My Books & Writings

You might have heard about the Sentinelese people of north Sentinel island. Anthropologists are of the opinion that the Sentinelese have been isolated approximately since last 60000 years. A young christian missionary got himself killed in 2018 while trying to declare Jesus to them. Why did the Sentinelese kill John? From Sentinelese context, probably he looked funny, sounded funny and was invading their space. One theory is John tried to speak to them in some tribal language. Well if they understood him, they could have killed him because he came to claim their territory for a foreign god. For us this is the closest reference to how we might have been like in stone age. You and I have come far away from that.

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Around 100 years ago we only knew of one galaxy, our Milkyway and that was our whole universe. The sun and the planets of our solar system seemed still too far away. Today the estimate is there are between 200 billion to 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. Now if you let these numbers sink in to your head, suddenly our sun and the planets of our little solar system seem like neighbors. With time human beings have always discovered new outer limits of distance, squeezing the last known outer limit. Something like starting with a dot and keep moving in larger and larger circles. If we ever encounter a creature from another world in next 100 or 1000 or 10000 years, our planet earth will seem like one entity without borders. Until then we can assume there will be divides. To a man of that time, the meaning of foreign will be totally different than ours. As it was for a man 100 or 1000 or 10000 years before us. Let’s keep this in mind and move ahead.

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