posted on Nov, 25 2010 @ 11:06 PM
I've attempted several ways to write this and I think the following is the best.
In Star Trek, there is a Prime Directive. Star Fleet's General Order Number One. It forbids Starfleet from interfering with pre-warp civilizations
even to the point of not allowing a pre-warp civilization to know that extra planetary civilizations existed.
I've actually seen this used, on ATS, as a defense for Aliens not letting themselves be known.
Crop Circles, livestock mutilation, abductions, UFO's, USO's, Area 51, Rendlesham Forest, Project Blue Book, SETI, The Mexican Air Force encounter,
One way or another, if they're out there, we're going to find them.... eventually. And They haven't exactly made themselves the stuff of myth.
There seems to be JUST ENOUGH information to keep us looking but not enough to confirm their existence. That, my friend, is a damned hard balance to
So why? It's bait. Not all bait is used to capture or kill. Some bait is used to assist. Could they be baiting us into space to join them?
Leading us to the potential? Keeping our eyes to the heavens and our minds set to the goal of reaching them indefinitely?
It's anyone's guess. Star Trek is fiction. This date, this time, this world, is not. Eventually, our sun will die. Nothing on this planet will
survive unless we develop the technology to either create another sun, reactivate our old one, or find a way to leave so that the expanding surface of
the sun (as it cools) doesn't annihilate the population with the planet.
I don't think they're benevolent, though. I can assume that travel between the stars isn't instantaneous no matter how fast your craft can go.
Given that we've detected no life in our own solar system and the extreme distance to the next, I can assume that there are either colony ships that
allows for the procreation of the race, or they have extremely long life spans. Either way, they've had the ability to observe and interact with us.
They've not interacted on a meaningful level.
As such, they've kind of just sat and watch us do horrible things to ourselves. One catastrophe after another we've inflicted on ourselves and our
world. We can't prevent the destruction of nature. We can do small things to shield ourselves. But why would they just sit and watch, if they are
our friends and wish us happy tidings?
They aren't. If they are neutral observers, we'll wipe ourselves out before they interfere. Which to me is as good as if they were enemies. ANd
they aren't enemies because we don't have any interest in warfare with them, nor the capability to wage that war.
I'm left with a single option given that they aren't just observing, enemies, friends, or protected by the prime directive.
They are using us. Look at it from an objective point of view. If you had half a million tons of rock sitting outside your door and knew that
SOMEWHERE in it, you'd find a single ton of Gold, you might just take a pickaxe and start whacking away. But what if you had ten-thousand monkeys
already on the property that would do the work for you? Add that to the fact that these monkeys had learned to sift other valuables from the rubble
other than gold, had learned to refine the gold they did obtain, and placed it all nice-and-neat-like for you in a central vault?
We refine everything from earth to air. But we rarely let anything of high value leave our atmosphere. So long as we're kept on this planet, it
stands to reason that the wealth will simply collect on the surface. That's just the material aspect. What if you simply waited and those monkeys
went into the next-door-neighbor's yard to start with another half-million ton of rock? Eventually, those monkeys would refine everything close to
We haven't started on the moon or Mars yet, but that's because we haven't reached a technological level to make it a reasonable endeavor.
While you wait, there's some questions about the Universe. Let those monkeys do the work. Then get the brightest of them, assemble them all in one
place and let them build a machine that can replicate something like, I don't know... the Big Bang. A venture too risky for our Alien friends, I
think, but one that can be allowed on a dead-water planet in the middle of nowhere. They might be letting it happen for the scientific value, perhaps
just for entertainment, or perhaps they're helping us develop the technology to join them. IF they've observed us for any length of time, they'll
know that we are territorial, hostile, and bent on dominance over our world and each other. What's to spare them? The hope that we'll evolve into
something more 'open'? Doubtful. The duality of humankind is hardwired into each of us. We create, we destroy. But we make excellent puppets.
Just some food for thought.