Thursday, July 27, 2006
Sarcastic Twittery: Exopolitics on my Mind
I have grazed the subject of exopolitics...reluctantly...on a few occasions. But I was directed to an article by UFO Bits' Pundit-in-Chief Regan Lee, and felt that I should respond. But rather than reply in blog comments...I am far too wordy...I figured it was as good a time as any to jump in with my full tuppence worth. So, here we go.
But FIRST...it should be stated that I have great respect for Regan and her compendium blog. I've seen many great riffs there that I would have missed otherwise. This post is not a slight to her in any way, only a record of my stance on exopolitics. She just got me wound up on the subject. Way to freaking GO, R!!!! :) So now...WHEEEEE!...
Exopolitics...many of those that find it a worthy pursuit feel that those that don't are arrogant. I find the reverse to be far more defensible.Well, that's my take. My blog comments are non-moderated, so have at me if you feel compelled. I will honestly consider any alternative viewpoint that doesn't begin by claiming I'm being arrogant. LOL Any that do will be summarily ignored...I got a life! :)
If an alien species has been or ever does visit here, it would be quite arrogant in my view to believe that they would in any way resemble humans...in physical, mental, psychological, motivational...or political...aspect.
They might find that our...all too human...history of "endo-politics" shows us to be highly suspect in such matters. A perceptive alien might be foolish to think otherwise, even if he just watched todays news.
To attempt to "prepare" a method for interacting with them would be like trying to prepare antibiotics for an infection that doesn't yet exist.
The monumental effort required...and the infinite possibilities needing to be considered...is so unlikely to be applicable as to make it a waste of resources...unless we are just very lucky. [See above re: our "endo-political" history. Lucky so far? If todays news informs, not so much...no.]
If we were to learn (via Disclosure) that aliens had already been here, exopolitics would be unnecessary, since there would already be a protocol established for communication between us and them, unless the government just keeps the aliens penned up somewhere with no attempt to discern their motives, physiology, etc...a HIGHLY unlikely scenario in my view. Some even claim we already have treaties with them.
When explorers (or missionaries) went into the wilds to search for native groups with which to interact (or convert), did they presume that they could prepare ahead of time for how to communicate, or how to bargain with them, or how to determine their political motivations? Nope. They did as all explorers (or missionaries) do. They just went "that way" with their wits (or their Bibles) until they came upon someone, and the process began at that moment.
The (eventually-marginalized) Native Americans, the (eventually-"civilized") Masai, the (eventually-extincted) Incas, and the (eventually-enslaved) Africans...to name a few...stand as a testament to our (in)abilities regarding interactions with "alien races". The record is less than stellar, and these peoples looked a lot more like their discoverers than your stereotypical grey.
Just because we are a few years advanced from that reality says nothing for our preparedness to face a species perhaps millions of years ahead of us. In fact, we should pray that they are not like us at all.
Arrogance is presuming to know...and claiming to understand and prepare for...what you cannot know.
Presuming ones own ignorance of things unknown, and waiting to know more before getting "political" is decidedly not arrogant...it is intellectually economical and prudent. It's downright...gasp...conservative! Our pompous exopolitical musings might even antagonize them...could even cause an intergalactic incident!
All that aside and more to the point, any species able to travel here from somewhere "else" will be far more likely than we to decide the terms, conditions and language through which we interact, or even if we do.
Would our grandiose exopolitical twaddle necessarily be expected to mean anything at all to them beyond mere amusement, much less impress them?
"Lord, what fools these 'humans' be!", might be their refrain, forgetting the inherent...and quite possibly mistaken... presumption that they even have mouths or brains or language, or an alphabet, or an opinion, or a sense of humor, or a Shakespeare...or sarcastic twits like me. :)
Now that's arrogance in my view.
Any claims that I am a sarcastic twit will be treated as at least a sign of intelligent life in the universe. To do any less would be...arrogant, no?
thanks for the nice words about my blog by the way!
The bible says that there will be a great deception perpetrated by theses beings in the time of the generation that witnessed Israel’s rebirth. THAT WOULD BE NOW!
Here is what I am suggesting. Demons and Angels are going to be part of this generations experience just like old times. The demons will sell them self as helper type Aliens and cast God as an enemy. Humans will battle with God and lose. God’s wrath will be in biblical proportions. It's not your Mothers bible interpretation; it’s a new understanding of the scriptures. Not changed just clearer. The armies of the world will gather in Israel and actually challenge God. What would get people to do that?
Maybe they will get sick of the lies and deceptions and child molesting, ain'a?
Kyle: You are a sarcastic twit, but not nearly sarcastic enough. Good luck (it's always either luck or marketing, and good marketing is what is destroying our planet).
Thanks for moving the discussion forward in the Chronicle. The important thing is that we all become better informed. This is the reason that I have just recently in my old age :-) felt that I really had something substantial to say on the subject in the mainstream.