a reply to: EnigmaChaser
Personally I picture more advanced ET as mostly bored immortals (age wise) that spend their time in bored leisurely pursuits. They don't really wage
war with each other, since resource scarcity has become a thing of the past. Most of their issues are handled in competition be they sport, games or
debate. Serious issues like murder are handled by their justice system. As individuals they pursue what they desire to their hearts content. 9-5
jobs are gone, most things are automated or run by AI or biological machines.
Those that roam the galaxy do so out of boredom or scientific study. If they were to find a planet like ours, any number of things could happen.
They could turn us into some kind of reality show. They could study us, possibly influence social experiments. Some might decide to use us for
sport, playing a complex game of RISK using us as pieces in a complex war game. Others might find the idea of trolling the primitives and then
watching the outcome to see what happens.
They don't need slaves, they don't need resources, they don't need to eat us, and they don't need us as friends. They've conquered death by old age a
long time ago, and they don't have to worry about jobs anymore. The only thing we could possibly provide them is entertainment and study. There's no
reason for them to expose themselves to us as a whole, as doing so would limit our potential as a source of entertainment, and ruin the fun for way
too many of them. Letting us as a whole find undeniable proof of them could likewise result in ruining their fun.
Sure they might expose themselves to some people, as individuals or small groups, or maybe even some governments if it suits them, but the last thing
they'd want is a mass awakening. It serves no purpose for them and ruins everything.
When aliens do interact with us it could be for many reasons, some may simply desire to troll us, some may wish to study us, some may wish to use us
as play things, and some may actually care for the strange primitive beings and actually want to help us.
I picture them debating often on what is and is not acceptable with the primitives on the planet. Some are compassionate and argue that we are
sentient thinking beings and that some of the experiments and games played by others on the primitive populace is wrong, while others argue about
everything gained in the name of research, and others for keeping their citizens placated due to the unrest caused by too much boredom. Most
conflicts existing in the culture due to conflicts in entertainment pursuits as resources are no longer an issue. Most conflicts are over which
entertainments are acceptable and can be pursued and who can pursue which entertainments. Primitive planets being a limited resource, one of the few,
there is probably much conflict over who can play with it, and to what extent and for what purposes. I picture some people illegally messing with the
primitive populace without a permit, I picture whole entertainment industries with licenses exploiting various populations for reality tv. I picture
some entitled prestigious members using populations as chess pieces in games of war. I picture some abducting us and keeping as pets, or possibly
even novelties, or something to study.
I don't picture the cumbaya aliens, nor do I picture the invaders or people eating aliens. I don't picture conquerors seeking our lands, or to
enslave us. In a way what I picture is far worse. I picture us, bored, immortal, and with too much power.
The best part of this hypothesis is, it explains all the high strangeness of encounters, it explains the many and varied accounts, and it provides a
cautious outlook for anyone who may be lucky or unlucky enough to encounter them, as like us, you have no way of knowing the motivations of the
individual aliens you are encountering.
It also explains why we don't know about them as a whole, and why things might be being skewed in such a way we can't prove they are out there. If an
advanced species are actively thwarting us, there's not much we can do.
The downside is, it can only be a hypothesis as it's neither provable nor falsifiable.
edit on 9/27/2019 by Puppylove because: (no reason