In the opening scene of the movie “Alien”, we see the crew of the space ship ‘Nostromo’ being awoken from their hyper-sleep . As readers who have seen the movie will know, the crew have been woken up by the computer ‘Mother’ and as the movie progresses, we discover the reason why they were awoken was because the ship had received a signal from an unknown extra-terrestrial source .
Unfortunately, for the crew this ends badly as they meet up with the reptile and only one of the crew escapes without meeting a nasty end . Having recently rewatched the movie, I have wondered whether it was a deliberate metaphor for mankind .
Here in Britain, we seem to be having a lot of WOW moments in the media during the Olympics . We were told that the lighting of the Cauldron at the Olympic Opening Ceremony would be a WOW moment and the organisers have said they are ‘Wowed’ by the number of people attending the Games . They also repeated they are ‘Wowed’ by the atmosphere within the Olympic Stadium .
The most famous ‘WOW Moment’ was the signal received by SETI (The Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) on Aug 15th 1977 and has become known as “The Wow! Signal” . The Wow! Signal was an unexplained signal, which may or may not have come from an extra-terrestrial origin .
From Wiki – The Wow! Signal :
The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University then located at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Perkins Observatory, Delaware, Ohio. The signal bore expected hallmarks of potential non-terrestrial and non-Solar System origin. It lasted for the full 72-second duration that Big Ear observed it, but has not been detected again. The signal has been the subject of significant media attention.
Amazed at how closely the signal matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal in the antenna used, Ehman circled the signal on the computer printout and wrote the comment "Wow!" on its side. This comment became the name of the signal .
Humanity needs a Wow signal as in “Alien”, without the monster . We have been in hyper-sleep for a long, long time and even though there are signs humanity is beginning to stir, the vast majority are still in the Land of Nod . I am encouraged by the numbers who are starting to see the dysfunction in the world but the solution is ultimately spiritual and we need to awaken to our true nature .
The thing about dreams is you don’t know you are asleep, until you wake up .