INHO, the U.N. 'anointed one' is among the worst of possible choices. Instead, I propose the following:
Let the People of Earth Decide... It should be not one individual, but a team of a dozen or so that can represent a broad spectrum of humanity. They
should be well-prepared and well-versed, and be vetted, intuitive, bi-directional communicators of exceptional character, integrity, and intelligence.
For this profoundly momentous occasion, we have no choice but to put our best, most carefully selected forward. To do otherwise would be
unfortunate, inefficient, and counterproductive.
There should be a friendly, but comprehensive competition among those that consider themselves worthy of this magnanimous task and duty.
A period of time, say one year, should be given so that ALL of humanity can weigh in and collectively decide upon the criteria for selection. ALL
persons, regardless of race, rank, economic position, nationality, or religious affiliation should be given the opportunity to provide input and
feedback on what is important to them and what they consider important to this planet that we all share together. Subsequently, a pre-ordained
supranationalistic organization will then collaborate to determine the aggregate needs and desires of all, which will then be used as a basic
foundation to prepare to select the contact team.
Ideally, the selection criteria for the team would include adequate representation from all religions, animists, atheists, agnostics, and monotheists
alike. It would include a balance in genders, social scales, political persuasions, and academic backgrounds. We would need to make sure that team
members have no hidden agendas or ulterior motives, that they understand their responsibility is to represent us as a species, and that their mission,
to a great extent, must be to obtain (but not attempt to independently decipher) as much information about the alien species as is possible, and
especially, to communicate back to the rest of us exactly what the intent and purpose of the alien species may be. As in selecting the original
contact team, we should ALL have a say in how we may respond or react (if given the privilege to do so).
I realize many responses here have been made with tongue-in-cheek, cavalier mind-set. That's fine - a sense of humor is as important to humanity as
other idiosyncrasies. Likewise, I don't think that S. Hawking, Stan Friedman, Kate Upton, De Grassi, or any of the others are very good choices -
mostly because I don't think a majority of humans would agree that they should be on the team. Celebrity, fame, social (or even scientific)
exclusivity may not make the best representatives of the rest of us.
Instead, I would suggest that "the people" would prefer among rather unknown, but highly respected and responsible clergy, educators, farmers,
sociologists, doctors, environmentalists, artists, scientists, and similar thinkers and doers that are also exceptional listeners and
Then let's invite an equal team of alien representatives to meet in a mutually-conducive, symbiotic setting away from military, government, and,
especially, media to see why they are here, what they want, what we can learn from them, and if they will help evolve us toward a brighter future for
humankind and perhaps invite us to join them among the stars and the rest of the galactic community.
May the truth be known and shared among all...
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