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Originally posted by tyranny22
I afraid you are correct.
Our species is thousands of years away from "disclosure". I say "disclosure" rather than "contact" because so many fantastic things have already come from reverse engineering that it's practically inconceivable that we've not already made "contact" - whether intentional or not - with an extraterrestrial species.
Mankind cannot sort out it's differences amongst themselves - how could any species exploring the universe expect us to cooperate in a peaceful manner with their kind?
As human beings we strive for success, but not for the benefit of our species ... for the benefit of greed. Power and control rule this world and will continue to do so for centuries more. I wish I could say that it'll be sooner ... but, it won't. Mankind is in need of a major wake-up call regarding it's priorities. And if this wake-up call came right now in the form of first contact ... mankind would surely unite in the form of aggression towards an unknown enemy from above. Of course this unison would only last for a couple of years before each nation began to turn on one another.
Disclosure takes time. Thousands of years for a species to accept. Once mankind begins exploring beyond our solar system ... our species will begin to be humbled by how insignificant we really are in the galactic spectrum and eventually will accept that we are not the pinnacle of evolution. Expect "contact" from another species then and only then.