Are We Ready?
In the Beginning...
Once upon a time humans considered the Earth to be at the center of the universe and that everything revolved around the Earth. The sun, the moon, the stars, everything. Imagine what that belief must have done for our human egos? To consider ourselves to be at the center of the universe. That everything revolves around us.
We also believe that we were made in God’s own image. Imagine what this would do to the human ego as well? Made in the image of our God? Amazing eh?
As time passed and details were discovered and more information became available we began to realize that we are not the center of the universe, that we are actually a rather small and insignificant star system in a rather common spiral galaxy, one of literally uncounted billions in our universe, all circling around their own individual center of gravity. Ordinary, normal, common... what a shot to the human ego that is when you think about it. Even if there was only one star system like ours in each galaxy what does that say for the number of ‘other earths’ out there? So not only are we not the center of the universe, but we are not even that unique either. We are not even the center of our own Galaxy, which is fortunate considering a black hole is. There could literally be millions of worlds like ours, going through the same cycle of life as this one is. Routine eh? Nothing all that special when you think about it really and this seems to be what we learn with each passing astronomical discovery. That we simply are not that important in the big picture. So much for being the center of the universe.
Imagine the implications of some of things we know for sure now.
We know now that water is everywhere in our star system for example, not just on Earth. It is in comets, on moons and planets, etc. Even Mercury has water in a small frozen pocket on the surface. Many scientists now believe that the probability of microbiological life existing in these assorted frozen pockets of water throughout our solar system are quite high. This would go to show that life can exist anywhere and in fact is quite common and tenacious even in our own seemingly lifeless (except this planet of course) star system.
We also know now that we have a start and a end as a planet. That someday the sun will expand and swallow up the Earth. Unavoidable, it is an act of nature that is repeated over and over again in other star systems with our type of star in every Galaxy in the universe. Routine, common, nothing to see here folks.
Imagine that... how we will end is still a mystery but we know how the earth will end. Barring some sort of cosmic cataclysm that is.
Are we still basically too primitive for alien contact?
Ego & Enlightenment - Are we Ready?
While all this new discovery and information leads to enlightenment, one cannot help but wonder at the overall effect on humanity’s collective ego. Some discoveries from times past were met with serious suspicion, anger and even hate for what that discovery meant as far as current religious beliefs go. The discoverers were accused of serious crimes. To go from considering ourselves the center of the universe, the height of evolutionary accomplishment, made in God’s own image to the understanding that we are not so unique and that the universe is a vast ecosystem in it’s own right containing trillions of different types of life forms and species of all types in it. Some more advanced than others and each 'eco-subsystem’ being isolated by the vacuum of space from the next. Uncounted trillions of ‘Australias’ scattered throughout the cosmos, each on it’s own evolutionary path,was and is a sobering, and often times dangerous, path. Can we handle it?
Wisdom and enlightenment do not come solely from the gathering of information after all but rather it comes from a understanding and accepting of what that information means in it's entirety. I don’t think we are there yet which is why, when asked are we ready for alien contact, I have to give a firm resounding ‘NO’ to that.
UFO's & Aliens
I have been a avid study of the UFO/alien question over the last 10 years or so, absorbing all kinds of information from crash reports, sighting reports, and alien abduction claims as well as looked into some of the UFO groups out there and what their general interests and motivations are. Over this time I have learned that there are three basic groups involved in the UFO/Alien question and each one can be used to determine reasonably how humanity would react to alien contact. I have also learned that there are no 'experts' in this field.
The first group are simply people, normal honest every day folk who happen to see something weird in the sky and want to know what it is. They have not written any books, do not belong to any organizations specifically relating to UFOs and generally speaking are reliable witnesses of relatively sound mind and body. They are police officers, farmers, pilots, truck drivers, etc. These people are not necessarily hooked up to a ‘Alien only’ explanation and only want to know what they saw, providing the explanation is reasonable and does not insult their intelligence.
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The second group are UFO investigators. This group I think can be broken into two sub-groups. The first group are legitimate UFO investigators. By that I mean they are not necessarily hooked up to the ‘must be alien’ explanation either but are willing to consider it. They are generally more complete in their investigations, barring refusals for information from governments involved and that sort of thing. When presented with reasonable proof of a non alien explanation, they are generally accepting of it and move onto the next case. These guys are responsible for clearing up all kinds of bogus UFO claims as well as shedding some light on the legitimate claims, such as the Shag Harbor incident in Nova Scotia in the 1960s.
The second sub-group are the ‘aliens at any cost’ group. By this I mean the only solution they ever come up with is ‘Aliens’ regardless on proof to the contrary or a lack of conclusive proof supporting the claim. These types often do very superficial ‘research’ and love to refer to ancient documents more than what is happening today. The prevalence to reference old religious texts, such as Hindu Vedas and the Bible is a dangerous misinterpretation of those stories in my opinion and seems, to me any ways, to paint any ‘alien’ as some sort of religious icon from the past. This is also a large group and contains those groups encouraging and are hopeful of a coming ‘first contact’ as well as those who think we do not return to the moon because aliens ‘warned us off’ so they can continue their illegal mining operations. (Yup, they exist).
