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Although I’ve already expatiated at length on the reasons why we should fear aliens, it turns out there’s yet another cause for alarm — our infinite fatuity and brainlessness. The other day I heard one of these stories on the news that make you wonder if it’s Orson-Wells’-recital-of–The-War-of-the-Worlds style hoax, or the powers that be are once again kidding the populace. In times of economic crisis, UN decided to splash out and assigned a Malaysian boffin to greet aliens on behalf of the entire humanity.
Mind, not to the world leaders or a UN Secretary-General, but to a small time astrophysicist. Any extraterrestrial worth their salt would take it as a snub. Wouldn’t our amour-propre be hurt, if humans landed on a distant planet and were welcomed by a lab assistant?
that said, they seem to be pretty sure these numerous planets are inhabited by intelligent life and even insinuate that the visit may be in the offing. Next thing we know the so much coveted first contact will be all over the news. Either that or we’ve been long since invaded by or hanging out with aliens, and now the governments see fit to make it public.
Mrs Othman is currently head of the UN’s little known Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa).
In a recent talk to fellow scientists, she said: “The continued search for extraterrestrial communication, by several entities, sustains the hope that some day human kind will receive signals from extraterrestrials."
“When we do, we should have in place a coordinated response that takes into account all the sensitivities related to the subject. The UN is a ready-made mechanism for such coordination.”
The plan to make Unoosa the co-ordinating body for dealing with alien encounters will be debated by UN scientific advisory committees and should eventually reach the body’s general assembly.Obviously the general assembly has highly important items on their agenda, I wonder if establishing official relations with ghosts and customs tariffs on the imports from Mars and Titan colonies are among them. Which personally scares the hell out of me.
Opinion is divided about how future extraterrestrial visitors should be greeted. Under the Outer Space Treaty on 1967, which Unoosa oversees, UN members agreed to protect Earth against contamination by alien species by “sterilising” them.’
Sounds pretty much like the idea of racial purity defended by the KKK and their ilk.
By far the most friendly and peaceful way of striking up a long-awaited relationship with alien species — a warm welcome to “a world of nuclear giants and ethical dwarfs".
This is so insane that I’m not sure what to make of it.
Not only do we show our true colours — hostile malevolent predators with no ethical or moral restraint, who feel entitled to treat as we please whoever or whatever we get our hands on (especially those we consider inferior to us)— but we are so thick-headed as to openly announce our evil intentions so that space visitors have no ethical objection to scalping the members of the welcoming committee right on the landing site.
On one hand we are looking forward to meeting extraterrestrials as a possible source of “new business opportunities”, on the other hand we show no more regard for them than for the animals we ruthlessly experiment or feed on.
Brushing aside ethical or moral arguments, what is even more disturbing is that we take it for granted that the aliens who are bound to show up will be as primitive as Amazon jungle tribes and meekly let themselves be sterilised.
The question is, how would such primitive beings have the space technology and make it to the Earth?
Because I would.
So they may have long since been around.
Surprisingly though, the possibility of them turning out to be superior to humans and spay and neuter us instead didn’t cross anybody’s mind.
Either this is the apotheosis of stupidity, hubris and evil — by no means the most dangerous meld — or the UN, NASA etc know for sure the Greys are feeble-minded cuties.
I wonder how our luminaries imagine the Earthlings would be treated if they happened to finally set foot on an alien planet.
Maybe they already have and are now bringing in cheap “desexed” labour, which they will disguise as the first contact.
‘Mrs Othman is understood to support a more tolerant approach.’
"Tolerant" like sending them to sweat shops?
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