What do extraterrestrials and Americans have in common?
English. They all speak English.
Their place of origin hardly ever matters. They can be from Mars, Pluto or Andromeda but they all know the language that NASA speaks! Illogical yet appropriate for a generation that pursues candy crush.
However in reality, if an alien on a massive mother ship stopped by to say ‘hello,’ we would all freak out screaming ‘End times!!!’ Unless we speak the SAME language, we would end up destroying each other. Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking knows that:
“One day, we might receive a signal from a planet like this,” Hawking says in the documentary, referring to a potentially habitable alien world known as Gliese 832c. “But we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
The greatest obstacle to international understanding is the barrier of language. Christopher Dawson
Though we spend billions on space exploration, do you think we’d be happy to see a gigantic mother ship hovering over our heads? No. As long as we don’t understand the message and the messenger, we will be afraid of the floating glory. So we’d find ways to destroy the Ship.
During the process, we’d also destroy ourselves. For we’d come up with a million ways to handle the problem, and through that, we’d have a billion disagreements which would lead to the production of a trillion weapons. In our desire to destroy the mother ship, we’d only end up destroying one another.
Who can ascend the Mother Ship and contact the alien?
Who can speak and find out the nature of the visit?
Who can venture into the unventured zone?
Sadly there is no one
to get in and get out
unhurt by the unfathomable heart.
For none does possess the gift of
deciphering the alien’s tongue.
Therefore no one dares to venture
into The abyss above.
So we let it linger atop our heads
unexplored, unventured, unloved
While we go about our daily tasks
Toiling beneath the shadow of the Mothership
That threatens to wreak havoc
One day or another.