99% of all species that have ever lived on this planet are extinct. The Earth's flora and fauna have shown immense diversity, and a habit of popping
up in the most unexpected ways and places. Life can exist in the oddest places in the oddest forms. Humans have been around just a few thousand years
and we've been doing a great job of making a planet that's relatively inhospitable to us more so.
Intelligent life on a distant world wouldn't necessarily take the bipedal form we expect. They possibly wouldn't look like us, think like us, act like
The most intelligent thing they could do is stay as far away from Earth humans as possible.
We're not very nice. We do despicable things to each other. We destroy that which keeps us alive in the name of profit (spelled, "Progress"!). We
attack those who look/believe differently.
We really can't be nice to each other consistently. We allow our fellow humans to starve to death. We treat some animals slightly better (some we give
names to; others we eat; the rest we just destroy their habitat - again in the name of progress).
If there's intelligent life on distant worlds that is capable of space travel, it would be best for them to just leave us to perish.
We won't be nice to them. Sooner or later someone will want to corrupt them in some way. Perhaps based in greed. Perhaps based on a poorly thought out
belief system (we have a ton of those). Perhaps based on purposefully implanted fears. Perhaps just to show we're number one and a big bully. We'll
find a way to make them unwelcome. We're really good at that. We have agendas.
If they are stronger, more intelligent, and/or scientifically advanced than we are, we'll find a way to lie to them.
If they are less strong, less intelligent, and/or scientifically less advanced than we are (although interstellar travel eludes us), we'll find a way
to exploit them.
If I were an interstellar traveler and studied Earth for a couple of years, I'd go home without making contact.
I don't disagree with the odds, I just feel that they could do a lot better by taking any kind of contact elsewhere.
Yes, this is quite negative. However, look back at the history of humankind and you'll find examples of where we've been total bastards to each other.
Off-world 'people'? Forgeddaboutit.
edit on 2-7-2013 by Badgered1 because: clarity