DEAD AIR
by  Joanne Tolson

Our communications systems should be good for finding others.

     When John the Revelator had his vision two thousand years ago, perhaps what he was seeing in his vision was television. What we watch today is a vision like that. Somehow he was able to see what our future world would be like.

     We spend money with the SETI program sending out radio signals into the cosmos trying to contact aliens. It takes millions of light years for those signals beamed into outer space to travel among the stars to distant worlds. We do not have a clue as to whether life exists on them or if it is intelligent enough to translate our broadcasts. But as the saying goes, “Hope springs eternal in the breast of man,” and I am not sure who said that.

     If, indeed, an alien culture has the technology to re-broadcast our signals and translate them, perhaps in a million light years they would reach our planet. The aliens would probably find long dead civilizations here on Earth. But, basically, if it takes a million light years for signals beamed from Earth to reach another planet, it takes the same amount of time for signals to bounce back in curved space and travel to Earth. So if we are sending signals out into outer space we are receiving the same signals back from other galaxies sizzling with radiation and newborn stars too.

     Perhaps this explains why John the Revelator had visions of our future. He was seeing and he was hearing the voices of a distant future world broadcast from the future United States of America, which did not exist in his time. None of these countries did.

     Well, there are so many frequencies crossing over that you can hear police band broadcasts over the car radio, headsets, telephone lines if the wires are crossed in the right way.

     Perhaps this means outer space is truly curved, and that’s who we’re getting a busy signal from the Universe or God for that matter. It’s a signal none the less by which we can measure the dimensions of our universe and determine its size.

     Summing this up, John the Revelator was watching television way back two thousand years before we ever thought of it.

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