Originally posted by FOXMULDER147
If aliens are from a civilization that is much older and more developed than ours then perhaps they have managed to organize themselves to such an
extent that war and hostility no longer exists for them.
I would highly doubt it. I would imagine they still have conflict - but why blow each other up when you can just go someplace else just as easily and
with about the same amount of energy/time invested?
From a logical standpoint - using explosives here to remove problems is far more efficient than our methods of traveling away from the planet. With
sufficient technology - it would be more time and energy than it was worth to fight over resources.
Although there may be some limited resources or things to fight over... or just principles. In either case - I doubt they are not strangers to war
and conflict. There are no natural examples of anything that exists without it.
It could be that they haven't used weapons for thousands of years. Maybe they no longer have any weapons, period. I believe the more
spiritually evolved a species gets, the less likely it will be reliant on arms to settle differences.
While I would like to agree - I again doubt it. Even if we were to 'evolve' to a point where we were like little drone worker-bees, there are other
things that would certainly -not- be 'evolved' to the point of being the drones of a hive-mind (or other hive-minds that don't care much for ours)
and present a threat.
However, I would imagine anything used to initiate 'FTL' would be fairly powerful... opening up a 'sub-space rift' (or whatever they use) on a
planet's surface, on another ship, etc is probably sufficiently destructive to dispatch most threats. So - they may not develop weapons, per-se, but
they probably have a way of using many of their various tools and devices in the capacity of a weapon.
Maybe we have got the whole thing wrong... maybe aliens won't visit because they are scared of US...?
I wouldn't rule it out. We went from being ignorant of the electron to smashing particles together at nearly the speed of light in about a hundred
to a hundred and fifty years, depending upon when you start the clock of the 'modern' era.
Even if you subscribe to the opinion that the ancients had knowledge of highly advanced technological processes, I would have to wager that they
didn't understand them so much as they stumbled upon them, or were shown and trained in them. When that was diluted and lost in our society - it was
But everything we have now - we developed. We may not completely understand all of it - but we understand enough to be able to predict how things
will behave and guide our efforts accordingly. We are a different animal than what we were a thousand years ago (although the unilateral changes that
have occurred are certainly curious and an interesting concept of evolution/micro-evolution).
We -lost- a lot of our mysterious methods of building things. While we may not be able to replicate those methods today - I didn't see the ancients
running around with vaccines and computers, either. We're on our own two legs and going strong (whether we were in the past, or not).
I don't think it's that we present a threat, now... but that we could adapt far more rapidly to them than they could to us. Whether they have
hostile intentions or not - if we perceived them as a threat, we could potentially develop the technology to attack or defend against them far more
rapidly than they could react to our own advancement.
Who knows how long these races have been around - our written documentation goes back only a few thousand years at the most. Dinosaurs existed
millions of years ago, and there's nothing that would have prevented advanced species from developing anywhere along our planet's biological
history. When you start factoring in other planets and the potential they hold (fewer mass extinctions, more competitive environments, etc) - a
species that is a billion years old is not really all that far of a stretch (or a range of species evolved from a billion-year old common
We may be accomplishing in a single generation what took them hundreds, maybe even thousands of generations to develop.
Just because they can fly through space doesn't really mean they are intellectually superior, or even technologically superior. Perhaps they have
simply trial-and-errored their way to the technology they have today without nearly the focus we place on science and the ability to predict
I'm sure there are plenty on ATS that will insist they do know about aliens - but, really - we tend to hunger for answers far too much - to the point
we will accept anything over mystery.