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Dark Powers

Would extraterrestrial alien civilizations be friendly or malevolent?  Here is a post that argues they would be benign:

 

 

The second possibility is a little more intriguing. Imagine a benevolent or benign spacefaring alien species, akin to the Vulcans from Star Trek. If they’ve figured out how to successfully traverse the distances between the stars, then they have technology that’s at least hundreds of years beyond our own, and potentially thousands, tens of thousands or more. We have enough problems on our world figuring out how to manage our own planet, and we have the resources of an entire world, a solar system, and a massive, energy-giving Sun. For a species to come as far as an intelligent, spacefaring alien would have come, they must have figured out a solution to a whole slew of problems that humanity clearly still grapples with. Meeting a civilization such as this could only have positive outcomes for our own.

 

Go here to read the rest.  I doubt it.  We know of one intelligent species, our own, and we have produced myriads of cultures and civilizations.  One can only imagine the infinite variety of intelligent species that God may have populated the vastness of space with.  If that is the case, we can only hope that we will not be contacted, or that when contact occurs we are the more powerful or that we luck out and a more powerful species saying howdy is benign.  In any case, rest assured that our well being would take second place to the well being of any contacting species, in the eyes, or whatever they use, of the species making contact with us.  It is also quite possible that their motivations may be as opaque to us are as ours are as opaque to the squirrels who populate the trees around us.  Assumptions about such civilizations prior to first contact are not only rash, but as absurd as they are dangerous.

 

 

 

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

14 Comments

  1. If Original Sin affects alien intelligence as it does us, then First Contact is to be avoided. The question is: will God permit First Contact? I suspect not. I think Original Sin and all of Salvation History are unique to us and makes us a “test tube experiment” or maybe a “demonstration” to the rest of the Universe, corporeal (alien intelligence) and incorporeal (angelic intelligence), of God’s caritas (I hate using the word love that the liberal left and preempted and hijacked) et omnipotentia.

  2. 36 years ago this fall I was in my senior year of high school. Back then, our school district allowed early dismissal from the school day and early termination (one half of the school year) if graduation requirements were met. One of my classes was an English Science Fiction class. We had to write a paper about alien contact with Earth. If memory serves, I wrote that I could not imagine why an alien civilization would bother with Earth. Such a civilization obviously has obtained faster than light travel and been able to harness the immense energy needed to accomplish such travel. Why, then, bother with the Earth? Our petty squabbles, wars, bickering, poverty, really, why bother?

    I think it would be a little strange to think that in all the universe, life exists only on this planet. Likely, such life is so far away that it may never be contacted by humans, but who knows?

  3. If an extraordinary alien civilization was to traverse the galaxies to visit earth they might be very cautious as far as making contact. They would definitely deem our culture to be barbarian at best. (Killing it’s own offspring for starters.)

    Intelligent life outside of our solar system is going to remain intelligent….
    Stopping off at the blue planet would be only in case of an emergency.

  4. Like CS Lewis pointed out in the space trilogy: maybe other species are not fallen and it is they who need to be protected from us.

    Though i sometimes wonder about fallen aliens and humanity being the jews of space who must deliver the gospel to them. There’s a story about a catholic/orthodox missionary to the stars there somewhere.

  5. If there are aliens out there in space, it is us at a different time and place. So, we had better prepare for the unexpected, for good or for bad. There is no peace of Christ without the duty of self-defense, for ourselves and for our neighbors.Now, I am going to say the stupidest thing ever. Maybe its Superman.
    By the Way: The Vatican has not ruled out there being aliens in outer space. Seriously.

  6. If the situation were reversed what would we do if we landed on a planet that had a civilization similar to American Indians? My guess is that the result would be the same as the last time. Near total wipe-out.

  7. Rather unavoidable when tribal/nomatic cultures are in areas with any kind of settled group. (Well, anybody else, actually, going off of how the tribes interacted, but it’s worse when there’s a disagreement about property rights.)

  8. Just finished rereading comments of astronaut Gordon Cooper about his experiences with alien aircraft over the course of his career. He definitely saw what looked to be flying saucers. Buzz Aldrin did too. Cooper believed the existence of aliens did not conflict with belief in God. Could these vehicles have been prototypes of drones using V/STOL propulsion? Terrestrial instead of extraterrestrial?

  9. Just finished rereading comments of astronaut Gordon Cooper about his experiences with alien aircraft over the course of his career. He definitely saw what looked to be flying saucers. Buzz Aldrin did too. Cooper believed the existence of aliens did not conflict with belief in God. Could these vehicles have been prototypes of drones using V/STOL propulsion? Terrestrial instead of extraterrestrial?

  10. Atheists still haven’t explained why there’s no evidence of intelligent life with material bodies anywhere other than on Earth.

  11. Still not sure corporeal intelligent alien life is likely. And even if it were, would not impact proofs regarding the existence of God. I would have to agree with those who opine that, if such exist, and if they could reach us, it would mean their technology, at least, would far exceed ours, which means it is likely (although not certain) that their intelligence would exceed ours, and therefore would probably want nothing to do with us. Unless, of course, Earth obstructs their view of Jupiter or we are in the path of the intergalactic highway or something.

  12. Or diced human is the taste sensation of the season, or the aliens making contact are escaped criminals on the lam, or an alien leader has had a vision about conquering earth, or they wish (shudder) to uplift us. The reasons for intervening are legion.

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