a reply to: jrflipjr
I think we are being prepped in a reverse psychology sort of way.
The #1 question relating to life in the universe is how would that knowledge impact society in Earth. There, imo, is no possible way one could
predict how we would react.
The next best thing is long term acceptance. With the uptick in media taking this topic seriously, the governments constant denial of knowing
anything about ET, the advances we are making technology wise, religion discussing and accepting ET is out there is the proverbial match to the
What we see now are people not believing the government on this topic. Eventually, and we are seeing it now, citizens will start to demand
information be released.
The answer to the question of how we would react is the people demanding the governments come clean. Once that hits critical mass, it could be safe to
assume that we are ready for ET contact for the governments perspective.
Going back to the 1940's to the present you can see a pattern in the evolution of ET presentation and acceptance, especially in movies and TV. As
years went by we went from the classic ET is evil, to the Apollo moon missions and what occurred during them, to star trek, starwars, V, the move
Contact, the X files, the massive uptick in planet detection to the point of actually knowing an extra solar planet has a moon, the Mars missions,
Space shuttle, ISS, more and more countries launching satellites and probes, etc etc etc.
Once the religious groups, like the Vatican, got involved in the ET discussion it, imo, represented one of the top issues of the question of how
contact would affect us. The religion question has always been the most difficult part of the answer because of the possibility the existence of ET
would contradict religious doctrine.
The Catholic Church was able to defend doctrine while at the same time breaking it. They did this by pointing out the Bible and its teachings only
applied to Earth. It would not be a contradiction to doctrine because God made humans / animals / life on this planet, so its entirely likely he did
the same on other planets as well.
To clarify I know people are not religious and are not catholic. With that said the major religions have millions of followers so the religion angle
is critical, even though it does not apply to everyone.
* - The Government accepts the possibility of life in the universe.
* - The world religions accept the possibility of life in the universe.
* - The scientists accept the possibility of life in the universe.
You have the big 3 who are now on the same page, so to speak.
The inevitable answer will come next.
"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying." .
- Arthur C. Clarke