posted on Oct, 27 2008 @ 03:39 PM
Just my perspective:
There are lots of reasons to fear:
No matter how much we want to believe these beings are friendly, we don't know for 100% certain that they are. Some may be and some may not be.
If they are unfriendly, there is just about zip we can do about it.
They may not be 'unfriendly' in the traditional sense but may not consider us fully sentient because of their high degree of advancement; they may
have a different definition of sentience than we do. Which means we might be interesting scientific subjects, cute pets, or even food to them. This
doesn't make them hostile, any more than we are hostile to, say, beef cattle or laboratory rats. We tend them carefully and meet their survival
needs, maybe even make pets of them - until it's time to eat them or experiment on them, that is.
Whatever happens, even in a positive exchange, we are likely to feel completely helpless and at their mercy. Being at the mercy of a complete unknown
is a very frightening experience, but it is a natural reaction. Fear is to be expected at first contact for any being with emotions. I do not think
any benign aliens are waiting for us to lose our fear.
I think what a benign alien would want to see before disclosure would be a tendency to think rationally and hold intelligent discourse in spite
of our fear, withholding instant judgment and violent reaction until a basis can be established for trust.
So the question is this: can your ability to reason outweigh your fear?
Because until that can happen they probably won't want to disclose themselves. Except a few of them who are maybe not so benign.
[edit on 27-10-2008 by OuttaHere]