Good morning ATS,
Upon reviewing this mornings news and seeing the utter chaos some parts of our world have descended into, I began, as many have, thinking about why
this has happened and how we can attempt to better our world. And, Aliens happened to pop into my mind.
I know, a bit of an odd topic to think of first thing in the morning prior to my first cup of coffee, but none the less, I decided to write a brief
thread to detail some of what I had mulled over in my mind.
Let me preface the following discussion by noting that many of us, myself included, have recognized that a fundamental paradigm shift is required to
change our world for the better. The human race has entrenched itself in self-destructive attitudes and beliefs that is leading to ever increasing
The degradation of effective national leadership, religious strife, excessive nationalism and lack of global cooperation, we could very easily find
ourselves facing an extinction event.
Now, to the point. Why Extraterrestrial contact can bring us back from the precipice of extinction...
I feel that this contact would allow for the paradigm shift I mentioned earlier. I would much rather this compared to the alternative, a paradigm
shift as the result of war that would bring the human species to the brink of utter destruction.
Alien contact would fundamentally change our perception in our role in the universe. This would be exactly what is needed to bring the world together
to work towards loftier goals.
For those trek fans out there, first contact was the pivotal moment when humans adopted a philosophy of philanthropy and scientific exploration for
the betterment of the human race. As what happens quite often, I feel this bit of science fiction could also become reality.
World leaders would realize that their petty squabbles over political issues would become inconsequential upon the realization that the we are but a
drop in a bucket of water.
Aliens would shatter religion as each individual of religious faith seeks to reconcile their belief system with reality.
We will be made aware of technology and scientific principles beyond our current understanding and strive towards it. I can envision new global
efforts to develop technology to allows us to match other space fairing species.
I think this would be one of the major motivating factors. Once we realize that we are in our infancy in contrast to the first contacting beings, the
human ego will be all the motivation we need to see an explosion of technological development.
Not really original thoughts, but I felt compelled to write them down.
Of course, first contact could have the opposite effect I have described and exacerbate current issues. Would countries war with each other to try and
garner favor with the extraterrestrial beings? Will religion believe them to be their messiah and a whole new crusade would begin? Will we try to
develop alien technologies to just kill ourselves more efficiently?
What this all boils down to is that the human race requires a change. How long can we continue acting in the ways we do? I fear we will eventually
destroy ourselves if we don't adapt, evolve or whatever you want to call it.
I do feel that our future lies amongst the stars, built upon global cooperation and an adoption of a scientific mentality, coupled with the
realization that we better work together because its a big universe out there with a lot of unknowns.
See you among the stars