There has been, for some time now, this argument of benevolence vs malevolence. good aliens vs bad aliens. Many wish them to be "space brothers"
"saviors" or just friends. While many believe them to be "demons" "nephillim" (don't know if that's right spelling, don't care) or mindless drones
working for the reptillians (...
In this thread I will discuss both of these views, as well as my own.
Lets start with my view.
I believe, above all other theories, that aliens are amoral or apathetic towards us. This does not mean that they are bad, or good. But when
you have the freedom to traverse the stars, making countless discoveries, seeing intense beauty, or just being free, calm, content... why would you
kill your buzz by bothering with us?
Its like being at a bar with your friends, just having a good time, dancing, talking... when you see a big fight break out in a group you don't
know. would you
a) rush over and try to break it up and make everyone friends?
b) rush over and try to beat everyone up to prove your might?
c) just stand with your friends and watch. maybe laugh, maybe feel sorry for the loser, anger towards the aggressor, but more or less just go on with
your night and forget about it.
My answer would be D) don't go to bars haha but that's just me
Im sure the majority of you would pick C. the answer C is my view how most aliens would behave towards us.
Now lets talk about BAD aliens.
There are two ways (right now) I can conceive of an alien species being malevolent
1) If we go back and look at their evolutionary path. They have probably evolved as the apex predator on their planet, nothing surpasses their might
or ferocity, but they surely lack in the emotional department.
They more than likely started off as strict carnivores, having to kill to eat through millions of years of evolution leaves its mark in the brain. But
surely evolved into a more omnivorous creature later on, as food is more readily available if you can eat everything.
Having evolved as an apex predator, you would have little fear, and narrow emotions. This would be a great mixture for a malevolent alien species.
But could a super predator evolve the intelligence necessarily to travel the stars? anything is possible.
2) Propaganda. this is easy for us to understand. Just imagine that the Nazi's have ruled a species for the last 1000 years or so. Your society would
be irreversibly messed up. If they lived for 100 years, and reproduced every 50 years. that would be to 20 generations of brainwashing and interbred
This theory also works if you replace "propaganda" with "religion" (religion with a huge lack of morals I might add)
Now for GOOD aliens.
Its hard for me to pinpoint a reason for good aliens, benevolence is something special that can't really be attributed to one thing or
A good starting point though would be evolving as an herbivore on a planet with few or no predators.
Although I can't pinpoint the cause of benevolence, I can think of many reasons why a benevolent species would not "help us".
To help the human species... that's a huge task. lets say they live for 200 years... do you think that's enough time to change the way we act towards
each-other and our planet? if so, they would be dedicating their entire lives to helping us. Lets say you are a good person, would you be willing to
dedicate your entire life to trying to save a species and a planet?
If your answer is yes. then ask your friends. Are they willing to do the same?
See, the problem is within the views of many as a free thinking intelligent species. There are a lot of people on our planet trying to save the
rain forest, feed the hungry, save the oceans, the air, whales, dolphins, wolves, trees, the list goes on forever. the list is also very long for
people who are either too busy, don't know how to help, or don't care.
This, I'm sure, would happen to an alien species as well. Possibly there are many among the aliens that wish to help us, but cant convince
enough of their kind to dedicate their entire lives to helping us when the possibility of failure is so high.
Or maybe they are benevolent but spread out, doing small things to help various planets and civilizations, just like we, when motivated, pick
something were interested in or care for to try and help.
This, could possibly be seen in real life, if the military officials who spoke of ufo's deactivating nukes were telling the truth.... its the little
IN CLOSING.... no one knows with 100% certainty that there even are aliens, (I believe there are, but scientifically there is no proof) so speculation
is all we have.
but don't blindly believe what people say about aliens being demons, nephilum, star brothers, galactic federation of light, or whatever as truth, they
are welcome to speculate and interpret, but its not fact. Its fantasy.
plus religions, new ager's, and people looking to make a quick buck always absorb and distort popular ideas to fit their purpose. and it usually is
one of two things. fear mongering, or blissful ideals.
Think for yourself. But don't think too hard. Because we don't know and it would be detrimental to first contact if we have preconceived ideas of who
they are, what they are, and their intentions.
Even believing that we know what they look like would be detrimental to our own mental state and first contact if they land and you think "grey's" are
going to walk out but its some kind of octopus man. Believing your about to see one thing and you see something completely different would explode
your mind. so keep your mind open.
thanks for reading.
hope it makes sense.
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