[dropcap]We[/dropcap] love our science fiction, but we titter when we talk about UFOs. What never gets discussed is how valuable it would be if extraterrestrials turned out to be the real deal. If we had our heads on straight, instead of raising our eyebrows at reports of sightings, we would be investigating them.
Establishing the reality of an intelligence that’s at least comparable to ours would be the biggest news since Copernicus and Galileo. In their time, when it was established that Earth wasn’t the center of the solar system, humanity was freed from a worldview in which our planet dominated the known universe. In that humbling new reality our social order no longer could hold, and, in less than lordly light, kings gave way to democracies.
With problems being global now, it’s time for another new take on who we are and what we’re doing here. It’s imperative to get past the worldview of scientific materialism, which supports an “us or them” mentality in which whoever has the most toys wins and we resort to war to resolve conflicts. In relating to other intelligent life we would be one humanity, and the lid would be off the smallness in which we gun for one another.
It is reasonable to think that we can arrive at this awareness via the crop circle phenomenon.Scientific