posted on Nov, 10 2006 @ 07:16 PM
Hello, hilroy, and welcome to ATS.
That is a very good question indeed. I tend to agree with you that we are not ready. Asking it in this forum, I'm sure there are many who will say
that they are, mainly because they have considered it as they've read the hundreds of threads here and elsewhere. But, I still think it's a good
question here, simply because those same members can now turn their attention on humanity at large and determine what the impact would be on them.
The first to be impacted would be governments, who for so many centuries have had to contend only with other governments on Earth, but now must
consider how they should react to an alien race.
Second would be corporations, for if the alien culture was more advanced, they would be scrambling to keep some semblance of 'market share' when
everyone wants the products that the aliens may be willing to provide.
As for individuals, well...I can only speak for myself, but I knbow my little world view would be dramatically altered.
And, lastly, on religions... I don't belong to any one of them, so I'll leave that for those who do.