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Originally posted by Tephra
My biggest issue with the whole idea of an alien race being malicious is that, in order for an intelligent species to progress to cross solar system travel, they have to first be able to get past killing each other. I highly question that a species that can progress past their home world would be violent. It's possible, just highly unprobable.
Originally posted by RSF77
I don't think extraterrestrials would be out to get us simply because they have already had plenty of time and prime opportunity to take us out if they wanted. If advanced ET civilizations had intended to destroy us, we would already be dead. A few anal probes doesn't necessarily mean they are out to get us, just performing scientific inquiries. We do this with all other species around us, it doesn't mean we are out to rid the world of jellyfish.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
Regardless of what can come from the stars to strike at us, what can fall from the sky with tails of fire, and smash the Earth asunder, no matter what dangers lurk in the endless depth of space, the biggest threat to humanity, is our own inhumanity. No other threat compares to that. We poison our own environment, experiment on our own people, cull species from the face of the planet that have been here for millions of years , we murder , rape and torture, and make war on our own. In a choice between cosmic oblivion, and the prolonged suicide of the human race by its own indifference to suffering, I would rather die with my hands at the throat of some space alien, than have to fight my fellow man, knowing that in killing my opponent I would be destroying myself.
Is there any evidence that any of these motives are actually operating? None at all. Even in the simple matter of physical approach to human beings, the behavior of UFOs is above all contradictory; they seem to display a mixture of caution and curiosity. A landed UFO takes off when witnesses approach; airborne UFOs evade pursuit. Yet what can their repeated following of cars, airplanes, and other vehicles mean if it does not mean curiosity?
If both parts of the caution-curiosity complex do exist in these visitors' minds, it is not impossible to imagine an explanation. No one knows for a fact what the occupants of any UFO are really like - their physical structure, and especially what sense organs they have. If their "eyes" are sensitive to other regions of the electromagnetic spectrum than ours, for example, or if their "ears" pick up subsonic or supersonic sound waves, as ours cannot, then what they "see" and "hear" about us, our artifacts, and our civilization may be incomprehensible to them, and alarming. Even if they supplement their natural senses with instruments, as we do, their interpretation of the instrument readings might not make sense to them. In that case the extra-terrestrials, despite their visits and their observation, may still be as baffled about our behavior and motives as we continue to be about theirs.
Reports of airline and private pilots encountering UFOs have continued in 1968. On July 8, the pilot and passengers of a Cessna 172 Skyhawk were approached by a UFO over Warren, Ohio about 10:20 p.m. Two brothers, Richard and Ken Montgomery, with Elizabeth Soverns and Rosalind Rians as passengers, were flying at about 4,000 feet over Warren; Richard Montgomery was at the controls.
"I noticed an object coming toward us from the direction of Youngstown to the southeast," he related. "I swung over... to get a closer look when the object headed directly toward our airplane. It stopped and hung motionless in the air... momentarily, and as our aircraft came closer, it moved swiftly upward and came back at us from another angle."
Montgomery said the UFO appeared metallic and had a light beaming from its underside. He estimated it was from six to ten feet in diameter and from 16 to 20 feet tall.
The pilot maneuvered the plane several times, but the object kept following at a distance of from 150 to 200 yards. Then the UFO "suddenly sped in an easterly direction at amazing speed and was quickly out of sight."
During this encounter, control tower operators at Youngstown Municipal Airport received calls from area residents concerning "a `dogfight' between two aircraft in the skies over. . . Warren."