posted on Sep, 24 2012 @ 12:19 PM
Anyhow Slayer, I think your outlook is a bit cynical.
If a advanced ET is out there monitoring us, they are more than likely not surprised at our development. With progress comes new problems..its not
about never having problems, its about how its recognised and overcome.
If we were the aliens to another planet, and watched as a planet entered its industrial era, would be be wildly surprised by finding them suddenly
smogging their planet up with massive machines? probably not...we would sit back and observe how long it takes before they upgraded to reduce the
emmissions and start cleaning up...don't think we would be laughing at the silly natives for doing what we did.
Would we laugh as they tried to find new ways to feed the population...some being rather questionable (such as genetic modification that isn't fully
understood by them yet) and creating a whole new problem?
I think its just part of the process...and is probably the most natural path a sentient species can take...see problem, create solution...see new
problem from the solution...think of yet another solution..hell, if there was no problems then there wouldn't be much call to progress anyhow.
A ET that wanted us to ascend into the stars may even purposefully create some problems just to get our brains thinking on a solution.
Problem: We have need of vast amounts of energy, but cannot spoil our biosphere...
The solution will lead to potential space based technology (solar, fusion, etc) that will help in our own space exploration
Problem: We have to eat a lot with little space. Again, the solution will help advance space based farming, nano farming, etc.
Point is, the problems we seem to create for ourselves suck, but the long term vision is that the solutions will more than just solve the crisis, but
will advance our species as a whole...
So, ET may not be laughing...we are starting our testing now, class is over, and we will either pass or fail. What needs to happen is simply
recognize the problems to begin with..once recognised, it can be worked on. It may seem like 20 or 50 years of ignoring a problem is a long time and
total fail, but the bigger picture, a species altering innovation taking half a century to identify and implement is a blink of an eye.