Message to Earthlings. . . by Grahame Wilson
MY NAME is Karlem Vontaxia and I'm the head of foreign communications
here on Voltom. Voltom is not far from your planet, only about 50 million
light years in your measurements.
Later we detected pictures that you were transmitting, and more and more
moving pictures that showed us that you seemed very keen on injuring,
even destroying, each other. We are amazed at how much energy you expend
on designing and building strange and complicated machines to destroy
each other even faster.
As millions of people are destroyed, there is greater interest in competitions, nearly always depending on moving balls around - large soft balls kicked with the feet, small soft balls bounced over nets, small hard balls thrown at someone holding a piece of wood, and tiny hard balls hit by a long thin club at a small hole in the distance.
We don't understand why competitions are so important. You transmit moving
pictures of them to millions, who are happy to stay home and spend a large
part of their lives watching them. Sometimes the pictures are of people
being injured, even destroyed, which you seem to find entertaining.
We have observed very grand buildings in some parts of your world where
men, who usually wear long robes, make very long speeches and people listen
carefully and give them many gifts, which you call money. The grand buildings
and the long robes are often different, but nearly always these money
gifts are handed over. This means that the buildings can become more and
more beautiful and more and more men can wear the rich, long robes.
We have great trouble understanding just what this guidance is.
Copyright... Grahame Wilson