By Chad Wilson
With the recent discovery of a plethora of Earth-like exoplanets, that is planets in other solar systems, I don’t think it’s a matter of if there is other life in the Universe, but more a matter of when we will we discover these other life forms.
With the storied history of racism and prejudice on our planet, I am led to wonder how will we, as a species, react when we eventually meet face to face with life on other planets and more specifically, how we will react to other forms of life that are different than our own?
Knowing the human species and its propensity to segregate and ostracize that which it doesn’t understand, will we be able to fit into Galactic society with our common hang-ups over race, beliefs, gender, and the like?
Imagine if you will a life form based not on water, but say methane. Will we even consider the members of that species as being on the same level as us humans? Even more extreme, say we come across a life form that is like a bacteria. They might seem small and insignificant to us due to their size, but what do we know?
We define life according to our limited, Earth-bound view. We have only stepped out into our own solar system in the past 50 or so years, let alone a Galaxy that could very well be infinite in its scope.
Maybe this is why we are approached with apprehension by supposed alien visitors. Any extraterrestrial species who has observed our history will see us for what we are, a self-destructive species full of bigotry and hate.
Yes, we can also be compassionate, kind, and caring, but the former makes us less attractive as a species, even with the latter taken into account.
So, what are we to do as a species? Hopefully, in time we will grow and leave behind our tendency to try to control, conquer, and even destroy that which is different. Only then do I think we will be accepted by whatever other life are out there.
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