We are accustomed to fantastic scenes, where aliens rush into earthly cities, destroy buildings, kidnap people. Moreover, most of these actions do not imply any serious motives. Because of this, a very negative attitude towards contact with aliens has developed. But what if we put aside our fears and doubts and give a chance to extraterrestrial intelligence? Can we learn something?
The Star Trek franchise is the simplest example. For example, the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996) tells us that a peaceful and tolerant version of the Earth originated from the Vulcan landing. In further parts, we learn that the Vulcans skillfully controlled the earthly government, shared technologies and led the Starfleet.
If we discard all disputes, this is an example of a positive impact. The crime rate declined, the economy began to flourish. And all thanks to the fact that earthly governments have become puppets in the hands of Vulcans.
In the “Star Trek” you can find a huge variety of other alien species that could attack us first or have a negative impact on humanity (up to the destruction of the Earth).
Interestingly, in the Mirror Universe (from “Star Trek”) it becomes known that the reason why a corrupt and ruthless Empire rises to the place of the Federation would be that people killed the Vulcans who arrived and did not shake their hands. But in the best version, we allow ourselves to govern and in return receive a better society. So in reality, aliens can affect us not with lasers and guns, but with a new ideology. Although technically it is not aliens, but a certain idea of ultra-rational, cold and insensible creatures who invented the rules for the peaceful survival of humanity. A similar idea is found in the collection I, the Robot, by Isaac Asimov. In one of the sections, the author described that humanity is under the control and preservation of robots. But this fact is hidden from the people.
In Arthur Clarke’s “The End of Childhood” novel, aliens are also shown in the form of Super-Rulers. Unlike Vulcans, they do not hide their plans. One of the main conclusions is that the aliens arrive at the most difficult moment for the Earth. They bring order, peace and stability. True, it also leads to cultural, artistic and creative stagnation. That is, wealth has led to the loss of human culture.
But Clark presents a more complex idea: the fear of aliens experienced by people is not a response to conquest, but an awareness of what happens if you fully obey the intellect, discarding sensuality. Therefore, with the arrival of aliens, our life may become better, but it is important to protect human culture. Or accept changes as an evolutionary leap, which you will have to accept.
It is interesting to present the moment of contact in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel “The Sirens of Titan”. There is a full-fledged invasion from Mars, complete with flying saucers. That's just the point is that people with brainwashed brainworms arrive on the plates, whose actions are controlled remotely. Earthlings attack and destroy "aliens". But the whole idea of invasion was based on showing that this visit revealed the worst trends of mankind, which, in fact, killed innocent people.
Films like “Independence Day” drum in the idea of evil aliens who will destroy us without any delay. But it is worth looking at the other side of the coin, where developed and peace-loving aliens will be able to improve our existence. What scenario are you leaning on?