Alexander Nevermind wrote:
I always have contemplated if aliens do appear in public, what would happen to the world? Mass hysteria, chaos, destruction? Or maybe we break down our own belief barriers and start acting as one race.It's a matter of scale. Brother battles brother for the last piece of cake. But stick with each other against the neighbors. But the stick with the neighbors when competing with the gang across town... but they stick with the town when pitted against another town, but stick together when competing against another state... but pull together against other countries which, as Veidt speculated, act in accord when faced with alien invasion...
But if real aliens joined us, can we not imagine just getting along in the first place without the need for a common enemy to bind us? Can't we imagine just getting along with the aliens?
I mean, imagine the technolgoy necessary to traverse the void and get here in the first place. Why would they be hostile? If we were able to build a starship and travel to some distant planet with intelligent life, would we really drop in and start terrorizing the place? That just makes no sense.
Which is why Veidt's alien plot had to be so intricate and why the coded psy-wave was so important to the story.
Excellent post. I couldn't imagine the religious boundaries that would have to be broken if aliens did join us. I think we all might have to re-analyze our own beliefs.
Well if they did want to terrorize us, I would assume it would just be out of harvesting. This planet is in the position for life to be created. The other planets in our solar system cannot create organisms because of their environments. So what if this was the last planet in the universe that had resources, whereas the home world of an alien race was nearing depletion of those sources. Maybe they have a philosophy of not caring about anyone and only want to benefit themselves so they don't become extinct, they would gladly get rid of us.
There's probably other examples of reasons why they might attack us.
The one thing we can't do is if those aliens are peaceful, we can't initiate any kind of violence towards them. Humans are fallible so it might be only a matter of time when we do something that might hurt them.
Also they could be the most intelligent species ever and would show us all kinds of things in life we may not have seen and give us new technology.
I agree with your last point on how that monster needed a psi-wave.