The View from Above

Dear Friends,
What is it about leaving our ‘normal’ lives if only for a few days, that throws off the brain’s trajectory? The trajectory being any forward motion beyond a REM cycle. How different we are from one another, whether two streets or many countries apart. Yet despite distance, we constantly seek out similarities. We ache for common ground on which to rest our feet. Beyond grasping the universal necessities of breathing, drinking, eating, sleeping and reproducing, we are often perplexed. The bravest of us dive deep to skim emotional distances beyond invisible borders. But many of us are not brave. We take comfort in comfort’s sake. Our superficial observations block insight. Languages are walls of jumbled symbols. Unfamiliar comfort zones are not easily navigated.

I wonder – as I’m quite sure many of you do – what non-earthly sentient beings would deduce from our world, both past and present. Would they consider us intelligent, performance-driven, altruistic and neighborly?  Or looking down at Earth, would they believe us devoid of any compass, moral or otherwise? Lacking universal sameness, would these sentient beings comprehend our world? Would they conclude we live well together?

This outdoor sculpture stands behind Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island. As I took this photo, the sky bright all around, I contemplated what a non-earth entity would make of this particular subject, hence what they’d think of us earthlings…

statueThe little green visitor below would like to give us, ‘the benefit of the doubt.’

Cheesy Alien

Cheesy Alien

Thank you and goodnight. May you slumber deep and float upon sparkling space dust…
Alien Ragoo created July 22, 2014 with Prisma pencil while listening to Lincoln’s Biography.

8 thoughts on “The View from Above

  1. I often wonder what a set of objective eyes would think of us down here on planet Earth. Well put, AnnMarie. I love the photo — such an interesting subject/narrative — and of course your wonderful artwork — the little green visitor — is a perfect complement to that statue.


    • Hi there Debra-
      Great minds (or is it warped minds 😉 ) think alike!
      When I looked at that particular statue – I thought wow, what would those little green men think of us 🙂
      Thank you…
      AnnMarie 🙂
      Hope CDog is well along with the rest of your lovable menagerie 🙂


      • AnnMarie, C-Dog is doing better — but no more playing ball for long periods in the heat (and it’s supposed to finally get hot here in Indiana again soon). So glad you could get away for awhile. School will be starting soon, yes? I’m teaching 2 online classes this fall, so I get to stay home in my shorts and t-shirt, which I dearly love. 🙂


      • So glad C-Dog is feeling better. It was nice to get away if only for a short while 🙂 School begins after Labor Day, oh well 🙂 Online classes – not that sounds interesting!
        Are you anywhere near Crawfordsville? Way back when, I used to go on pressruns for Prentice Hall at RR Donnelly – a huge printer in Crawfordsville…


  2. I’ve had similar thoughts – just watched the Cosmos episode about the Voyager I spacecraft where people tried to encompass important information about Earth so that another species would have an idea of what life on Earth was like. Super interesting!


    • It’s all so very fascinating…
      Sounds like ‘Cosmos’ was a must see. It’s all so very humbling and mind-blowing at the same time.
      My mother-in-law lives in New Mexico and next year my daughter wants to do the whole ‘alien experience’ out there and sneak into Area 59… 😉
      AnnMarie 🙂


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