In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Simply the Best.”
“The NASA Voyager spacecraft is scheduled for launch on August 1st, 7.05 a.m. I want the recommendation on my desk ASAP !” my boss reminded me, as we walked into the office.
Ever since, NASA rolled out the ‘ Hello Aliens, Gift from Earth !’ contest, my inbox has been overflowing with emails.
People from all walks of life, from places far and wide are sending entries day and night. NASA has decided that Voyager spacecraft will have on board items that represent modern human culture- a glimpse of human world for aliens. The contest invites suggestions from people all over the world.
Not everyone at NASA is a space scientist 🙂 .
Someone has to sit at her desk, go through thousands of emails and select the item. IMPORTANT, BACK-BREAKING,BORING task !!!!
While slowly going through the sea of emails, I found gadgets- mobiles, tablets, phablets, X box, robots to be the popular choice. Even I was convinced that these electronic devices represent our modern human culture. They are a part of our everyday life. Imagine spending a day without any of them !
Then suddenly, I saw a mail with an awkward suggestion. It was from a kindergarten teacher. She had sent a photo album with pictures of children happily playing, a group of kids hugging a tree and many more similar pictures.
It was accompanied by a little note- “These children have no prejudice. They do not judge others by the color of their skin or by the language they speak. They share the same love and respect for mother Earth. They are our future. They represent our culture-the culture we adults have forgotten. What do we want the aliens to think of us – robot like creatures without emotions, full of bitterness or creatures with hope, living in harmony ?“
Without further ado, I knew what my recommendation would be – the photo album sent by the kindergarten teacher, of course.