Painting by Muriel Massin

Finding microorganisms on some other planet won’t be any great revelation, and it won’t change anything about our own lives. It will just indicate that we have developed the ability to detect what we already know is there. Humanity’s preoccupation with finding “alien” life is to me a defense mechanism: a form of avoidance that lets us focus on something other than the mess we are making of the web of life on our own planet. Let’s focus our energies on