a reply to: apoc36
I think what I think because in nature I've seen that the more intelligent things are, the more they vary on an individual level. In addition, those
who vary towards compassion are rarely if ever the ones in power, throughout nature it's often the individuals who are both power hungry and capable
that acquire the power positions. As species develop more ability to do nothing and play, they seem to gravitate towards that. Humans being a prime
example of that. Most invention is based on the principle of making things easier.
As we develop more and more, the more people seek leisure and play. Meanwhile we sit around being ruled by the worst of us, because the best of us
don't have the aggressiveness necessary to fight our predatory elites. Meanwhile the majority of us spend our days at play, and work. Our elites
keep us working just enough we have little time to do more than work and play, this way we don't rebel as a whole. We keep being given new toys,
Evolutionarily we advance more by technology now more than anything, we have no major ecological pressures, so I see no reason why we would mentally
change too much from who we are now, no matter how much tech we get, unless we genetically alter ourselves. We will without interference remain a
varied species, where the extremes remain rare, with the compassionate doing nice things, while the power hungry rule, and the majority just kinda
I see no reason why any other species would do too much differently once it hits our tech level and progresses beyond it. There's no reason a
sentient species would all funnel towards a specific nature. The reason we are how we are is because we're sentient, and thus heavily varied
mentally. Extremes should be rare in humans or others, with most falling towards a rather slothful existence where possible with self entertainment
as the typical daily goal.
I don't believe aliens are like outsiders in D&D where they're all one alignment, which is what the "Space Brothers" of peace and love requires.
It requires a species which has lost all individuality, as well as an odd jump and shift from how nature and sentience seems to progress to something
I think that aliens would be people, not exactly like us of course, but certainly not as far apart from us as many people's hopeful thinking
requires. They would be varied, not just between the different species, but within their own as well. This isn't a fantasy game with fantasy races,
it's reality, there's very little reason for a species to have advanced without being varied and adaptable. The reason sentients are so varied, is
adaptability, therefore, the more intelligent, and more adaptable we become, the more varied, not less varied we should be intellectually and
Therefore, if there are aliens, they are intellectually varied, their personalities are different on individual levels, and therefore an entire
species or galactic society of "space brothers" of peace and love is inconsistent with what it means to be a sentient species who's evolved in an
adaptive enough way to advance to the point of becoming space faring in the first place.
Nice people, who do right by others, and have no need, drive or desire for personal leisure or comfort, nor drive to hold power or sway over others do
not advance, they have no reason to, they'd live as one with each other and their environment they'd never progress. Therefore I see no reason a
species would have what it takes to progress then miraculously suddenly switch gears to become something completely different and become an entire
species of hippies.