If we discovered we were no longer alone and met a species of higher intelligence willing to make peace and assist us, would humanity ever put aside their major differences for the common goal of exploration and discovery?
Can we rise above our pettiness?
Can we rise above our pettiness? I very much doubt it. There are far too many people in positions of power who allow their personal insecurities to ruin the lives of others, and this has been going on for the last 5,000 years. I see no reason to think that humanity can rise above this abject position.
We cannot even live with ourselves as a single human race. We will not accept any other species. Some will claim that they were sent be the devil. Others will claim that they are wearing a costume and it is a conspiracy if they look different than us. Some will never give up the belief that we are god's chosen people, and that we are the center of the universe. We have to learn to live with ourselves first before we can even hope to accept another alien race.
The day we make “contact” will be a seminal moment for humanity to come together for a common goal. I believe some people will remain religious, unfortunately. I dream about a Star Trek-like existence. I think we could get close but our propensity for violence and greed will always keep us from this utopia.
I'd love to think we could and would boldly go but I fear the human species, once known across the cosmos, would set off alarm bells wherever we went and the pan galactic authoroites would have us with L plates on for eons because, quite frankly, we're lunatics.
It seems to me that we are useing the planets resources at such a rate that we don't have time to develop the technology for light speed travel before those resources are exhausted.
What happens when fossil fuels run out? Flying machines cannot use battery power and I don't think we can grow enough oil bearing plants to fill the fuel gap.
Any aliens out there are probably as grounded as we are!
When I was a kid growing up with ST Original Series I thought so. Not exactly like ST, even as a kid I knew it was TV fiction. But something like it. I wouldn't live to see it, the 23rd century. (Kinda of pissed me off then that I wouldn't live to see it. ) But we were going to the moon and it seemed like the right path. But now, I know I'm not going to miss anything, except seeing our species sink into oblivion. So, no, Star Trek is wonderful fantasy, like King Arthur. But it's not going to happen. What's so damn annoying is we could make it happen. We lack nothing to achieve it except the will to rise above our antiquated economic systems, our foolish prejudices, and our attachment to mysticism, supernaturalism and magic based thinking. Sad.