Uniting Humanity: First Contact
"Harmony exists no less in difference than in likeness, if only the same key-note govern both parts."
Last week I wrote about the idea of eliminating currency as a method of uniting the human race. While no one decided posting their opinion was worth it, plenty approached me with one question, "Do you really think that eliminating money would eliminate human greed?"
No, I don't think eliminating money would eliminate human greed, but I do think it would help to illuminate it. In today's society, the more money you have, the further you are able to isolate yourself from societal responsibility behind walls, laws, and legislation. Without money, human greed would easily be called out. Those infected with it would hoard resources that belong to society and would be dealt with accordingly.
Would it still be a factor? Yes, but one can only hope that a select few would learn from their past and affect some change on the future.
Now, let's talk about first contact with an alien species!
Over the years, countless iterations of first contact have spilled across the page, shined on the big screen, and played upon our boundless imaginations. So much so, that when you think about the event, there is very little solid information to go upon, you have to rely solely upon imagination. Frankly, I could care less how it goes. I only care that it does happen, as the resulting unity is inevitable.
Example One: The aliens arrive and deem us unworthy, commence stripping our planet of natural resources, and enslaving our people....unity would be inevitable.
Example Two: The aliens arrive and want to communicate, cohabitate, and just live long and prosper...unity would be inevitable.
In the first example, survival would drive humanity to unity (terrible tangential moment...notice the similarity in the words humanity and unity). Nothing makes you want to latch on to your fellow humans like facing the deep abyss of death. End of story on this one...that's why they call survival a basic instinct.
In the second example, curiosity, some subtle self-awareness, and logic would unite humanity. Let's just say that the aliens set up base camp in your back yard. For the first time in centuries, all of humanity would be called together as a species to witness a wonder critical to all. Pay attention to humanity...not Russian, not American, not Swiss, not Brit....human.
Yes, common knowledge and a fair bit of precedent dictate that each country would attempt to set up stakes, but they would be held back by one immutable factor...language.
There is very little chance that an alien species would communicate in the same way that we do, but they would understand mathematics...the universal language. As much as we try, there is no separation in our planet's mathematics. We are all governed by laws beyond our own.
This fact alone would unite us in the mind of an alien visitor and we would, most likely, have to maintain that unity (or at least the illusion of unity, which is still a step in the right direction) in order to facilitate an inter-species relationship.
I am well aware of the fact that, based on our history, the thought of humanity uniting in the face of a species different than our own is a stretch. Despite our continued blundering, I have high hopes for humanity and our capacity for actual progress.
Let me know what you think below and stay tuned for more Uniting Humanity!