alien life on other planets. It is certain that there are other planets like Earth which host life, including intelligent life. This is a recurring news. Scientists say there must be life outside our solar system.
What if not? What if this desire is but a form of a collective guilt complex of an atheistic culture? The scientific elite of the atheistic Enlightenment tradition has killed God in their part of social consciousness. Now, as a denial of this suppression, this rationalist elite, in a utopian way, is yearning for ‘alien life’. It can easily turn out that these ‘heavenly visions’ are only projections, a form of mourning over their lost God? We can see how this compulsive denial leads to the compulsive colonisation of the surrounding cosmos. There is a desperate race to ‘mark’ the Moon, again and again, and the Mars, the Son, and everything which is beyond the physical borders of planet Earth. In the meantime, we tragically miss the point: the denied God (suppressed faith at the heart of human knowledge) and the dangerously wounded, almost dying ecosystem (global warming) are the two sides of the same coin.
It is against this painful void of denial (misplaced yearning) that we can read Moses’ apologetic prayer before God (Deuteronomy 9,11-end). While waiting for the aliens, or on board of our spaceship, this text should turn us back to our truer self. This is the sacred text, with a timing civilisational value, that can wake us up from a false, mistargeted Exodus.
‘…The Lord gave me the two tables of stone, even the tablets of the covenant. And the Lord said unto me, Arise, get thee down quickly from hence; for they people which thou hast brought forth out Egypt have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image [of their ‘extra-terrestrial yearning’]. So I turned and came down from the mount, and the mount burned with fire: and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and, behold, ye had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made you molten calf: ye had turned aside quickly out of the way which the Lord had commanded you. And I took the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and brake them before your eyes.’
Is there something beyond the yearnings of a secular elite, is there life beyond the broken God and broken dreams?
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..