posted on Jan, 22 2007 @ 08:15 PM
Originally posted by intrepid
I do too, for their own good. We've harnessed(lol) the smallest molecular levels of existence and what did we do with them? DESTRUCTION.
If I was a forward on the alien level, like a scout in the US west 200 years ago, my report would be, "Avoid this planet, they are as dangerous to us
as they are to themselves."
I think it is more of our human arrogance to believe that we are the only planet that has struggled with nuclear weapons. This is not attacking
intrepid, because many have made this claim. Self-hating humans are perhaps the highest of xenophobes; they are the ones who will wallow while the
rest of us move towards the stars--faults and all. We will be the ones welcoming other peoples as brothers, not running from this as if they were our
There are those who assume that humans are the only race having trouble with nuclear weapons. I have two points to make: 1) we've had the power of
the atom for 60 years and used it twice
. How many other races got to the point where they discovered nuclear weapons and totally destroyed
themselves at the outset? And 2) how many other races have had to struggle with the ethical choices of nuclear (and worse!) weapons? Somehow they
made it into space.
I'm not making excuses; humans have done some horrible things. But our greatest capacity is our ability to change and adapt. We have changed and
adapted to this threat, and in my opinion we have done so with deliberate caution. We are going through growing pains that most likely every race in
the cosmos has gone through.
Remember that our race is dealing with the impulses of survival--the very same that every other race probably needed in order to have the will to
survive to this point. It is therefore likely that any race we meet will have gone through the same difficulties. They most likely understand what
we are going through better than we do.
Don't hate our race so much that you deny us the ability to grow and through conversation and struggle slough off the sins of our youth. Instead,
use the anger at our past to embrace the possibilities of the future. We are a young race, to be sure, one very flawed but with indomitable spirit.
[edit on 1/22/2007 by Togetic]