Self interest will likely be the way of things,
particularly if an alien home world is under pressure from either population overgrowth or depleting resources or other issues.
For us, right now,
the clock is ticking.
If human population continues to grow at its present rate,
consuming all around,
less resources will become available for scientific research,
which could have led some day to a discovery leading to interplanetary/interstellar travel.
If things don't change soon,
we are stuck on this rock,
unless the stories about black projects turn out to be true.
Nature is harsh in the way that terrestrial fauna population is controlled,
the weak die or are predated upon.
It is a self correcting mechanism
to produce the best and the fittest and maintain the integrity of each species.
Good genes may turn out to be the second most valuable cosmic currency
Maybe that's what our alleged visitors are harvesting,
both from animals and humans.
Things have a balance,
and unless that balance is maintained preferably by humane methods,
disaster lurks around the corner.
Old alien societies will have addressed this,
ideals and freedoms have no place here,
the good of the many outweighs the good of the one.
Personally I believe many permutations of global structures exist in mature alien home worlds,
where their society can flourish without fear of exhausting available resources in the short term
and damaging the biosphere.
I doubt if any of these stable permutations resemble what we have on earth, right now.
So whether you accept it or not
our future, and our survival, will demand radical changes to the way we do things.
If we have open contact with our ET brethren,
this is the most important thing we can learn from them.
edit on 3/3/13 by Donegal_TDI because: to edit
edit on 3/3/13 by
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