a reply to: Thecakeisalie
Some food for thought:
WHO is it exactly that is making this critique of humans?
Is it by another intelligent species from another world? - No.
Is it by another intelligent species right here on our own world? - No.
It is humans giving humans a critique on how we are doing.
Which, when you think about it, is meaningless in many ways.
We assume what the future should be. We assume what another advanced intelligent species would think or how they would view us. We assume a LOT of
things, without actually knowing.
We can compare ourselves to our past. But how do we compare ourselves to other civilizations out in the galaxy......when we have no clue about
Again, it's all assumptions made by us. We set the standard of what we think is out there, and then put ourselves up against that measuring
stick......when in fact, the measuring stick is completely made up by us in the first place!
It's like a huge business is accused of breaking the law, and they decided to do their own internal investigation, and no outside party is involved
who can be a bit more objective in said investigation.
The fact is: we simply do not know what is out there. We only have what WE HUMANS think should be out there and then we stack ourselves up against
that very thing we HUMANS have imagined.
For all we know, the most advanced races out there that have interstellar travel are aggressive as hell. They may even be xenophobic (that would be
bad, very bad, for us).
I know a lot of people that think by the time a species has discovered interstellar travel, that they must be this all peaceful, non-violent types,
but think again: that is something WE humans are thinking.
And, we have the ability to reach the closest stars within a single generation......right now. Have we cured hate, war and aggression?
No, we've not.
We simply will not know how we stack up for real until contact is made, either because they came here (que Darth Vader's theme as storm troopers
march down the ramps), or once we get out there and find them.