reply to post by DJKris
I did tend to focus on the negative aspects of it.
The flip-side can be even more weird.
Perhaps they regard us as a sort of god-species. I could list a few reasons why - but the why won't exactly change the result. Perhaps we are
multi-dimensional beings, or a 'symbiotic' entity comprised of an extra-dimensional factor (a 'soul' - if you will), and they are not. Perhaps
they have somehow developed the ability to travel through space in practical lengths of time, but are absolutely flabbergasted by cellular phones and
Or it could be as simple as they find us to be pleasing to look at, if not physically stimulating and the idea of cross-species relations is perfectly
acceptable to them, and they just want to be the knights in shining armor and exploit the Kirk-factor.
Even then - I'm limited in my thinking by my own human experiences. I'm presuming some rather anatomically and behaviorally similar species, here.
God only knows what sentient jellyfish would rescue us for.... Or... some kind of crystalline or energy being that we would have to first come to
recognize as being alive...
And perhaps that's the biggest reason we don't see aliens - we simply don't know what's alive and what isn't.
Let's say, hypothetically, we are like micro-organisms living inside of a larger organism. Pulsars, quasars, and other massive eruptions of energy
that spew across the cosmos are actually part of a much larger process that serves to communicate and function as sentience.
That's a very far stretch - but you see where I'm getting at... alien life could be all around us, and we regard it as nothing more than a regular
phenomena. And it might explain why we don't get many hails from alleged aliens... why would you try to talk to a stalactite formation or a
But this is starting to go way off track.
They're aliens... another critter that can think. I wouldn't openly trust them any more openly than I trust the tiger at the zoo, or the stranger
standing next to me in the elevator. I always have nice chats with strangers, and make them into people who are less estranged - and I also enjoy
watching and interacting with various animals. In the case of smart critters (people) - they can have agendas that harm you. In the case of animals
- they can freak out and eat you, or just play a bit too hard.
Placing too much faith in them simply because they have technology we have not yet developed is pretty silly. By the same token - being too paranoid
and distrusting doesn't really do anyone any good. We need to take a step back and be logical about it and appreciate the aliens for what they are
rather than attempt to deify and/or demonize them.