Creative Writing Prompt: Assume that the closest solar system is identical to ours in every which way. In the year 2050 you and a group of astronauts are sent off to visit its version of planet earth. Half ways there you are intercepted by a rocket ship that is a splitting image to your own. The vessel is even carrying the same number of passengers, all of whom look exactly like your own crew. As the Caption you open a channel to the other ship and are greeted by an alien who looks and behaves just like you! It is as though you are looking into a mirror. During your first few attempts at communication you both imitate each other. How would you go about speaking with this person, considering that they think exactly like you, and have acquired all the same experiences/memories as yourself? Before you give word to your plan of action, reflect deeply upon the following aphorism by Heraclitus: “Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing, for the known way is an impasse.” (Keep your response within 300 words)
Due to the nature of this sort of inquiry, it may be best to exclude my own response, at least for the time being, so as to avoid biasing your manner of address. Now on the other hand, should you conceive this situation as a conundrum without resolution, then some leniency on my part may help to extricate your mind from Lethe’s black abyss. That is to say if you are really stuck, then read on for additional perspective, if not, then stay on your own horse to run the course.
For those of you who are still with me in thought, let us turn our attention back upon the aforementioned aphorism: ‘Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing, for the known way is an impasse.’ How we typically relate with one another – the known way – will by no means help us with this quest. This basically means that we have to think outside of the box. So what must we do in order to seek the unforeseen; detect the unknown; locate the unanticipated. Ah ha, this is where intelligence takes the back seat while the imagination steps up to bat. Now you are primed and ready for battle! Grab on to a line of thought that is beyond your scope of understanding so as to swing into action. Don’t break a leg, as they say, but pierce through the surface layer of your mental confinement. “Fire penetrates the lump of myrrh, until the joining bodies die and rise again in smoke called incense.” – Heraclitus