One of my favorite books is The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. In the guide, the sole description given to those on “the road” about Earth is:
I watched a documentary recently called “Unacknowledged.” For my money, it had the most compelling evidence yet as to whether we are alone in the universe. Chock full of declassified documents, all available online, it gave me the impression that there very well could be aliens and they very well could be visiting. (I still have my doubts, Big Brother, so keep your memory erasure thingies and your shadow figures the hell away from me.)
The most compelling thing for me was, not that aliens might exist or that the government might be covering it up. That is standard fare. I mean here’s my take on it. Say aliens do exist. (I am speaking hypothetically you shadow government, big brother bastards, so, nothing to see here) Until they land on the Whitehouse lawn or in the middle of Central Park and it becomes obvious to the whole world that they do exist, the whole question is academic.
If they do exist and the government is keeping it under wraps, there is nothing I can do to expose the truth, right? Not without apparently bringing a whole shit-storm down on my head. Even if that didn’t happen, goin down that rabbit hole is the way of obsession, and frankly, I don’t have the time. I have bills to pay.
If they do exist and have just decided not to make their overt presence known except with the occasional “buzzing of the tower” then there’s nothing I can do about that either. So, again it’s a cool conversation to have over drinks, but remains completely academic.
But here’s the thing, and what I found so compelling about the documentary. If these aliens exist, then the reason they are watching us, and the reason they have not welcomed us to the galactic community is the same.
They have deemed us not “Mostly Harmless.”
It seems that if they do exist then they are most concerned about humanity’s propensity for violence and self-destruction. Now, I’m listening. Having watched us for awhile now, they have come to the conclusion that we are bad neighbors. The kind of neighbor that trashes the neighborhood. The kind of neighbor that assaults and bullies his other neighbors. Like if the aliens did welcome us to the galactic community, some alien somewhere would say “There goes the neighborhood.”
And the evidence for that is overwhelming and without dispute.
So, if aliens do exist (and I am not saying they do, or maybe I am, but hey, you know, that’s just like, my opinion, man) then they have closed the exit ramp to Earth for the good of the Universe. And who could blame them?