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Now think about how aliens must view us as. They would probably be like "Hey what's a 'gun'?" "Oh I did some research on their 'internet' and found out that a gun is used to shoot a small piece of metal fast enough to kill another human" "HOLY # LETS GET OUT OF HERE"
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Originally posted by detachedindividual
reply to post by Deus Ex Machina 42
I've often thought about this, and what I would say to my people if I were sending a report back to them.
My postcard back home would probably read as follows...
"Nonsensical lifeforms smother the planet. They have a monetary system that, when coupled with their concept of ownership, is wholly destructive and prevents them from evolving as a species. They ignore great scientific advances and opportunities unless there is a personal gain, instead choosing to use impractical, violent and poisonous methods, even when alternatives are obvious.
Money controls everything from migration to food supply, and many millions unable to fit into this machine are left to starve, are trapped in violence created by others or are left in sub-standard living conditions.
They've developed highly connected and efficient global communication and travel, but this is again built on money. So while they do have a truly global community, it is without equality and those with far less are simply ignored or even deliberately abused for further monetary gain by specific groups.
They have a hierarchy where a select few on each land mass controls the populace of said land, restricting their lives and demanding mass participation in the monetary system. They are closed groups, maintaining power through blood line with the assistance of wealth passed to their offspring. Education is limited and positions in society are bought through this educational system; one may be vastly intelligent, but unless they have the money to purchase recognition of this they remain in poverty or one of the masses to be controlled.
No land is free to aid personal survival or to allow provision of food for communities, instead it has been sequestered by the elite in control and then incorporated into the monetary system before being sold to others who then use the land to produce food to sell to the population.
Nothing escapes the monetary system, even the supply and use of water, the very building block of their existence, is controlled by the select few.
Wars are fought between nations (sections of land divided into communities with borders, encompassing differing beliefs and social structures) but again these are predominantly driven by the ideas of ownership, money and control. These wars are instigated by the leaders of each region, but are fought by their citizens, who again do so to be a part of the monetary machine and therefore fulfill their desires for ownership of land, property and access to food.
Religion plays a large part in their existence, but they are fractured beliefs. Surprisingly these beliefs primarily revolving around our last interaction with them. But, the history of our involvement prior to the last great cataclysm on Earth has been distorted and manipulated by those in power previously to better control the populace. They turned us into gods and myths to convince the people that there are great omnipotent beings to fear. They believe that they will face judgment from such beings unless they follow the rules and restrictions as laid out by those in power.
Evidently, I suppose they are receiving judgment.
There is much evidence of our ancestors on this planet and their involvement in assisting the Human race to survive our planets previous meeting, but they dismiss it as solely Human work. They understand that it is remarkable, but they have formed beliefs to explain away what we did here previously so that we do not exist in their history. Only now are they beginning to understand that our planet exists, and that we might meet again soon.
They might one day reach beyond the need for their monetary system, but this will require a great battle, one where the people rise to overthrow the leadership and install systems more conducive to Human existence.
I fear this will not happen before the next cataclysm, and only after a great number of their species have died.
My conclusion is that they require more monitoring. To better understand their capabilities and intent we must be cautious and study them. Each individual is primarily good, and each seems to understand the predicament they are collectively in, it is the leadership that should be restricted and monitored specifically, to ensure that they are not able to leave this planet and infect the universe.
We also have to be cautious of their technology, they are like children playing with dangerous machines. They use science (again to control, and to gain monetarily) without restraint and often to harm one another. They could very easily harm life beyond their planet within a few decades.
I would suggest that when our home world travels past this planet shortly, we refrain from making any contact with the species here again. While our planet and its close proximity will cause another great cataclysm on Earth, we should refrain from feeling any guilt and attempting to assist them again. They are now in a position to help themselves and understand the potential threat, and I feel that our involvement on this occasion would be damaging to us.
While they are calling out into space in search of others, their motives are not clear. And for that very reason we should not answer."
Wow, I think I have a book in me.
Anyone ever wonder what aliens view us like?