If I had to choose just three images to communicate something about our current state of humanity to an extraterrestrial being, I would choose the following:
This first image an illustration by an artist named Steve Cutts. I chose this image because I find that it very appropriately demonstrates the addiction that people have to their cell phones today. In this image, the figures appear like zombies that are being brainwashed by whatever they are seeing in their cell phones. It’s important to note that they aren’t using their phones to communicate with others, and they each seem to be in their own personal bubble. The world around them is blazing red, alluding to perhaps the end of civilization, or some sort of alternate universe. After a very contentious election and the inauguration of our most unpopular president, hindsight has taught us about the very damaging effects of the rampant fake news sources, found on social media today. This has resulted in a society unable to critically think for themselves. I wouldn’t expect an extraterrestrial being to understand all of that from looking at this image, however, it does clearly depict a dysfunctional society.
I chose this next image because this is the man that has just been sworn in as our new leader, despite his many flaws. There is a crowd behind him. A few can be spotted holding signs, and strangely enough, they all appear to be stunned or uninspired. The well-dressed man is yelling into a microphone, his mouth is wide open, and his hands are in motion. Perhaps an extraterrestrial being would be able to deduct this strange being as our leader, especially when compared to all three images. He is the only one sticking out like a sore thumb.
This last image is one of my favorites that I came across from this past weekend’s worldwide Women’s March in protest to our new administration. I participated in this global march myself in NYC, and I have plenty of my own images, but this one stood out to me. Most Alaskans for one, voted for our new leader. This image however, shares with the viewer a group of beings of various ages, that seem to be removed from the rest of the local population. They are dressed in thick colorful clothing, covered from head to toe, to protect themselves from the harsh, but beautiful white snowy environment. They are holding signs and appear unified and intent on getting some sort of message conveyed. Whether an extraterrestrial being would be able to read our English language or not, I believe this image sends a powerful message of unity and resistance.