I’m really fascinated by aliens but I just don’t know how I feel in regard to whether they exist or not.
I’d like to think they do and I enjoy watching shows about the “evidence” out there, but the jury is still out for yours truly.
But people really get pretty fired about this subject…especially the scary parts of what alien life might entail.
Let’s get weird with folks on AskReddit.
1. Let that one sink in…
“Aliens could do to us what we did to wolves, selectively breeding a once noble species in grotesque ways, transforming us into the equivalent of bulldogs, poodles, dacshunds, etc.”
2. What do they know?
“The possibility of them already knowing about us but us not knowing about them. We have no idea if they know.
They could be committing space espionage right now and we wouldn’t know about it.”
3. We’re just like ants…
“One theory (from Stephen Hawking?) is that if they are sufficiently advanced that aliens may treat us like ants. When we build dams, we don’t worry about whether or not a dam will cause an ant hill to be flooded out.
Similarly, a species that is advanced as far beyond us as we are beyond ants might seek to alter our planet or even our solar system to their advantage without giving consideration to what may happen to us.”
4. Frightening to think about.
“For all we know, aliens might not be the ‘little green men’ that fly around in flying saucers and destroy us with laser beams – they could be an interstellar pathogen that show up one day and silently and effortlessly kills us all without warning.
Our immune systems would have no idea what hit them.”
5. Imagine this…
“Our human concepts of morality and empathy are heavily influenced by our mammalian biology.
Imagine that aliens land, and instead of having nice little family units their species lays clutches of thousands of eggs at a time. They don’t form strong bonds. Life is essentially expendable for them. They see us weeping over a dead child and they have literally no frame of reference for understanding why this would be upsetting.
I’m not saying all aliens will be like this; but some definitely could be.”
6. We wouldn’t stand a chance.
“#1, there is absolutely nothing on planet Earth that the aliens can’t find in more abundance elsewhere. Precious metals, gasses for fuel (assuming they don’t have zero point energy or some shit that lets them get power from vacuum), and even water are all available in space and you can get this resources with zero resistance.
So I don’t think they would come here for any resources, unless they want our biosphere (which, for all we know, could be abundant in the galaxy).
#2, if aliens do show up one day but turn out to be hostile, there is absolutely nothing we can do to stop them. If they have been coming here (if you believe in that sort of thing), they have been doing so for a VERY long time. They know everything about us, including our weaknesses and how to exploit them.
Meanwhile, they are a species capable of FTL travel. Wiping us out would be as simple for them as flipping on a light switch. No jet-to-ship dog fights, no magical weak point to hit, no third-act secret weapon to save us. Just one press of that button and everything turns white–and then black.
So if they do come to Earth, they would need a damn good reason to. If our luck is truly awful and they actually want something from us, we’d better pray that it’s something that we don’t have to fight over because we wouldn’t stand a chance.”
7. All of a sudden…
“The assumption that they come in groups in some flying saucer. For all we know they might just ‘appear’ in hordes of thousands of not millions all across the planet.
Also, we like to think that aliens will share the same way of thinking as humans (i.e. reasoning, emotions, etc.). But the only reason we think that is because that’s the only thing we are familiar with. Aliens might have completely different emotions or thought processes than us but we won’t know because we never encountered them before.
It’s like the 4th dimension. At this point it’s pretty well established what it is but most of us (if not all) have no clue how to visualize or properly explain it.”
8. An interesting view.
“The scariest thing to me is thinking that aliens want nothing to do with us.
I don’t get why everyone thinks that aliens would attack us immediately. It’s one thing if we come into their territory, but if they stumble upon us we’re most likely safe. Them finding us would mean they are incredibly advanced. Anything they could get by attacking earth they could get far easier by harvesting it from a different planet in our solar system.
Unless they feed specifically on brainwaves, it isn’t worth the hassle to attack a planet teeming with life they may have some weapons, however primitive, that might be used against you.
It’s far more frightening to believe that aliens have/will one day discover us and won’t be interested, They won’t want us on their intergalactic counsels, they won’t want to give us medicine, they won’t want to form any bond.
If they decide to just leave humanity alone, that means either they have decided we are not worth saving, or that we are too close to destruction to be worth the resources.”
9. Now, that would be scary.
“That they could be massive.
Taller than buildings and eat us like bacon strips.”
10. Gone in an instant.
“That one day they will just wipe out our planet without us ever knowing why and that it will be so fast we don’t even realize it.”
11. We are inferior.
“The fact that they could pretty much see us as inferior life forms. Thus, they could make us slaves, their food or test subjects.
It wouldn’t be something personal, they just would look down on us like we would do with some ants, not even worth it changing the direction of a step to avoid killing.”
12. A planet in decline?
“That they’ve found us, observed from a distance for the past ten years or so, and have declared the planet a disaster area that nobody should ever visit.”
13. The Dark Forest.
“The Dark Forest theory kinda freaks me out. The universe is a dark forest. Every civilization is an armed hunter stalking through the trees like a ghost, gently pushing aside branches that block the path and trying to tread without sound.
Even breathing is done with care. The hunter has to be careful, because everywhere in the forest are stealthy hunters like him. If he finds another life—another hunter, angel, or a demon, a delicate infant to tottering old man, a fairy or demigod—there’s only one thing he can do: open fire and eliminate them.”
“The most horrifying thing about discovering aliens would be that the human race would have no idea how to process the aliens. We would be absolutely terrified of them because they would probably be beyond human comprehension.
Alien discovery would be one of the scariest things to ever happen to man kind.”
15. Just playing a game.
“That they could’ve been here the entire time, playing FarmVille with us.”
Do they exist…?
Time will tell…or maybe it won’t.
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