posted on Jan, 9 2012 @ 10:37 AM
I do not believe interstellar travel should be considered an ability exclusive to malevolent species. Technological development tends to follow a path
of necessity, thus any intelligent species that evolves in a hostile environment must first develop weapons and/or defenses if their natural abilities
are insufficient to protect themselves. Civil technologies such as irrigation, transportation become priorities after the dangers of the surrounding
environment are conquered.
Technology develops in a path such as this:
Necessity -> Comfort/Quality of living -> Curiousity
(first ensure your own survival, then make your life easier, then search beyond for new possibilites)
Our Space Race arose because of Curiousity, but the paranoid thought that whoever conquers space will be able to establish weapons platforms in orbit
and rain fire on their enemies made it Necessity. However, with the fall of the Soviet Union establishing the United States as the dominant power of
our age, there was no longer a percieved Necessity to put weapons in space; communications satelites and the like became the new priority.
If a species on another world was more warlike and power hungry than us humans, they would likely be locked in a continous arms race in an attempt to
conquer eachother. The danger presented by the existence of hostile nations makes weapons development a Necessity. Consider this: if their race is
constantly fighting eachother, would they ever have time to develope flight out of curiousity, or would they prioritize development of land and sea
based war machines?
I imagine such a species being far ahead of us in weapons technology, having massive dreadnaughts and tanks with railguns and weaponized lasers, but
confined to the surface of their world. Unless of course one side wins out and a world empire begins, and their curiousity finally leads them to the
stars. But with such a hostile nature, would the world empire be able to preserve peace long enough? Would there not be multiple uprisings to shake
the foundations of this empire?
It's more likely, in my opinion, that the races that make it to the stars are either like us with moderate temperaments, capable of diplomacy but
holding our own interests as primary, seeking to expand in search of resources, OR they are primarily scientific, seeking knowledge above all else,
valuing peace and self-sufficient prosperity rather than conquest and expansion.