I believe that the physical universe is kind of a school for our souls, spirits, beings, whatever you want to call them. It's a small part of the
much wider range of life. (the nonphysical realms) It operates in cycles, both small and large, with each new cycle offering the potential for
ascension or descension, depending on the choices made and actions taken.
So...what if the other hypothetical planets with intelligent life operate in a similar way to Earth -- in cycles -- with each cycle ending in a mass
extinction, or something of that sort. Most civilizations would be wiped out and started anew before interstellar space travel could be accomplished,
with the inhabitants of each new civilization getting a little further in technological advancements than the last cycle's inhabitants. This would
continue until the inhabitants/humans/other random 'alien' intelligent species (from here on referred to as INHABS) fully awoke to the reality of
life and the universe (that we are multi-dimensional beings having a physical experience), in which case they would 'ascend'. (i don't mean to
heaven or something with religious connotations, just ascend to a higher frequency out of the 3D universe) So in this theory, that would normally
happen before getting to the point of reaching a level of technology capable of ISST. (which would, in theory, take an extremely long time comprised
of many many cycles)
But, what if a certain planet's inhabs took exceptionally long to get to that point of spiritual advancement, for whatever reason (focusing on
technology too much, versus a spiritual understanding of themselves and life?), and kept cycling over and over, with each cycle's inhabs becoming
more and more technologically advanced? Perhaps THEY would then be able to achieve interstellar travel at some point in some cycle, since they're
obviously not focusing on advancement in a spiritual way, but rather in a technological way.
This theory would require a very high percentage of 'alien' civilizations to reach a level of spiritual advancement, hence the "where are they"
phenomenon -- they just aren't there. They didn't choose to stick around in physical existence long enough to worry about interstellar space travel.
Why would one do so once you've realized that you don't need a ship to go to other energy systems -- all you need is your mind, or awareness, or
'soul', whatever you want to call it -- train it to be able to do so, and go where ever you want.
So if this is how it is -- which who knows, it's just my theory -- then I guess it would be a great sign -- that such a small percentage of alien
civilizations take the technological advancement route instead of the spiritual advancement route. Because if it was the other way around, then we'd
obviously be seeing some of them.
Who knows...fun thread; I didn't get to read all the pages of replies, but just wanted to get my opinion out there. This is my second post, thanks
for reading it whoever got this far.