Hypothetical: Humans discover intelligent alien life that is less advanced than us. Eventually, we get the ability to visit them. Do you expect us to be overall helpful or harmful to them?
I guess it depends on who we send to visit them, but I think if we sent the right people, the aliens could definitely learn from our mistakes & flesh out the sustainable technology concepts we've started (assuming they have comparable resources).
IMO we'd just use them as lab rats, steal whatever natural resources they have and destroy their world if they don't adopt our ways of thinking.
I assume scientists will be the one's visiting, so I don't think it will be quite as bad as the explorers of our past. However, I assume we will take some of their resources or come to live on their planet.
It's the same thing that would happen in Disney's Pocahontas or Avatar.
The thing is I'm not sure how we would think of these aliens. Would we regard them as sentient beings deserving of life or just animals, and would we be right in believing so. These aliens won't have the same form of consciousness as us,
They'll be totally foreign to our understanding. As I said in a previous poll, we may feel some sympathy towards them, but they probably won't be capable of sympathy, or any other human feeling. It won't be like two countries meeting, it'll be like
Humans and whales meeting, actually more like humans and bacteria meeting. They would be totally different in every way.
As with everything else, we humans will always find a way to screw it up.
I would say harmful because of how we have treated different races of people in the past.
Same thing as the Indians. Disease and enslave and then take over any natural resource they have. History tends to repeat itself
Im sure we'd give them some awful diseases and then enslave them.
We will try to help. Think of them as the American Indians.
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