Worldly Encounters: Helping Them Get Us

The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?

Helping them understand human nature, that’s a good question and not an easy answer. Since we don’t know if they are dangerous, I would give the alien’s something that would make them empathize with us. In my opinion, these 3 would help the alien’s see our deep emotion and give them a picture of how manic, and debilitated we are as people…

The movie: East of Eden, By John Steinbeck

J. Harris and J. Dean/image:
J. Harris and J. Dean/image:

because it’s about rejection, acceptance, and forgiveness, and was fleshed out so beautifully by James Dean, Raymond Massey, and Julie Harris!!!! Also with, the very important writer Steinbeck at the helm, and director Elia Kazan. The cast hired for this film were all relevant and popular in 1954 when this movie came out. And captured the nuances of the time (the 50’s) even though this was a period piece from the early 1900’s. With fire power like that it was hard to get this wrong, except for the hairdo’s!!! It would help the aliens to understand our very quirky foibles of character and hypocrisy in our humanity, without too much raw violence and profanity.


The Song: If It’s Magic, by Stevie Wonder,

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Songs In The Key Of Life/image:

this man is a genius and his music reflected his understanding of humanity in those days, and God in most of his songs on that album, The Songs In The Key Of Life, 1976. This is still my favorite album and one of many favorite songs on the album. Because the lyrics in this specific song are beautiful and speak to things that are important to us as humans. Stevie sings a poem, with just the harp accompanying him, so brilliant…

If it’s Magic, then why can’t it be everlasting?

Like making sure we dress in style,

posing pictures with a smile,

keeping danger from a child.

The Book: The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett,

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The Secret Garden/image:

this 1910 book is a fun book to read and would help them understand a lot about our selfishness, fear, and final redemption. Without it being to complex and confusing and give them a happy ending. Something they would need if visiting among us for long. ~ Musings&Rants

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