Something really bothers me about the idea of life on another planet.
When I think about how far we have come in only one or two billion years, I wonder, if life existed on another planet, it would either be way ahead of us, or way behind us.
Earthlings are now exploring the far reaches of the universe with telescopes and to some degree with satellite probes. Our technology is enabling us to listen to outer space just in case someone is out there, talking to themselves.
If they were way ahead of us technologically, wouldn't they have heard us talking to our probes? Wouldn't they have picked up one of our interstellar transmissions? Just by accident?
If they are so smart that they can send spaceships out to spy on us, doesn't that imply that they don't really want anything to do with us? Since UFOs have been reported regularly since the fifties, isn't it obvious they don't want to socialize? Can't they just say 'hi' ?
They must be so smart they realize messing with us has no upside. As advanced as we think we are, we probably look like the Flintstones to them. Getting involved with us would just be bringing home a stray dog.
And vica versa. should we stumble upon a planet that is supporting life, what if that species is the Flintstones? Why would we want to drop in and complicate their simple and innocent lives? So we could give them smartphones?
I have come to a realization that we probably should mind our own business. In fact, if there is a smarter race out there, they already came the same conclusion and are doing everything they can to avoid our detection.
It may feel good to bring that stray dog home, but it might not get along real well with the family cat.