A what 'if' thread on ET!
I have a few theories....
1. They are here and we are being controlled, lead, whatever way you want to look at it. Population control was provided by them in the form of illnesses such as Syphlis and AIDS. We are lead into wars etc etc.
2. We could possibly be an experiment...Just see how we can f*ck up a planet all on our own and they keep an observing eye on us from time to time.
3.We are of a matter of interest. They know we exist..they've been here, are here, or visit from time to time, but they don't know how we would react to disclosure. Religions as we know them would be made a mockery of if some truth came out that God didn't exist, for example. The religious fanatics would go nuts.
If disclosure had have happened years ago, it would be fantastic to have the simplistic view that people on this planet would be receptive to any ET's and we would all skip off into the distance hand in hand enjoying the knowledge that we could gain from them, and they in return from us.
Reality is that disclosure prob would bring fear, panic, mistrust and absolute fury from many areas. The 'kick off over anything' brigade would have a field day.
I would like to think we could benefit from legitimate known contact with ET's in a massive way. How brilliant would it be to vastly improve the technology even further than we have already, with no hold backs.
Cures for cancer perhaps? No, I forgot...that keeps the population down quite a bit...silly me.