One of the most interesting theories about life on earth involves the notion that it exists in conditions in which conventional wisdom says it shouldn’t. Carl Wirson of the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution wrote in a 1991 paper:
In 1991, scientists aboard the submersible Alvin were in the right spot at the right time to witness something extraordinary. They had sailed into the aftermath of a very recent volcanic eruption on the seafloor and found themselves in a virtual blizzard.
They were densely surrounded by flocs of white debris, composed of sulfur and microbes, which drifted more than 30 meters above the ocean bottom. The seafloor was coated with a 10-centimeter-thick layer of the same white material.
This vast volume of microbes did not come from the ocean. The eruption had flushed it out from beneath the seafloor.
The discovery was transforming. It strongly suggested that previously unimagined and potentially huge communities of microbial life were thriving in the dark, increasingly hot, oxygen-depleted rocky cracks and crannies below the ocean bottom. An abundance of life apparently flourished in conditions we had considered too extreme. It shattered our narrow preconceptions and stretched our view of the places and circumstances that can harbor life.
The importance of this theory of evolution is that humans and other species may have actually come from bacteria and other life forms which came from inside the earth and developed there. Conventional wisdom has always held that life has evolved on the surface of the earth. To take this one step further, all planets may hold, in their core, the ingredients for life as we have on Earth. Once you get deep inside a planet and beyond the crust, there is a possibility that a substantial majority of planets may have the potential to have life spring out of them just as may have happened on Earth.
There is potential in our earth and there is also vast potential inside of you. Planets like Mars and others, which we believe have barren surfaces devoid of life, may have beneath them bacteria and other things that can support life. When you get beneath the surface, there is often a lot more there than meets the eye. This is the way it is with the job market as well. Many people pick up one newspaper, or look at one job board, or talk to one recruiter and conclude there there are no opportunities in the job market. They start to believe the market is so bad that there are no possibilities for them. They apply for unemployment or bemoan the current state of things in the market. It’s when you penetrate the surface and begin to go deeper and deeper, however, that you start to see possibilities you didn’t realize were there.
When you’re looking for a job, you need to go deep and look beneath the surface. You should be looking at jobs on every job board, every employer website, and everywhere you possibly can. You need to go beneath the surface and find where life and the opportunities are. This is the way to really get ahead. You cannot just accept what appears to be true. When the job landscape looks barren, you need to go beneath the surface and find where life is and where the opportunities are.
The discovery that life itself may actually have come from within the earth strongly suggests that that there is life inside other planets, if not on them. The bacteria that are believed to thrive in extreme conditions in the bottom of the ocean, deep inside boiling vents, are a class of species known as extremophiles. There are extremeophiles that live inside ice, live in rocks, and live in other conditions which are extremely inhospitable to life as we know it.
What makes extremophiles so important to science is they may even be able to survive for long periods of time in deep space. In addition to bacteria found in black smokers (oceanic volcanic vents), these extremophiles have even been found in semi-dormant states inside ice cores over a mile-deep beneath Antarctica. Endolithic bacteria have been found inside rocks in subterranean lakes. Tarigrades bacteria can survive the vacuum of space. Some recent experiments suggest if bacteria were sheltered from space radiation, they could survive dormant inside a thick meteoroid for millions of years. In an incredible example:
On April 20, 1967, the unmanned lunar lander Surveyor 3 landed near Oceanus Procellarum on the surface of the moon. One of the things aboard was a television camera. Two-and-a-half years later, on November 20, 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan L. Bean recovered the camera. When NASA scientists examined it back on Earth they were surprised to find specimens of Streptococcus mitis that were still alive. Because of the precautions the astronauts had taken, NASA could be sure that the germs were inside the camera when it was retrieved, so they must have been there before the Surveyor 3 was launched. These bacteria had survived for 31 months in the vacuum of the moon’s atmosphere. http://www.panspermia.org/bacteria.htm
All of this suggests life exists where we don’t necessarily believe it’s capable of existing. Even the inside of a rock may contain life. So, when you’re looking for a job, you need to keep asking questions. Don’t just accept the idea that there may not be opportunities in certain places. You need to look as hard as you can for the opportunities and life that exists in the market. Opportunity exists where you least expect it.
An interesting theory called panspermia states that seeds of life already exist all over the universe and that life on Earth may have originated through these seeds. Additionally, it states that these seeds may deliver or may have delivered life to other habitable bodies. The late Noble Prize winner Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel, proposed the theory of directed panspermia. Under this hypothesis, life on Earth may have been purposely spread by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization. According to Crick, small grains containing DNA fired randomly in all directions would be a very cost-effective strategy for seeding life at a compatible planet at some time in the future. Such a strategy could have been pursued by a civilization facing catastrophic annihilation or hoping to terraform planets for later colonization.
Our sun is one of 400 billion stars in our galaxy, which is one of 100 billion galaxies that we know of. The chance there isn’t life on other planets would be very, very difficult to accept. However, what is even more difficult to accept is how our search for life on other planets has proceeded throughout history:
We have spent billions of dollars and done incredible things with our search for life; however, what is most interesting to me is that in all of these things we have just scratched the surface. The trip to the moon and the Viking I Mars Lunar Lander were some of the greatest national and world events of their time. We went to space and spent billions of dollars, but all we did was scratch the surface. Incredible efforts were made to find life and explore, but all we have ever done is scratch the surface. Life may very well exist in these places, but the life would likely be beneath the surface and not on top of it.
Most people assume life must exist on planets like our own. According to a 2007 paper by University of Florida astronomers: “With powerful instruments scouring the heavens, astronomers have found more than 240 planets in the past two decades, none likely to support Earth-like life.” (http://news.ufl.edu/2007/12/20/et-observers/) This means that it’s unlikely there are planets nearby like our own. However, we continue to look for patterns which are familiar and planets that have similar atmospheres to ours.
What does the exploration for life on other planets, extremeophiles, and panspermia have to do with your job search? Everything! In space exploration and the search for life on other planets, we’ve confined our search primarily to what we understand. We assume that signs of intelligent life must be on the surface. However, it may be beneath the surface where all of the activity and life actually exists. Think of all we’ve put forth through telescopes and all the other efforts that have gone into studying the universe. We have done all of this when we don’t even understand the life that exists inside our own planet, beneath the surface. There’s likely life on other planets, even ones close by, but this life is almost certainly beneath the surface.
You won’t find opportunities and you won’t find jobs unless you allow yourself to go beneath the surface and find these opportunities. Everything you need and desire is out there, but you need to look beyond (or in this case beneath) the obvious to find it. People who achieve the greatest results in their job searches always go beneath the surface.
There is vast potential beneath the surface of each individual person and it’s the same with the job market. Many people fail in their job search because they only pursue one tactic, find nothing, and conclude there are no jobs available. When looking for a job, you need to go deep beneath the surface, and exhaust every job board, employer website, and other possible avenue in order to get ahead.
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