Alien Civilization – Do they watch us ?

Are they already here ? Watching us, learning about us, even, governing us ? Is it plausible a scenario where an alien civilization would interact with us in such a way.

The answer starts with us. If we would find a civilization at the level of, say, the neanderthals, what would we do ? History says we would try to trick them, take their resources and brutally intimidate them if the trickery doesn’t work.

I like to believe that in the future resources won’t be so scarce and that, after enough solitude, we will better appreciate a new form of intelligence and help it advance at a rapid pace.

As always, things will be somewhere in the middle. Resources will always be limited, but after some other experiences with alien intelligent life forms, we can organize in order to preserve and help such a “natural reserve”. And we would do our best not to get noticed.

Even if I don’t believe ours is the case, the scenario is plausible.

Alien Civilization – Contact

Regarding the event of a contact with an alien civilization, we usually have 2 scenarios: war or salvation for whatever problem we have. Both are extreme, but the outcome is quite simple: Change. A change that has both of war and of salvation.

War requires an aggressive civilization. Aggressive civilizations can’t maintain themselves for long periods of time, they tend to get devised and to resent technological, political and social advances. In the immensity of space, it’s hard to believe that aggressive civilizations will always find foes to conquer in order to maintain their aggressiveness. Long periods of peace are required in order to advance sufficiently for space exploration. Peace has a tendency to soften aggressiveness.

Salvation requires a civilization with vast resources that has nothing to gain or to lose. Yeah, right. Such a civilization cannot evolve, it has no reason to evolve. In the end it becomes just as conservative as an aggressive civilization.

An alien civilization will have it’s aggressiveness, will be prosperous and will have economic interests, They won’t conquer us, but any contact with a more advanced civilization (and a civilization capable of space flight is more advanced then we are) will mean the absorption of their values and the loss of some of our values. We will lose some resources, but probably those resources we don’t know how to use.

All in all, we will win more than we will lose. We will learn faster what we have lost, than we would usually had, see, it’s a win.