Thirty years ago, the first probe came from outer space.
The international scientific community became enamored with it. It contained a host of different plant material.
Alien symbols adorn the inside of the probe, but more prominently was this specific symbol, they called it: The Symbol.
They studied the different plant material, and through them discovered new ways on improving existing agriculture on Earth. Soon, world-hunger was almost wiped-out.
Better nutrition from this new hybrid plants improved the lives of humans.
Twenty-three years ago, a larger probe came.
It crash landed, almost completely destroyed. They recovered it and inside was an alien life form. It was dead by the time they arrived, probably died while still in space.
Saddened by the death of a would-be teacher, they treated his death as a sacrifice especially since through studying the body, they discovered advancement in medicine.
Quality of life of humans was increased furthermore. Deadly diseases and viruses were easily dispatched and those once thought of as death sentence was reduced to treatable problems.
Prominently displayed in the broken pod was The Symbol.
Twenty years ago, a new advancement is discovered.
Though studying the broken probe, the scientists were able to replicate some of the alien’s technology, the advancement it produced propelled the human race to a new era of clean energy,
the lack of weapons system on the probe convinced us that they are peaceful and throughout the probe The Symbol was displayed.
The great scientific minds of the time interpreted this symbol as “peace” and for years to come this Symbol became the symbol for peace and goodwill, everyone carried it with them,
printed on shirts, posted on walls and some tattooed on their skin. This symbol became the banner for brotherhood and love.
Through The Symbol and the advancement it brought, International conflicts were quelled, weapons of war were rendered useless and the people of Earth knew peace.
Four days ago, a large ship was discovered outside the earth’s atmosphere. The structure and build of the ship looked like those of the probe; we decided to send it a message.
We sent out The Symbol. Within hours the aliens answered back with The Symbol and provided us with coordinates to a location on earth. They will land.
The news of the benevolent aliens landing on earth excited millions; this is their chance to meet face-to-face with their benefactors.
Millions of people traveled to the location and they all carried or wore the symbol, all are excited to show their guests their appreciation for their help.
Shirts, headbands, banners, tattoos, everyone in attendance had the symbol.
All the vehicles and structures sport the symbol in gaudy colors and large prints; they wanted to show the aliens that they will arrive on a peaceful and thankful planet.
Today, a new discovery was made.
They landed and it happened all so fast.
We just learned that The Symbol did not mean “Peace”.
The Symbol meant “Edible”.