The following is my opinion.
Take it for what you will.
Ive been thinking for a while about why ETs have not shown up, or announced themselves, or just dropped in to say "hi". The existence of Intelligent,
advanced ETs to me is both logical, and I would say actually pretty common in the grand scheme of things. So why havnt they shown up?
For a long time I thought that it was because humans are just plain too stupid to deal with, but lately, while probably a factor, I no longer see it
as the prime factor thats really preventing ETs from contacting in some way humanity, at least to, as said above, just say "howdy, neighbor."
Why would a general lack of intellect be an inhibiting factor in a decision to make oneself known? Even a relatively dumb people can still be an
honest, good people....
Ive thought it may be a lack of wisdom, which is in even greater scarcity than intellect. But even a foolish people can have good hearts....
Perhaps it is just a generalized primitiveness that results from the symbiosis of the first two factors that makes humanity unready for contact,
because any kind of contact would be responded to with wild, untamable fear and hysteria. But that answer, while satisfyingly curt, is not
fulfilling... its just too vague a supposed cause with too many "why?"s; it doesnt lead to answers that might help change the situation. Its like the
"it just is" cop out.
Then I look at the situation from what I think might be the perspective of an ET species... what if I was the ET who had comparably greater intellect
and wisdom to some species and had an interest in social outreach, what would stop me from making contact with them? What would stop me from
introducing myself to another aspect of creation and attempting to create a synergistic relationship that benefited all parties?
If they were dumb relative to me, I would be delighted to teach them appropriate-to-what-they-can-handle foundations in a hands-off manner, so they
could use those foundations to learn, discover, and invent for themselves.
If they were foolish relative to me, I would be elated to introduce them to philosophy and logic.
If they were scared of me, I would be glad to show them that I really do "come in peace", as a friend.
Even if all three were added together, I dont see why it would necessarily result in "this species must remain isolated".
So I think... what WOULD stop me from contacting another species, perhaps as Ive done many times in the past with positive results?
Well... if stupidity, foolishness, and fear are all rectifiable with the right people, and in and of themselves are not full stop errors... what
exactly would be such an error?
Hmm... as an ET, it would lead me to think: what can I not
teach to a people, no matter how brilliant my species and I may be? What do a people
have to learn completely on their own without assistance? What lesson, or attribute of a people would not be genuine if it was "taught"? What
paradigm/s can only be totally self-built, lest those paradigms be supported by something else less pure, and indeed they be just facades?
Its a tough question.
But there is one thing I can think of where emulation of an action does not lead to integration into paradigm, because that thing isnt taught via
replicating actions, knowledge, etc. It cant be taught, quantified, objectively measured or held in your hands.
Neither dependent on intellect nor wisdom and greater and more important than both; it is the ideal principle of harmony:
It is compassion.
And from the seed of compassion grows love, mercy, forgiveness, selflessness, and ultimately, harmony, all with other life, nature, and the self.
Without compassion, cruelty takes root, and from it grows hate, barbarism, savagery, and ultimately self-destruction.
When we look out upon the human world as a generalized form, which do we see? Is it in resonance with compassion? Or is it strongly attuned into
What you and I can see, ETs can too. In fact from their detached perspective, "on the outside" so to speak, it is much, much clearer and easier to see
than from our perspective. Being immersed for long periods in something paradoxically makes it more difficult to recognize; or perhaps in our case,
just easier to ignore.
And consider that ETs do not simply want to just say "hi". When contact is made with a new species, theyll want to have that species be a member of
the community, and share and learn and grow with everybody else in a synergistic manner, you know... like a community... in space.
Back to original question... what WOULD stop me, from the perspective of an ET, from making first contact with another species if neither general
level of intelligence, wisdom, nor primitive fear of the unknown would necessarily preclude a first contact?
Cruelty would stop me.
Cruelty would preclude any contact with said species indefinitely and without exception, until that cruelty was supplanted with compassion by a
critical mass of that species population. To try or want to integrate a cruel species into a community of compassionate ones would run contrary to an
ultimate goal of harmony since compassion cannot be taught, but has to be realized by the individual on their own.
And it doesnt take intelligence, or wisdom, to realize compassion, and live it. What exactly might precede a shift to compassion, Im not really sure.
Id bet its as varied as the people themselves. However one thing does happen that is universal: a choice is made to change ones life; to change ones
central operating paradigm to include compassion as a fundamental concept.
Or, the choice is made to not.
Its our choice, and we can say "we're ready" to join whatever interstellar community there is, which I believe is so much grander than anything we
have imagined, by choosing compassion over cruelty. By LIVING compassionately. By being the change we want to see in the world, as Gandhi said. Want
to change the world? Change yourself.
The choice really is ours. Heaven or Hell, community or exile.
And if no one is out there... whats the worst that could possibly happen?
We turn from our current trajectory into oblivion and become our own saviors, save the planet, the myriad of myriads of priceless unreplicateable
genetic sequences, transform from a barbaric species into a noble one, and become the first of those space faring people who will build that
interstellar community with compassion, making a very cold and hostile universe just a little warmer, and a lot more friendly.
edit on 12/12/2013 by CaticusMaximus because: grammar