posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 10:09 PM
I supposed the first person I'd talk to would be a psychiatrist, just in case I was losing it.
But seriously, I might consider not mentioning it to anyone, depending on the situation. If I had an alien that needed some sort of medical help, of
course I'd have to find a doctor for it (or maybe a veterinarian). Or I'd have to bring the alien to a doctor or hospital or whatever.
But if it was, say, just some alien sitting in my living room talking to me, I would seriously consider keeping it to myself and not telling anyone.
Despite the alien representing a major moment in the history of mankind, I would have little to gain. I would inevitably face ridicule from the
hardcore non-believers, who would make their judgement without examining the facts. That ridicule would be balanced by the adoration of the True
Believers, who would also make their judgement without examining the facts.
In the meantime, I can just about guarantee I'd be subjected to some intense, possibly brutal interrogation by the authorities, eager to either
disprove my find or take over control of it. They could, and most likely would, subject me to a gag order forbidding me to ever discuss what I saw or
heard or otherwise learned. In the interests of "national security", of course.
Media scum would be camping on my doorstep, eager to get me to speak. I doubt most of them would be receptive to hearing the truth, but would prefer
to make me look like some kind of UFO crackpot.
I could see where it might be hard to keep or find jobs, at least for a while, because I'd be that nut who thought he had an alien in his living
room. Never mind that the alien is still in my living room, the notoriety would likely cause hardship.
Besides all that, I wonder how the authorities would treat the alien - friend or foe? Welcome ambassador from the stars, or illegal alien who must be
deported. Or dissected. Would the alien be considered a potential source of deadly diseases against which human bodies have no resistance? If so,
it and I would both likely be quarantined, if not incinerated.
So really my question would be, what's in it for me, to tell someone about the alien? How can I benefit? Chances are, it would be way more trouble
than it was worth. I might get a little ego boost from my fifteen minutes of fame, but that would be an expensive boost as I sweated out
interrogations and unwanted publicity. Let someone else have the credit and leave me out.