reply to post by Republican08
Very interesting OP, and you made an excellent point.
Many humans often behave no different to animals in hunting packs acting on instinct alone - gang culture being the obvious similarity.
Natural selection and survival of the fittest applies to almost everything, unfortunately even for young girls walking the streets late at night or
even in the daytime.
Religious people daren't admit that humans don't behave very much different to animal species a lot of the time.
If only everybody would realise that we aren't as special as humans all once thought, and considered just how large the universe is in comparison to
planet earth. When you look at distant galaxies.... how many races have existed in the past 10 billion years? What we see is how the galaxy was
billions of years ago, and we are essentially looking at civilisations that existed millions of eons ago! I cannot comprehend what feeling I would
have seeing the earth from space, and how putting these realisations of how small we are into a real-life perspective would create enormous
I ask myself if everybody made these same realisations and stopped with petty arguments over who is right and wrong, and realised that they are
responsible for their actions even without a god to punish them, then the world would transform into a place that aliens would like to visit.
As well as technological developments, as a race, we will have to learn how to behave more responsibly to each other in order for us to be accepted as
a worthwhile species to be associated with. I don't see spiritual enlightenment in religion, I only see narrow inward looking views there. For us
to evolve spiritually, and survive as a species we need more critical-based thinking and scientific knowledge based learning.
The key problems to overcome are ensuring the technology is developed and put into good use in order for humanity to survive to the end of the 21st
century and beyond, ensuring this doesn't get misused leading to nuclear or bio/chemical wars, and for us to accept our place in the universe humbly
& modestly, whilst still having pride in our achievements Rather than who can shout the loudest about his/her opinions, and without seeing any need
for a creator to watch over us. Because we have not shown ourselves worthy or special enough to require an all powerful observer.
I would hope the other races at least within our own galaxy who have reached a space-faring level of technology can overcome these problems that we
are faced with, and their own unique issues, as it leaves very little in terms of optimism should survival of the fittest-based wars be univerally
prevalent. Extremely advanced races wouldn't have to desire to become involved in petty arguments and wars, much in the same way we don't involve
ourselves in the ants fight against the worms for its food. Hoping we don't get in the way of advanced aliens, from how we treat inferior creatures.
Although many races we see as advanced compared to us, and are possibly able to colonise the galaxy may not have evolved far enough to shed these bad
I often wonder how many species in the 14 billion age of the universe, (and possibly in previous and future universe's in the multiverse that may
have existed), have reached as far as we have, and survived far beyond our current levels of development both technologically and evolutionary or
spiritually. Do most races destroy themselves.... are we just another one of the failed races that don't reach a "Type 1" level civilisation?
Would the majority of space-faring races pay any attention to our primitive by comparison "Type 0" civilisation? Will humanity be one of a minority
in a few billion years who become, what humans once would have described as gods?
Or, will we destroy ourselves in a most spectacular fashion, that even in this universe of natural selection and survival of the fittest, we will
prove ourselves to be even lesser of a species than we can even comprehend at this moment in time?
Personally, I hope we can as a species buck up our ideas, and reach our next level of development in one piece, because at the moment, whether we want
to admit it or not.... we are only taking baby steps trying to survive, and bad choices can be just as fatal as a predatory race seeing us as
[edit on 19-8-2009 by john124]