Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm not sure if this has been posted before, so please bear with me.
I don't believe in alien abductions, crop circles, what have you, but, at least to me, science has made the universe vastly more boring than I would like to believe. For instance, the light-speed limit of moving objects. While sure, there are some vague theories of how it might be possible, it looks like nothing short of freezing you and shooting you into space. In essence, the best any of us will ever get of the "grandeurs" of space is hanging about a cramped ship for months, years, or more against a blank backdrop of stars moving with impossible slowness.
Forget about all the glorious nebulae that you see in hubble space telescopes. They're there alright, but you won't see them as much. They're not really that pretty, it's a time-lapse photograph.
But the point is, it's extremely unlikely you'll ever get off the earth, and if you do, the farthest you're going to go is Mars, which is essentially a boring version of earth.
Perhaps even funnier is the fate of the universe, that is, countless aeons of nothingness, everything growing colder, slower, and farther apart, until finally matter itself decays and then...well, and then nothing.
The worst for me, however, is the carbon-binding requirement of life. Life must use carbon, it might use silicon, but it's unlikely. Outside of those two elements, it doesn't seem that we'll ever encounter life that was born and bred in some more exotic stew. Sure, we might find some machine intelligence, but they've been assembled by carbon and/or maybe silicon life forms. Being such, they probably come from an environment not hugely unlike at least one of the ones found on earth. that being the case, it's pretty likely they're not really going to be anything special. They might have an extra arm or what have you, but really there's only so much variety we can conceive of. More and more, i think that our first message received will be "hey, does anyone have a cure for cancer yet?". They won't be spectacularly strange organisms flying about in faster-than-light spacecraft but rather lonely beings like ourselves, our only communication coming in hundred-year or more intervals as regulated by the iron fist of physics. Sigh.
If you agree with me, don't say so. I only want to hear from people who disagree with me, because I'm sick and tired of regarding the universe as so much of the same as around here.