Thursday, July 19, 2012

The House on Jupiter

Jupiter, Solar System 2135
It's been 3 years since the first settlers started setting up settlements on this largest planet of them all.
Everything was going exactly as planned and an entire city was already operational. The houses and buildings were constructed of ultra light titanium
There wasn't much going on to speak of aside for one perplexing phenomenon that had everyone a little spooked.
Just a few weeks after moving in, a few boys decided to take a stroll outside the settlement perimeters. After a few hours of uneventful walking, they were stopped cold by the sound of what appeared to be banging and human groaning. They came back and told everyone what they had heard. People began sneaking over there to hear for themselves in droves and soon everyone had their own theory as to the source of those sounds. A few months later a group of scientists were sent from earth to investigate.
They scoffed at the locals and said that there were no such things as mysteries and everything could be understood. They followed the source of the sounds carefully behind some giant rock formations and stumbled upon a house. It was a simple white single dwelling wood siding earth home and looked ridiculously out of place on the chalky surface of Jupiter. The scientists had no way to get into the house. The doors wouldnt budge and the windows were boarded.  The mystery only deepened as people would congregate on a daily basis and stand in awe and veneration in front of the mystery house with the strange knocking and groaning much to the chagrin of the scientists.
Finally after a few months one of the scientists managed to fashion a makeshift key out of some odds and ends. Excitement gripped the entire planet. The scientists set up a press conference where they announced that they were on the threshold of removing this mystery for once and for all.  Everyone would finally know what exactly is causing these noises.
They then proceeded to open the lock and slowly enter. They were completely taken aback by what they saw but at least they knew. They came back out and announced their findings to the waiting masses. The chief scientist approached the microphone and said "today is a great day for Jupiter, we are pulling away the veil of superstition and replacing it with knowledge. We have discovered that the noises  coming from this house are being made by Abraham Lincoln who is sitting in a rocking chair in the living room banging a light saber into the wall. You can all go home now empowered by this newfound knowledge."
And with that the residents of Jupiter returned to their space homes more confused than ever.


Blogger Pragmatician said...

ok, I started out thinking git was a plot line fro terra nova or star trek, but reading further down I started to think it's for the twilight zone. So which one is it?

July 23, 2012 10:35 AM  
Anonymous David said...

It's a critique of modern science

July 25, 2012 9:19 PM  
Anonymous David said...

More specifically the propensity to minimize the awe and mystery of nature when they figure out how something works. As if the fact that the components even exist somehow shouldn't elicit the scale of wonderment.

July 25, 2012 9:21 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

That makes a lot of sense, however for non believers I guess it's a form of "victory".

We know better naturally.

July 26, 2012 9:48 AM  

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