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I agree completely. These "new age ideas" put too much importance on earth and on humans.
The Earth is just an infinitesimal speck of near nothingness compared to the rest of the universe. And humans are a minor species who have inhabited
Earth (this infinitesimal speck of nothingness) for an extremely short time compared to the life of the earth, and an even shorter amount of time
compared to the life of the universe.
The Earth is almost nothing compared to the universe, and humans are less than that. Dr. Manhattan in that film had it right: The universe would not
notice if Earth no longer existed, and would notice even less if humans became extinct.
The Universe doesn't care.
Nature is the same.
The more we do to insulate ourselves from and harden ourselves against Nature and the Universe, the longer we live, for example.
There's nothing friendly, or nurturing about Nature of the Universe, despite this little speck of a speck that we know happens to sustain life, and
even then, 99% of all the species that have ever existed on this planet are EXTINCT.
If Nature, and/or the Universe had any motivations, or personality at all, they'd be bent on killing us wholesale, and it's really only by luck
we're actually around to think about it.
The Universe kills whole solar systems on a regular basis. Supernova. Boom.
The Universe will even kill whole Galaxies.
The Universe itself will eventually suicide; some speculation pointing at a Big Crunch, while others point at Heat Death, and still there's others.
The Universe, however, doesn't care about us, no matter how quickly we could be erased in a blink by a Gamma Ray Burster, or any other number of
other events that have absolutely nothing to do with humanity, no matter how much we say "Om", hug trees, or don't.
All this "Aliens will come save us" is just more Santa Claus mentality.
If we're good, some magical people/person will bring us presents.
It's the same with every god that was ever made up; If we're "good" the gods will favor us.
Some folks just never advance beyond the superstitious reliance age of ...
When is it we usually discover Satan Claus isn't real?
When are folks going to start taking responsibility and accountability for their own future?
I'd like to be around a thousand years from now and be able to say I/We did/accomplished this, whatever "this" might be, without the help or
supervision of some mommy nanny Mary Poppins, Santa Claus aliens interfering.
Sure, it'd be nice to meet Aliens, but, it'd be nicer to be on the Spaniard side of things than the Indian side of things, or equivalent footing
where interactions profit on both sides.
Meeting Aliens from the squalling helpless needy position of a religious "Help Us/Save us" stance?
That's just embarrassing, and even more embarrassing that some folks strive to obtain that position.