reply to post by Rainbowresidue
The time isn't now.
The time should have been pre-industrial revolution, then all of the nightmarish 'advancements' we have wreaked upon ourselves and the world would
probably not have occured in the first place...no damage, no healing required from us or ETI's.
150 years overdue, doesn't look great for the planning abilities of ET imo.
Since they missed the proper time to gently steer and change our societies and development away from destructive and negative technologies and
mindsets, if they really are making remote contact with people, actual contact should happen immediately.
We have always been ready, a year, a decade or more isn't going to change anything as far as the Human condition goes, except perhaps for even more
damage and destructive and divisive action and thinking in the near future.
People will simply HAVE to get used to the idea, if they are initially frightened...so what?
People live their entire lives in fear of something..fear of the bomb, fear of plagues, fear of totalitarian regimes, fear of violence, fear of losing
'something', fear of unreciprocated love, fear of pain, fear of being ignored, fear of inadaquacy, fear of a god, fear of a god's adversary, fear
of death, fear of poverty, fear of hunger, fear of being afraid...people have always found something to fear, it makes no difference if people are
afraid of ET at first, it's almost a 100% gaurentee they are going to be anyway, now or in the future.
Fear isn't a valid reason for not coming right now, if the intent is to prevent further damage and hostility / suffering.
Once people realise they are here to help, after the initial high weirdness and shock, we will adapt quickly..it will probably be surprising to many
at just how quickly the novelty would wear off and it will all seem commonplace to us. Humans adapt very quickly, especially if there is no
alternative but to adapt.
We will quickly realise and accept we are all one people, the knowledge that there are other intelligent and technological lifeforms out there will be
the single most profound development that has ever happened to our species and would bring an end to petty rivalries and squabbles like nothing has
ever been able to do before in history.
When a benevolent ETI introduces themselves to humanity as a whole, will be the time we start making progress for the betterment of all of us.
If they are actually here and wish to make real contact with us, the time could not come soon enough.