Fermi’s Paradox

  • Album: 50/90 2015
  • Track: 35
  • Year: 2015
  • Title: Fermi’s Paradox
  • Album Artist: Mr. Beany’s Bitty Band
  • Composer: Lewis H. Redner (1831–1908)
  • Poet: S.W. Black

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Lyrics

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O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent \set associatedVoice = altos stars go by; \unset associatedVoice
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in \set associatedVoice = altos thee tonight.

The problem with Fermi’s Paradox is related to how we’re grown.
Evolution found a niche, and it is one that hits close to home.
We’re evolved to lie and steal, to cheat and harm ourselves.
Humanity would have been better off as loving wolves.

We can’t run very fast, but we can carry your stuff while we go.
Our face very expressive, in anger a smile can show.
We lie with our clothes. Our estrus gives no outward sign.
Fathers deceived, our speech further spins such deceptive lines.

Daytime TV, it does showcase mankind being mean to man.
Recognizing and enhancing these things improves your life span.
Evolution didn’t stop, when our world, it was won.
We turned our gaze next door and evolved to defeat their sons.

The implications here could be profound to say the least.
The event stopping contact is that we are naught but beasts.
Intelligent life like us would be inwardly drawn.
Wars and division likely until they see their last dawn.

Our only hope for survival is in seeing brains at home.
We have intelligence here, in our own little biome.
Perhaps with some uplift, we could lend our kin a hand.
Then we might not destroy that which we can not understand.

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