I went through about a half-dozen potential post titles and that one remained A in the A/B self-mental test, throughout. So there. And yes, I do have a next post in the series we’ve been commenting about (Whooooooa! 655 and still trickling), but I require more deliberation before I put it out there. So I’m taking a break of sorts.
As someone who writes probably more than a writer who makes a real living at it, I’ve had a number of fiction books in the back of my head for years, now. One of them, in general, is contact with an alien civilization who visits us…and rather than try to take us over, destroy us, eat us, or whatever…what if they were smarter, more enlightened, more peaceful…more anarchist, than us? In fact, so much more enlightened, that our behavior—to them—is tantamount to what we observe in the wild, when we watch The Animal Channel, Discovery, Science, etc?
This, in essence, is why I don’t think we would ever be contacted by anyone with the means to do so. Why in the hell would they bother? Do you have envy of walking into the jungle, trying to strike up a conversation with chimps? And even supposing you could, what would you have to gain vs. what it would cost you…and I dunno, but I’m assuming that intergalactic travel, if even possible, is damn bloody expensive in terms of time and expense: i.e., conscious lives.
So let’s suspend disbelief and imagine what it might be like if a civilization so advanced as to be able to do so, really did contact us. I’ve watched and laughed about 3 times; but then, I have a geek streak in me, and I have more time on my hands than most, I suppose. But I think it might make you think.
Did it make you think a bit, raise questions? Did it queue the ironic in you?
…So that’s the more or less practical. In other words, the alien is appealing to an enlightened sense of ethics and morality, and finds it perplexing that the practicalities don’t really follow from stated premises. This is at base a lesson in proclaiming allegiance to values you think are cool & all, when convenient, but aren’t really to be followed when you get a reward when you don’t, or it costs you more to do so than not. That’s probably human nature, which is why we really have only societal evolution to count on. Hopefully, refraining from killing, stealing and enslaving in the context of human conscious intelligence turns out to be the best selection strategy in the long run, but we’ll have to see.
The alien is a practical guy. But, he’s dealing with primitives, and zeros in on contradictions that go wholly unanswered or resolved. So, to solve that little dilemma, here is exactly and precisely what the alien is talking about from his enlightened, universal-rational perspective.
So the comment threads are open, as always, and I welcome all challengers—unmoderated—as always.