First off, it would be rather iggnorant to think that in all the vast reaches the entire Universe that we Earth dwellers are alone and/or the highest form of life. My personal belifs are that there should be at least some other planet that is still sustaining life on it. If it happend here on Earth, why can't it happen elsewhere?
ON THE TOPIC OF HOSTILITY WITH/FROM OTHER WORLDLY LIFEFORMS: the number 1 rule to remember is show that you are not hostile and want to be friends. I believe that they'd be scared of us too. I mean, they would be on a foreign planet with foreign forms of inteligent life... culture shock alone could make any being a little defensive. Maybe if were good hosts they'll teach us about space travel or help us find a new home world WHEN our planet dies? I'd give shelter to a person from another planet, I may nothave much but it's better than being out in the elements right? Plus I think Universal Peace should be a #1 priority. However, this is not to say we should bow to anyone. My policy with invaders is a generalized one, this goes for local and foreign invanders too: IF YOU WANT TO OVERTAKE MY LAND, YOU HAVE TO KILL ME FIRST! But as long as their peaceful vistors or have no other place to go, I'm cool with them if their cool with me. ;D
The Catholic Church has been observing the cosmos as well and even they say: "Treat Aliens as brothers" which in the grand sceme of things... isn't that how we should all treat one another? Many people of faith say that even if other inteligent beings were discovered and our races/walks of life met that their belifs wouldn't be effected. Personally, why would their belifs be questioned then? THEY NEVER QUESTION THEM OTHERWISE!
What are your thoughts/opinions on this subject if any?
MSN VIDEO THAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ-BF1YcjC8