It might be time to go visit relatives that live further out in the countryside than I do. If a contact event were in progress, It would bring out
every fanatic for miles.
I'm not too scared of what a peaceful contact itself would bring, and whatever it was would be long and drawn out. But the reaction from some who
would be forced to radically change their value system could be very unpredictable.
And I am not talking just about religion here. There would be many secular people who would find that the basic underpinning of their world had just
crumbled. These people would run the total range of humans.
I am aware that many hope that we would be more sophisticated in the face of such a thing, but I doubt that hope is based on anything more than
wishful thinking. The normal person, and most of us here are not in that category, is in such a rut that there is little real thought put forth in day
to day lifestyles. There are parameters of social interaction that over time become habitual, for most people, and events that fall outside of those
boundaries tend to push them to hysteria.
Now while this would not, (IMO), be a majority of people, it would be enough to cause concern. Imagine those on the edge, for instance the Virginia
Tech shooter, a week before he snapped. Or all those close to that point who will never quite snap under everyday pressure. Such an event could well
be a trigger point that would push them over the edge.
Most of these personality types have a fanatical perception of the world. They tend to think that their own view of reality is not only the correct
one, but that many events thwart them from whatever it is that they perceive as the 'true' state of bliss that they are entitled to. I think a lot
of that type would see contact as such an event.
While this adjustment period should not be overly lengthy, it could be very intense to suffer through. And I might add that at whatever point we have
contact, this adjustment period will likely occur, and is (IMO) part of the growing pains of a species that gains the stars.
As a prudent person, I would want some isolation at such a time. There is even the idea, to me, that these types would blame those known to have
spoken or been interested in aliens. Us. The old 'shoot the messenger' idea.
But maybe I'm too paranoid.