reply to post by Quasar_La-Zar
The UFO/Alien forums would become abandoned and derelict without any need to spam "Disclosure is soon" threads every ten minutes.
The server would suffer some kind of hardware failure induced by one or two threads on the topic in "current events" being simultaneously accessed
and posted on by 90% of the forum population.
ATS members would assume it was a conspiracy to silence the truth and take up hostilities against the nearest local government office (local, federal
- what's the difference?).
The world descends into war and chaos.
The aliens go away thinking: "Every time... Every time we come here and do this, this is what happens.... what a strange culture."
On a more serious note - it won't really change my life all that much. I will still need food, a home, companionship, etc. Proof of aliens, alone,
won't change that much. Activity of aliens, on the other hand - could certainly become a factor. So could the activity of people around me in
regards to knowledge of aliens. It honestly is not going to surprise me when it happens. I'm also not going to be surprised by what the aliens turn
out to be like. It doesn't make much difference to me if they go around death-raying everything or if they brought cookies to share with everyone.
I don't really have an expectation of what it will be like. Sure - I speculate and have speculated quite a bit - but I'm not going to sit here and
try to feed you a bunch of bull about different races of aliens, their aspirations, etc. I "know" more about the culture of the grays than I know
about the culture of Korea - and I have spent time in Korea. So I'm not inclined to believe what is "known" about aliens. It reads like a
Twilight novel where it's all made up on the fly and in complete disregard of the previously established rules. Congruity, continuity, and
consistency - all indicators of a functional and real system. When it lacks those, it's fake. If it has those, it's plausible within its own right
(IE - star wars physics doesn't necessarily translate to physics we can actually utilize - regardless of how carefully the lore is crafted).
So - what will it be like? Well, if they have been keeping an eye on us for the past - oh - forever and a day, and we're here now, I don't expect
proof of their existence to really change their end of the deal, much. Why would they suddenly be prompted to change their behavior because we
managed to accomplish the task of recognizing they exist (something probably considered quite basic)? More importantly, why should we change our
behavior because something that (possibly) has always been there is now confirmed?
We are more likely the ones to initiate some form of contact we are familiar with. If they are well-traveled, they are probably used to being
'hailed' rather than doing the 'hailing.' It's like being a door-to-door salesman.... going around knocking on doors can net you all kinds of
results that are inconsistent with your purpose for being there, if not dangerous. Setting up a stand or signal to let people know you are selling
ice-cream is a better way to ensure people know you are selling ice-cream, and that you minimize contact with people who are not going to act in a
manner that is consistent with your goal (to sell ice-cream).
The signal may be out there - we just may not be hearing it, or not be accustomed to it being of any significance - like a child who cannot read, or a
person who cannot hear.
It's all speculation. I will simply look forward to the opportunity to learn something new - even if it is how to avoid becoming food for aliens.