The third group are the flat out deniers. These ones go for the ‘never aliens no matter what’ argument at every turn. They are the debunkers but that is NOT to say that all debunkers are flat out deniers. These people have closed minds in my opinion. They will accept even the most illogical of explanations if it means ‘no aliens’. This group’s existence relates back, in my opinion, directly to the fact that at one time we considered ourselves to be the center of the universe made in God’s own image and acknowledging the mere possible existence of intelligent alien life would make that entire belief system illogical. Denying something flat out is often a form of resistance to change. I believe we call it ‘living in denial’ . This group represents the human ego’s desire to never let go of the idea that we are the center of the universe, the height of evolutionary creation. Each astrological discovery reminds a human how small they really are and how the universe is not focused on them. As an ant is to us, so we are to the universe. Are we prepared to accept that?
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So, what would happen?
I think one can analyze how humanity would react to Alien first contact, should it happen today, by understanding the nature of each UFO group above. This helps us understand the wide variety of different opinions and reactions on the matter.
If a first contact happened today I would be very worried. I feel the population would face severe disruptions.
The first group mentioned above would be genuinely curious, some of them fearful, but generally speaking probably not too fearful. These types would come out to have a look, satisfy that curiosity, perhaps ask some questions if they were allowed, then return to their lives and just ‘bookmark’ the event as a memorable moment. Boy wasn’t that fascinating.
The third group would slowly vanish. Faced with evidence standing in front of them most would simply acknowledge the truth and join the first group, some will get depressed and have a very difficult time processing the new ‘facts’ and where the individual human fits into the much bigger picture (maybe we don’t – not as individuals anyways, also very hard for us to accept) and a very tiny ‘core’ will stand by their beliefs and just create illogical stories to explain away the evidence.
The second group is a different matter. The legit UFO investigators, many of them ex-military or people involved in government projects at one time in their lives or another(but not all) , I think would be highly suspicious for a variety of reasons from ‘why are they here’ to ‘is this a staged event for some nefarious reason’. So this group would be cautious and open yet suspicious at the same time.
Do you think humanity is ready for alien contact?
The ‘aliens at any cost’ group is scary to be honest and the most likely place for the problems to start. These people are very likely to view any alien contact as a ‘second coming’ of sorts. You can see in their references to ancient religious texts that they feel these aliens came to us as ‘Gods’ at one time as it is. If you listen to many of these group’s speakers you are given the definite impression you are being sold something. We are told that aliens exist and that they are deeply concerned with our ‘interests’ and evolution. We are told ‘not to resist’ - I hate being told that, usually it means I should resist. I have had my fill of other humans interested in my general welfare (meaning the governments of the world) and do not wish to have aliens trying to do it too.
I myself, would consider any alien nothing more than another example of a biological life form that evolved on one of the potentially trillions of isolated ‘Australias’ scattered throughout the cosmos. If I am a small insignificant spec in the universe then how can any individual alien or human be any more than that even with hyper advanced space technology? Does the universe care about technology?
Many, of course, would oppose any notion of aliens being ‘God’ so we would have one large group believing against logic that the aliens are ‘returning gods’ and another group flat out refusing to accept that and just to add some grease on that fire there is a third group that believes aliens are demons from hell. Not to mention a rather large group of those traditionally religious people who are now faced with the shattering of that belief and the 'made in God's own image' belief desperately looking to replace that belief with something else - or to erase that which causes the belief to be in doubt. Do not have to be a expert to figure out where all that will lead. It will get violent for sure I think. This is why I worry, this could get very violent, and chaotic, with a variety of different factions fighting it out.
Once this fight got started being in the first group won’t keep you out of it. Choosing no religion has seldom protected anyone from the fallout of a religious war.
So, not a good idea at this time, maybe in 100 years or so.
So in general, human contact with aliens at this point in our civilization would be destructive to our natural development and any alien civilization that was decent would observe us the same way we observe any of the newly discovered isolated tribes we come across today in the amazon jungle, from a distance. We know what happens when we try to mix directly with that newly discovered culture. They die off, as a culture, even if the people live on and move on.
Only a alien species that was dangerous to us would want to openly make any contact with us at this stage. Doing so is simply too disruptive to be useful to anyone whose sole interest is our general social and evolutionary development or who wishes to observe and study us as we do other wildlife here on Earth. So we don't want it yet.
We need to slowly get used to the idea of alien life. Let the scientists confirm the existence of microbiological life on other bodies in this solar system, a discovery which I think is very close now. Once the discovery is made let that knowledge sink in as we continue as a species to explore. Any decent alien civilization will wait until we are ready and probably has a general understanding based on experience of when that is because there will not only be two species. Until then they know how to stay out of the way so to speak.
We should not be in such a hurry either. We will be ready not when we have super technology, but rather when we understand and accept who and what we are as a species as that relates to the universe as a whole and understand that alien species are represented equally regardless of what technology or knowledge they may have. Only then would we be able to deal with those alien civilizations in a manner similar to how nation states deal with each other today (ok, ok, hopefully a little better than that).
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