posted on May, 9 2009 @ 09:00 AM
Those tribemen, while contemplating the character of the 'visitors', were slaughtered or wiped out by disease. Their culture, language and a large
part of their personal (and communal) identity was banned or lost.
Ultimatly, it came down to one thing: Assimilate and die or die or slavery..
Not just those peoples of the Americas...you can copy and paste the same story and have the same basic story of any x.tech>y.tech
Is this what is to happen if we were to make some kind of substantial contact? Regardless of who holds the role of technological master, is this the
way it is to be on a planetary scale?
I don't know. I have my own thoughts, but I could never predict it; neither could anyone else.
We could argue that the history of our species --how x.tech>y.tech always leads to cruel exploitation at the very best-- paints a bleak future for
whoever comes out on the 'less than'.
Or maybe by the time a species finds itself reaching out to other, less advanced, worlds it has, neccesarily, found a way past such a mindset.
Or maybe that terrible greed and eagerness to subjegate others will have never entered the minds of those who reach out and find.
My point is: If you are going to attempt and demystify an event which could lead literally anywhere (mundane interaction, inquisitive exploration,
tyrannical lording, exploitation, murder, utopia, etc...) for literally everyone...
...then maybe it shouldn't start with: "Gee, will they have all the answers or just deeper ways to ponder them?"
Or to assume that any being we may come into contact with will be anything like "[a being] just like us".
[edit on 5/9/0909 by spines]