So, like many ATSers, I'm pretty big into UFOs and their possible connections to aliens. And I've been thinking lately about what the consequences
of contact with extraterrestrial life would be. This may also be reasons as to why we have not yet had disclosure (assuming there has been
There are two possible scenarios of contact with an advanced extraterrestrial race, assuming that they want to, in any way, maintain a relationship
with our civilization. If it's a quick meet-and-greet and we do not exchange technology and do not hear from them again, then these scenarios may not
Scenario One: Contact with a benign alien race.
If an alien race wanted to begin a relationship with our civilization, the effects on the human race would be vastly negative. Our cultures would
change forever, and the changes would more than likely be unwanted. Remember from history class, how the Europeans who traveled to North America
changed the Native American culture forever? The Europeans acted benignly toward a lot of Native Americans, yet they were still seen as the enemy.
This is because, with the coming of the Europeans, the Native American culture was being changed, and lost, in a negative way. Sure there were some
Native Americans who accepted the change, and even became the Europeans' allies, which is what would probably happen in the event of benign contact,
but the Native American culture, these days, is barely alive. The Native Americans themselves only make up a small portion of the population. This
being due to the fact that those not welcome to the change resisted, and, consequently, were annihilated. Which would also probably happen in the
event of benign contact.
Part of the cultural change was due to vastly superior technology. European technology was much more advanced than that of the Native Americans, and
this technological "upgrade" was definitely a factor in the diminishing NA culture. If we were to begin relations with a benign alien race, which
would most likely have superior technology (as, at the moment, we would be contacted, not doing the contacting.), their technology would devastate our
cultures, and change our world forever. For some, that would be a welcome change. But quite honestly, I myself am fairly satisfied with the simple
world we live in today.
In closing, to this scenario, it can only end badly for our culture. Contact would not be in the best interest of preserving the world, and everything
we know/love about it.
Scenario Two: Contact with a malevolent race.
This scenario is a little bit more plausible than the first, because, quite frankly, if there is a race more technologically advanced than ours, they
most likely won't be too friendly. And why should they be? They may not have morals like we do. They might think in a completely different way
(think: no emotions, kinda like Vulcans). If they have the technological ability to get out of their star system, they will more than likely be
hunting for new energy sources. On top of that, they may not want to deal with a race that has the possibility of giving them a fair fight in x amount
of years. Considering the fact that we, as a race, have not yet matured to the point of where we don't constantly kill each other, the aliens would
probably look down on us and wipe us out.
And they would have the technology to do so. Sorry to burst Hollywood's bubble of human pride, but
science fiction movies about us standing a chance against an alien invasion are just that: science fiction
Quite honestly, people, I do not believe that contact is in our best interest. However, since I'd love, just as much as anyone, to discover that
aliens exist (despite all that I've posted above), I am hoping someone will come into this thread with some different scenarios, and show me that the
glass is half full, rather than half empty.