If you were peaceful representatives of a civilization beyond our Solar System in the depths of the universe, would you truly wish to make your presence known to humanity here on Earth? Just take a moment to look at how we behave towards each other and how we mistreat the beautiful planet we call home.
Ever since our earliest ancestors struggled free from the primordial ooze soon after the planet cooled, we have fought each other for survival, for food, for dominance, for shelter. All down the millennia through man’s time on this planet, greed, corruption and religion to name but three among a plethora of reasons, have been used as an excuse to wage war and to spread fear and dominance over others of our kind and the myriad of other species we class as lower life forms that also live here.
Take one of those three reasons I have listed above – religion. Come to think of it, it also encompasses the other two, greed and corruption.
Man has always been fearful of the unknown, even now in the twenty-first century. When our ancestors lived in caves, we were frightened by everything beyond our control. So we created gods (imaginary all powerful entities of our primitive imagination) to explain the totally natural phenomena of thunder, lightning, storms, floods – in fact anything you care to name, guided by the irrational belief that somehow the gods were angry with us for some reason.
As the millennia rolled slowly by the concept of religion as a tool to subdue the masses moved from strength to strength. Those who craved power and control began to use it as a weapon in their arsenal.
When the Roman Empire fell into decline soon after a Palestinian freedom fighter who had been a thorn in the side of the Romans for preaching peaceful resistance to their occupation of his homeland was crucified by them, the leaders of the Empire changed direction. They continued to maintain the Empire’s hold over the known world by becoming the first leaders of a new religion based around the dead freedom fighter. Former Senators became Cardinals and the Emperor took on the mantle of leader of the new religion in the guise of Pope. Their church sprang up around the irrational belief that the man they had callously beaten, humiliated and crucified was in fact the son of an all seeing god.
Other religions have sprung up across the planet, working in tandem with the first organised religion in an unspoken agreement to maintain control over the entire population of our world.
We as a species have become so dependent on religion that the vast majority are unable to think for themselves anymore. We make choices, rightly or wrongly, as we go through our daily existence, all the while worrying about offending the tenets of our particular religion.
Over the centuries we have committed terrible atrocities against other peoples all in the name of religion, calling those who have been the target of our zealous war mongering heathen unbelievers.
We live in a world where to be a free thinking individual is to be an outsider. To get on in this planet’s society you have to conform to a specific set of rules. Religion demands you become a sheep-like member of the flock if you will. Our political leaders have largely taken over from the former Emperors, Kings, Queens, Chiefs, and Clan leaders, still using religion to further their own selfish need to be in control.
We have added yet another religion these days. We call it progress. This is used as an excuse to deplete our planet’s natural resources and rape the land to make way for the burgeoning numbers of humanity who are needed by our leaders to fulfill their wishes and desires to grow rich at our expense.
Imagine what we as a species would do if a far more advanced sentient and peaceful species decided to visit us here on our beautiful water dominated planet. Would we welcome them with open arms or would we bow down to them as gods? The more likely scenario is that our leaders, political, military and religious, would treat them as a threat and attempt to destroy them.
Personally if I were able to send those peaceful representatives a message, it would be this:
Stay away for your own safety! Warn all other sentient species that this planet we call Earth, while beautiful to see from the depths of space, is lethal to all life. Its inhabitants are irrational warmongering beings to be avoided at all costs. Do not under any circumstances allow us to explore beyond our system of planets.
Far better that we as a species are contained and unable to expand into the universe. Just wait until this planet and all the others revolving around our star are engulfed in its fiery demise, before you consider visiting this arm of the galaxy we call the Milky Way.