Today’s question might seem like an odd one, but go with me for a moment. There are a spate of alien movies coming. Some are going to involve battles with aliens. One of those is going to have aliens battling cowboys; I hope Harrison Ford knows what he’s doing. In another movie that’s a comedy the alien is named Paul, and obviously he’s friendly.
We have this strange relationship with aliens. Whether they actually exist or not isn’t really a question anymore; of course they exist. Whether there are any aliens that have actually visited Earth is another matter. There’s a lot of mythology behind this one, and many ancient pictures have images of alien crafts and alien-like people in them. Unless the artists were stoned all the time, or we just don’t understand the concept, it’s something that could keep you up for hours.
And then we have no less a mind than Stephen Hawking, who not only believes there are aliens but believes some time in the distant future, if we haven’t killed ourselves, we will probably meet up with aliens, and they won’t be friendly. His belief is purely scientific. Since space travel would take a very, very long time to get from one place to the other, even if we could travel at the speed of light (which some scientists, including Einstein, said is impossible, yet other science disproves), and that if an alien culture were to do it then they’d be looking at the survival of their species. In other words, they’re not visiting and going home; they’re coming to stay. And since they’d have the technology to get here, they’d have the technology to just take over as well; nothing we could do.
Of course, it could be us as the aliens, the culture that just has to go exploring and messing with others. I can see that scenario; humans just can’t sit still, and we do love a good conquering or two.
Still, in my mind I have this vision of something like the first encounter between the Vulcans and people of Earth. They’d been watching, they’re mentally superior, and they’re too advanced to just come in and take anything, even if they want to stay. Nope, this won’t be an Alien Nation or District 9 either.
And get this; every major government in the world has a protocol for how to deal with the first alien contact. And trust me, it’s not necessarily friendly either. Then again, if governments believe like Stephen Hawking, they need to be wary.
So I put it out to you; if there are aliens and they did come to Earth, do you think they’d want to be friends or do you think they’d just want us gone, as in Independence Day?