Friday, 28 October 2016


Adzel finally drinks enough to get drunk. While his Buddhist principles do not prohibit alcohol, it is not a good idea for a Buddhist to drink a lot. Alcohol and meditation pull in opposite directions, like slimming and eating cream cakes. Although I have not formally adopted any Buddhist rules, I try to meditate regularly and have found that it is better not to drink as a rule although without any absolute prohibition.

How would Terrestrial religious rules apply to extraterrestrial organisms or vice versa? Alcohol does not affect Cynthians but Chee Lan smokes narcotic cigarettes. Adzel, while on Earth or in space, never has any problem with celibacy because he is not near Wodenite females during the rutting season.

I strongly suspect that human-alien interactions, if they ever happen, will not be remotely like anything imagined. Carl Sagan once said that we won't be able to go out into the galaxy and ask, "Are you fellows Prespetarians?"! We will be starting from scratch with no idea of what the rules are. See here.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

It is true we have no idea in of what non human rational beings are like or how they and humans would interact, I say Poul Anderson and Hal Clement gave us some good ideas on how that might turn out.