reply to post by Aim64C
There are a few things that come to mind reading this that I wish to share...
It is wrong to assign human emotional attributes to any alien life forms. Negative or positive. That is to say, even thinking of them as malevolent or
benevolent, either one, could be entirely inappropriate. Our very understanding of morality and "right and wrong" could be a uniquely human attribute,
not shared by any visitors we might entertain.
IE an alien might, for example, save your life one minute, and then kill you the next, simply because each act was the most expedient option available
at each given moment. There are countless variations of this that might apply. So, trying to understand them in these terms is, to me, a lost cause.
Until we meet them, we just won't know what to expect.
Another factor, I think, is an abstract of cost/benefit analysis - how hard it is for ET to get here... how much they have to expend in the process.
This, I think, is just basic logic. Resources, be it materials or just time, are limited for, I would think, all species. Therefore the expenditure of
those resources has to be considered in the decision of how to utilize them.
And frankly the "human zoo" idea doesn't work for me... We spam the universe with signals already. ET could sit in his living room to study our
sociology. He can even get our DNA from television broadcasts. Moreover, if he wanted to speak to us, the same thing applies. He could just send us
back a message over the same frequencies that we use. For my money this implies that if he does come here, there has to be a more compelling reason
than simple education.
Part of our humanity is that we'd brave the coldness of space simply to validate ourselves... to see an alien life form and to know, for certain and
finally, that we are not alone. We have a need to believe that even if we should perish, life will prevail. Let us hope that ET shares this quirk with
his human cousins.
edit on 2/28/11 by Hefficide because: typo