posted on Feb, 27 2014 @ 12:07 AM
I personally wouldn't want even nice aliens to help us for the following reasons.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Even here on earth those living in article conditions live quite differently than people living in the desert.
I would venture to say there are many ways to solve a problem. Based on a race's history and background there could be many different ways to tackle
problems and come up with unique solutions. Looking at fusion for example, polywells are different than tokamak, and even more so to laser based
fusion. Whomever wins and is considered more cost effective will get all the glory and funding. But what if an alternative strategy actually could
prove to be more fruitful once perfected?
Anyways to my point. If aliens came down and gave us FTL drives, how would we know its the best way? Sure we can try and break it down, but it would
be a long time before we fully understood it and tried to make improvements.
Second is that humanity might not be ready for advancements. A super clean energy generator is all fine and dandy. What if someone bent on
destruction finds a way to tamper with it and blow up the earth? What if the benevolent aliens suddenly have to leave because of a war or other
pressing matters And basically left monkeys running a nuclear reactor? Probably not such a good thing. What if we became dependent on technology we
didn't fully understand and maintenance wasn't available anymore? Would we have backup plans? Long term planning does not seem to be humanity's
Last but not least evolution. Both society and genetics. If everything is just given, humans will find their lives luxurious and civilization will
decay. I also believe that humans are constantly evolving and pushing themselves. Without the need to improve it will set back the species.