a reply to: AnkhMorpork
The original OP statement is very repetitive with the same thought over and over and driven by the same narrow-minded focus from a typically human
view point. I suggest that the author stop trying to find new ways to show his frustration and come to better terms by entertaining the ET
I have found that it is nearly impossible for humans to distance themselves from their own feelings, culture and civilizations. I suggest that we
grab onto the position of the tried and true "Star Trek" mentality of about 200 years hence. That should offer more comfort and be acceptable to
current humans. According to the "Manifest Destiny" of the future called the "Prime Directive" on "Star Trek,"all life is sacred. War is a thing of
the past. Even with many hostile aliens out there, the "Enterprise" will not fire first, etc., etc. Compassion, assistance and understanding are the
major aspects of more mundane activities between the ship and visited planets.
Another key aspect of the "Prime Directive" is that encountered civilizations not up to par with the technology of the "Enterprise"are not to be
altered in their development if it can at all be prevented. They must be allowed to progress on their own.
The basic reason is to prevent a reliance upon the arrival of the futuristic folk in the "Enterprise." and worse, to prevent them being seen them as
saviors either technically or philosophically. The "Prime Directive" takes into account that each being/world individually, is unique and should work
through its own development in its own fashion if possible.
Given that the "Enterprise" acquired sensor readings to draw it to a planet in serious trouble of destroying its entire civilization via its own hand,
the star travelers would intercede in quiet ways to stop the carnage before it stopped. A sudden landing a "Disclosure" would not be the manner of
If that planet was Earth in its present state, and a ship appeared faithful to the "Prime Directive," then careful actions would be taken to change
and rectify the situation. There would be several avenues they could take, both general and surgical depending upon the stage of development. There
would be no sudden disclosure because of the social shocks that would be enormous. There would be quiet contact to the leaders. As for the general
populace, there would be the creation of a mythical "knowledge" of the visitors, but never anything concrete. The job of the actual disclosure (or
not)would be left to the leaders of Earth. If they chose to deny the sightings and existence of the aerial ship, so be it.
If the entire Earth was tottering on the cusp of war, perhaps a drastic measure would be implemented to demonstrate to the earthlings that they were
really not exactly in control of their own destiny.
The actual proof of that is the reports of former US Air Force officers and service people that the ICBM in silos have been deactivated as UFOs hung
overhead. There, a harmless example of the power of the visitors and the message that they wish to convey...in keeping with the script of a common TV