posted on Nov, 5 2008 @ 03:10 PM
Human beings have, for the most part, obviously decided that we are the pinnacle of evolution or creation, depending on which we believe in. We are
the smartest, the best, the only ones with a soul/spirt, the only ones with language, the only ones who change the environment to suit themselves
instead of adapting to it. As far as life on this planet is concerned, there's no question that we think we're the best.
However, when considering our position compared to potential life on other planets, we seem to take the opposite view. Yes, there are a few
books/shows which have portrayed humanity as unique or really cool, and some abduction theories included the idea that they want us because we are
really special (and presumably they don't mean special like kids who ride the short bus).
I have, however, more often seen comments like the following:
"The aliens haven't found us yet. If they had there'd be warning buoys all around the planet."
"If ET is hanging around watching us, why haven't they blown us up yet?"
"Why would any advanced species want to hang around this backwater dump of a violence-ridden excuse for a planet?"
It seems that, like a jealousy-ridden second child, we have decided that if we can't be the best, we're going to be the worst! This is just another
kind of arrogance. We can be the best, or the worst, or just really "special," but God (or the Universe?) forbid that we should be average!
Where do we get off thinking that we must be either so good or so bad? What arrogance!
When and where did we prove that ideals and values aligned with peace, light, love and harmony are a side effect of advanced technology? I missed the
memo. I personally find it just as likely that some race like the Aan (Alan Dean Foster), the Romulans (Star Trek), the Slitheen (Dr. Who), or the
Hivers (Anne McCaffrey), could have the advanced technology to reach us without having a least hint of compassion, love, integrity ... or the decency
to view us as anything other than food!
I doubt that we are the best species in the universe (unless we're actually the only one) but I also seriously doubt that we're the worst. The
aliens who find us may have nothing more valuable to offer us than advanced technology, and in my opinion it is far more likely that most races will
be better than us in some respects and worse than us in other respects, than that some wonderful awe-inspiring shining race is going to see us through
sad and pity-full eyes as the cockroaches of the universe (but with potential, of course!) and try to "save" us.
Come on folks, let's knock it off with both the arrogance and the reverse arrogance. Most likely we aren't the best or the worst. As much as we'll
probably hate it, we'll likely fall out somewhere in the middle. Within normal limits, about average, and all that....
Entry in the 2080 edition of the Universe Common Dictionary:
Humanity: A warm-blooded Simian species native to Earth, the third planet in the Sol system of the Milky Way. Moderately intelligent, some creativity,
normally curious, mildly aggressive with a hostility potential of 6 on the Argleblaffer scale. Adult height range 5 - 8 ULU, average weight 45 - 95
GWU. Primarily noteworthy for the astonishing variety and complexity of an auditory art form called "Music."