If you follow science news, you regularly see reports on scientists who are looking for proof of the existence of extraterrestial life. The latest story is a report on the examination of geological formations on Mars. Scientists are finding minerals and geological formations at one particular Martian site that are very similar to minerals and geological formations found at a site on Earth that contains evidence of life forms that existed 3.5 billion years ago. The similarity of the sites causes scientists to believe that the same kinds of life forms may have existed on Mars billions of years ago.
With the development of increasingly refined extraterrestrial telescopes, other forms of radiation detection and imaging technology, highly sophisticated exploration satellites, and robotic equipment that can land on other planets and conduct experiments, we are moving slowly but steadily closer to finding conclusive proof of past or present extraterrestial life. It may be in the form of fossils found on some now-desolate planet, or the identification actual living creatures that live in the liquid seas found on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, or in some other form — but the day of that ultimate discovery seems to be drawing nearer.
The question to ponder is, how will mankind react to such a discovery? Will it affect religious doctrine and philosphical discourse? Will it cause people to realize that the differences between peoples of different countries are not so great after all? Or will people who are otherwise absorbed in their daily lives even care?