I received this from Sheldan Nidle’s mailing list and just had to post it!
Children are darlings! So innocent and sweet when young, and so insightful as they grow up. On the whole anyway! They certainly can teach us a thing or two. There is a freedom around them. And so cute!
Some bits are particularly amusing: “Our people are longing to meet you. We come in peace, though if you were to attack us we are armed and ready to defend ourselves,â€ wrote Thomas â€œTommyâ€ ”
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Greetings from Galactic Heart…
Recently a friend sent an interesting email that I would like to share with you.
Arizona State University conducted a contest called “Dear Aliens:”
For many years, scientists have been looking across the universe for signs of intelligent life. But what would happen if we made contact with an alien civilization? What would we say if the aliens tuned into Earth and said â€˜Hello?â€™
The ASU Origins Project invited children ranging from kindergarten through high school to submit a “letter to Aliens”.
The following are some of the entries which I found to be very interesting and entertaining. Enjoy!
The overall winning entry was written by Benjamin Lee, a seventh-grader from Pardes Jewish Day School in Phoenix. In his letter he wrote:
â€œDear Aliens, Please help us save our world. Not, from you, from ourselves. We are destroying our planet and need help from more technologically-advanced beings. Our planet is polluted, many nations are at war, there is civil unrest, and our economy is in turmoil. Perhaps you can save our world. Weâ€™re sure that you are friendly beings, as you have traveled so far to see us. Please come live among us and share your wisdom with us; we really need it.
â€œWe have many similarities to you. Like you, we have explored space travel, and we too are living, sentient, intelligent beings. We are the third planet orbiting around a medium-sized yellow star, called the sun, (93,000,000 miles away). Our planet, Earth, began as a ball of rock, and we have carbon-based creatures living on it. We have evolved from single-celled organisms, into other forms of vertebrate and invertebrate creatures. Our planet has water, plants and an atmosphere which contains oxygen. The farthest we have travelled in manned spacecraft was to our own moon, which isnâ€™tâ€™ far,â€ Lee wrote. He concluded his letter with: â€œMaybe someday we can come to your planet and live among you.â€
Eight other winners, two from each grade category, also were selected. Below are excerpts from their letters:
â€œDear Aliens, Welcome to our planet. If you land in Arizona, youâ€™ll be in the desert. And if you do land in Arizona drink lots of water,â€ wrote Sophia Suda, a kindergartener from Broadmor Elementary School in Tempe.
â€œWhat would I do with an alien? I would do sign language with my hands. I would make sure that he has some food after his long trip and ask him to be my friend,â€ wrote Angela Perez, a second-grader from Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix.
â€œHumans and other creatures live on Earth. Some are endangered. Humans can keep pets. Humans use different methods of technologies like aircraft, cars, trains, computers, TV, phone, etc. Curious Questions: Is your aircraft U.F.O.s? What do you do against pollution? What is your planetâ€™s name?â€ asked Udayketan Mohanty, a fourth-grader from Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School in Chandler.
â€œHello, we are Humans. Humans have been exploring space since a very long time. Since you are here you have probably found one of our voyager golden records with the information on humans and our planet. Our people are longing to meet you. We come in peace, though if you were to attack us we are armed and ready to defend ourselves,â€ wrote Thomas â€œTommyâ€ Grau Walton, a fifth-grader from Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley.
â€œDear other worldly being, I am formally writing to your species to inform you of our planetâ€™s many life forms and land masses and to insure peace between us. Our planet is called earth. We have many diverse cultures here. We have no intentions to harm you and your species; in fact, we would be enlightened to learn more about you, and to interact with you someday. We are simply interested in the never-ending vastness of space, as I am sure you are too,â€ wrote Madelyn Norstrem, a seventh-grader in Foothills Academy College Preparatory in Scottsdale.
â€œDear Superior Being. Humans are beings that inhabit this planet. Each human is different in their own special way. We have things called emotions that show what we are feeling. For example when we feel happy-the feeling enrichens us with joy. We also have characteristics like integrity, responsibility and honesty. These things make up our character. Humans have things called countries that we live in. Sometimes we have disputes over them. This causes a thing called war which two or more of these countries fight over to the death,â€ wrote Mason Bartelt, a seventh-grader in Foothills Academy College Preparatory in Scottsdale.
â€œDear Aliens, I am one of the people on Earth. First, I am sorry to call you Aliens. I know you may have a name, but on earth that is what we call strangers to our planet. I would like to tell you that our planet is so beautiful with blue oceans and blue sky. Also, the humans on Earth are strange. They have a lot of ideas; some are crazy, comical, serious and sensitive. If you come to Earth I am sure that you would like it. Another thing I would like to tell you is how people have changed the Earth. Some people think that we have destroyed it and others think that we have made it better. Both ideas might be right. I think we have destroyed it because we made a lot of wars. On the other hand, I think we have made it better because we made some forest preserves to protect it from any danger. Changing things for the better is a good idea. Donâ€™t you think so?â€ asked Qabas Jalil, a ninth-grader from Washington High School in Phoenix.
â€œOn behalf of all humanity I welcome you to Earth. As you can see our planet is teaming with life. Curiosity and skepticism is quite literally in our logical nature, as I am sure it is the same with your kind as well. The human race is thought, according to many religions, to be created by one divine entity using his own image. With you standing here today, it shows all of us that we are not alone in the universe and that our species is just one of many in the vast uncharted wilderness we call space,â€ wrote Allison LaMountain, an 11th-grader from Primavera Online High School in Chandler.
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