I have noticed here at ATS that there is a continuous debate as to whether aliens are good or evil. Now, my opinion has been stated profusely before
and will be stated again in this essay.
The mainstream Christian perspective on this issue is that if alien are existant at all, they are "evil." While I vehemently disagree with them on
this issue, they, like all persons, are entitled to their opinions.
While some here at ATS, try to spiritualize the whole issue, I personally think it is a physical issue. I never have bought into the whole idea that
aliens are angels or demons. I just never have. Why would either angels or demons have such a curiosity about the human anatomy? Do they not already
know all there is to know about the make-up of the human body? I'd venture to proclaim that they do.
Whatever/whoever the aliens are, they have a vital interest in not only our anatomy but our emotions... That's not something very many spiritual
entities would be too interested in, I wouldn't think.
Yet, it is a fact that aliens are interested in our anatomy and emotions.
One of the things that the alien phenomena has encourage is dialogue.
'the search for extraterrestrial life . . . offers a
not only for physical, biological
and social scientists, but also for
philosophers, [and] theologians . . . The effort
people from very different intellectual
traditions to talk to one
another, and may set the
stage for . . . the unification of knowledge.'
Now, granted, the dialogue hasn't always been equal or civil, at least people are talking. The only true path to knowledge is the path which man
walks down together.
However, some Christians have believed (and do
believe) that humans
are the only embodied
creatures in creation to be made in God's
And some atheists love to suggest (it is
rarely argued) that 'if and
when one ever detects evidence of an extraterrestrial intelligence . .
evidence will be inconsistent with the existence of
God or at
least organized religion.'
These two mindsets have always amused me. There realy should be an asterisk by the Christian assumption. Most Christians would say, "If there are
aliens, they are certainly evil."
Really, now? Based on what? Simple. The arrogance of man..
The atheist assumption that aliens would somehow "disprove" God or eradicate religion is so preposterous, I won't even address it.
It is only the arrogance of man that decrees "Only earthlings are worthy of the grace and goodness of God."
Our little blue marble has only existed in the universe for about 4.5 billion years. That's not even a blip on the cosmic radar screen. Yet, we have
this foolish, arrogant assumption that we are somehow "special." What are we special at? Well, we have certainly proven special at causing wars.
Killing the environment. Invading space. Living in ignorance. Hating our neighbors...Et cetera,et cetera. Are we "special" in the large scheme of
things. I think not. I think not.
While other civilizations are not inevitable, they are likely.
It is probable that there is life elsewhere in the universe and that some of that life is intelligent. There is a high mathematical probability
that among the trillions of stars in the billions of galaxies there are millions of planets in age and proximity to a star analogous to our Sun. The
chances seem very good that on some of those planets life has evolved. It is even highly probable that natural selection governs that evolution
(Dawkins). However, it is not inevitable that the results of that evolution would yield intelligence, much less intelligence equal or superior to
ours. It is possible that we are unique (Pinker 1997: 150 ff.).
The quoted article above discusses the issue, albeit skeptically, of alien abductions.... Now, almost all abductees report a profound interest in the
human anatomy and emotions. To me, this alone disqualifies any assertion that aliens are somehow spiritual entities. "That of the spirit is not
entwined with that of the flesh, so saith the Lord Thy God."
The "grays," as most aliens are known have several dilemmas in regards to their interaction with humanity.
The greys have several ongoing problems:
1.The need to increase their number as quickly as possible.
2.As their population increases, more support facilities are required and must be developed. This diverts needed resources from the effort of
obtaining self sufficiency. Also as more excursions are required to obtain the suitable containers, the likelihood that their purpose will be
discovered and coordinated native interdiction initiated increases. Also the sheer numbers required to continue the breeding operation mandates that
they seek hosts in more densely populated areas.
3.As the local military capabilities become more sophisticated it becomes increasing difficult to maintain covert activities.
4.The master race may arrive and intervene at any time.
5.The governments that are aware of their presence may discover the true purpose of their activity and attempt active intervention.
I suspect that part of their interest in our anatomy stems from our reproductive organs. Now, either these creatures have "evolved" to a state where
they no longer have such a system, or there is some sort of genetic defect that is rendering them incapable of having off-spring. Either situation
would be plausible reason for them to take active interest in out physical anatomy.
My whole point in all of this is relatively simple. Any discussion of the alien phenomena should first be based on the physical perspective. For our
physicalness is what sparks their interest in us. As with any physical system, you have both Good and Evil, so to say conclusively one way of the
other about these forms is rather a rush to judgment and foolhardiness.