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COLONIZATION!


If you and I were coming upon another planet that we wished to colonize, just what would we look for?

You know, if you and I were space travelers coming upon another planet that we wished to colonize, I think it fair to assume that we would pick a spot on it kinda like the one we left back home. Perhaps a spot by the seashore.  Maybe a quiet nook by a lake or river. Yes, those would be nice. That’s where we’d feel most comfortable.  Most at home.  A fish does love its water.  A frog its lily pad.

Now, lets assume that we are other-world space travelers, a people of harsh, mountain-top dwellers — highlanders –coming upon Planet Earth.  I believe that we would look for a place here on Earth which was kinda like the place we left.  Somewhere up high, cold, thin-aired and dry.  And if there were some constantly blowing, bone-chilling winds like the ones back home, well, we’d just about have it made.

Well, guess what? There just happens to be a spot here on Earth which would warm our highland hearts and fill our basic needs precisely.  It’s some fourteen thousand feet high up in the Andes.  Cold.  Thin-aired.  Dry. Windy.  You know, it’s funny, but way the heck up there and some fifteen thousand years ago, some very strange things took place.  Monumental gateways, colossal walls, massive temples, huge enigmatic statues, and an entire city were built.  All with precisely fitting, mammoth rock and stone slabs.  These rock and stone slabs — some weighing up to a hundred tons — were moved there from two hundred miles away!  Without wheels!

This spot is called Tiahuanaco.  It is one spot here on Earth which is filled with unimaginable mystery and unanswered questions.  Oh, by the way, an interesting fact about Tiahuanaco is that thousands of human heads have been found there…in a curiously shrunken condition.  And severed human skulls, polished like ivory, were used for drinking cups…just thought you’ like to know….

Now, getting back to our premise…if we were a people of  desert-dwellers — lowlanders — coming upon Planet Earth, we certainly would like if we could find a place here…kinda like the one we left back home.  A low desert.  Somewhere dry.  Hot.  Arid.  Sandy.  And if there just happened to be some constantly blowing, sand-filled winds like the ones back home, well, again, we’d just about have it made.

And, guess what?! There just happens to be another spot here on Earth which would warm our lowland hearts and fill our needs, again, precisely!  It’s barely above sea level.  Hot.  Dry.  Arid.  Sandy.  And, at times, sandstorms so huge and fierce….

And would you believe,here too! , huge, mammoth, impossible-to-move, rock and stone slabs weighing up to fifty tones, were, indeed, moved!  From six hundred miles away! Without wheels!!  Then, they were stacked up in neat little piles called — pyramids!!  This place is called Egypt…one other spot here on Earth filled with unimaginable mystery and unanswered questions.

Isn’t that strange…the two places on Earth that are the most filled with unimaginable mystery and unanswered questions are the two places on Earth that most nearly resemble the highlands and the lowlands of –MARS!!

Thank you for reading this. Come back again.

Sam Harrison

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  • nowimnothing

    Tiahuanaco that you mentioned is in western Bolivia, South America right? Well, about 4,500 Miles to the South West in the Pacific Ocean is Easter Island. Do some quick google searching and wikipedia on the history of these two places and the similarities are striking. Perhaps you should add Easter Island to your mystery, Sam?