posted on Aug, 19 2015 @ 12:30 PM
I think the problem occurs in type or extent of culture and religion and technology. An alien species can be expected to have a different culture and
set of religions. This means their values and traditions and policies might be substantially different, possibly leading to lower relations and
potential conflict. For example, what if their government is more communist than even China? Their family and sexual relations might disgust us.
Perhaps they allow sex between children and children and adults? Maybe they do not have mothers or fathers? Maybe no gender?
If their technology is significantly higher then they won't care as much about what we think in negotiations, since we can't be an existential threat
to their civilization. They might also be uncomfortable with our unsanitary living conditions and short life spans. Our workers will be underqualified
compared to their workers. This is because our workers do not know about their technology. Education is intimately tied with both use of and knowledge
of technology. This will result in some of our workers leaving and living with the aliens to be REeducated. This could conceivably lead to "brain
drain" in human cities, making the more vulnerable.
The greater the differences the greater the barrier to communication. And the greater the barrier to communication, the deeper the conflict.
I think the aliens would probably treat us as we treated the native americans. That's why we should be wary of contact. Obviously, if they come from
other star systems, they probably have higher technology. So right from the start we'll be inferior in that category. What about culture and religion?
It's possible those could be compatible and compensate.
If aliens are living on Earth right now then I suggest it's over. There's no such thing as "human". If the aliens have the power to come here without
our consent and knowing and can cross the interstellar space then they probably have the power to do whatever they want with us, including wiping our
memories or changing our genetics or behaviors. They will not be able to resist the temptation to do those things, resulting in a situation where
we're not in control of our destiny. In fact, our reality is a lie.
If you're one of those people who believe Iran is being unfairly maligned then I might also make a comparison between Iran and the US. Their cultures
are obviously different. Their religion is different. And the US has more advanced technology. The conflict which exists between these two countries
is not as simple as an ethical one. People who think it's an ethical divide think replacing the Iranian leadership with more ethical leadership will
resolve the conflict. I disagree. If we ignore culture, religion and technology then we don't see the whole picture.
edit on 19-8-2015 by
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