reply to post by WhiteHat
This is a thread for people who believe that the UFO phenomena and whoever is behind it, be it aliens from other planets, another parallel
civilization, or simply an unidentified race of beings, is a reality.
I am sceptical about it, but that is no barrier to discussion.
From what we know so far, they've been with us for a very long time, tens of thousands of years... they did their own thing, regardless of our
presence, back then, just like now... Yet one thing we can say for sure: what they never did is to invade this world... So why would they do it
Even if we accept that UFOs are the products of non-human intelligences and not a natural phenomenon or mere products of human self-deception, we have
to concede that we know almost nothing about them. The historical record of sightings and contacts is so diverse that it is impossible to draw any
meaningful conclusions from it. Sixty years of more or less regular sightings – plus a few historical and archaeological oddities from before that
period – have left us with very little solid data.
That leaves the field wide open to speculators. We must be careful not to let our anthropocentric prejudices mislead us, however. Even if the
‘saucers’ are under the control of organic intelligences, why assume that such beings are individual, free-standing entities like ourselves? What
if they were parts of a colony organism, like an anthill or a slime mould? Or what if the saucers – sorry, I just like using the word – are
themselves alive? This could be true even if they carried little green (or – sigh – grey) men inside their bellies.
I do not bring these up as real possibilities (although they might be); I do so to show how little we know about UFOs. Still, there is one thing we
be sure of: if, as you say, UFOs have been visiting us for thousands of years, then there must exist on this planet something of great
value to them. Something worth the expenditure of vast amounts of energy – the ultimate currency of the universe – over many thousands of
Plugging some plausible numbers into the Drake equation, we discover that alien civilizations in our galaxy must be spaced at least 200 light-years
apart. We know how energy-intensive interstellar travel must be; even a single trip is enormously, almost unimaginably expensive. There is nothing
that can be done to reduce this cost; the laws of physics insist upon it. Even if we bring in fantasy physics such as wormholes, FTL drives or quantum
entanglement, the energy budget is never reduced; in fact it is increased. And if, as you suggest, the saucers are visiting us from ‘a separate
reality’, I can only imagine that such travel would be even more expensive, since the energy required to create or exploit a link between parallel
universes must be colossal (assuming such a thing is possible in the first place, which I frankly doubt).
So whatever it is that makes Earth worth the UFOs’ while is also worth the sustained expenditure of huge amounts of energy over millennia. It must
be something very special indeed.
That being so, there is really nothing we can infer about the UFOs’ future behaviour simply by observing how they have behaved in the past. The
thing that brings them here may be some sustained, aeons-long project, which has not yet come to fruition. We cannot know when it will; it may not
happen for a billion years, or it may occur before I finish typing this lengthy post.
But one thing we do
know: the stakes our hypothetical aliens are playing for must be almost inconceivably high. And that, any way you look at
it, is bad news for humankind. Unless the ufonauts are as vastly superior to us in moral elevation as they must be in technological advancement to be
able to afford and sustain such a long-term project, so far from home, over such vast lengths of time, our own welfare must be of vanishingly little
concern to them compared to the success of their project. The completion of their ages-long preparations may well spell doom for us; the
operationalization of their project may well be humanity’s dies irae
I agree with Stephen Hawking that any human encounter with superior alien intelligences is likely to end badly for us; the supporting evidence for
this comes not just from human history but from the evolutionary record of life on this planet. If the aliens really are aliens, and if they are here
already, and if they have for the most part left us alone – well, let us be thankful, and let us hope and pray that they continue to shun us.
It is always dangerous – even when it is beneficial – to be the object of attention from those more powerful than ourselves. May disclosure never