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[–] turtlesarepureevil [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

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[–] BakedMofoBread 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thank God that our position on the Orion arm of the galaxy is near the edge of the Galactic Habitable Zone. We're in the Milky-Way equivalent to Ascension Island, except the "west" side of the island is the Intergalactic Void.

Likely, even if an alien civilization is looking for threats, we're likely in the periphery of their detection ability, or outside where they actually bother to look.

The "Great Silence" is likely due to radio getting inefficient beyond a planet's immediate surroundings. I suppose that longer-range communication would use a different technological foundation; one with which we're unfamiliar - perhaps modulated gravitational waves?

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[–] PM_me_your_mitts 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I dislike this entire argument. It is based entirely in fear.

Mobbers and muggers and drug dealers exist in our world... but are they are natural part of it or do we recognize that those who act that way haven't been taken care of properly by our system of living. War on drugs, laws and other things have set people up to be fearful which as led to what we see and what we might fear.

To approach the whole universe from the perspective is sad.

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[–] Fibbideh 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This isn't necessarily about civilization, it's about life. Life's rules are simple: live long enough to reproduce or die before you do. Strong species do the former. Weak species do the latter. Strong survives. Weak doesn't.

It's simple. Strong doesn't necessarily mean smart or literally strong; it means it can play life's rules.

It doesn't matter the scale of this matter. From bacteria to spaceships, all life plays these rules. Fear keeps you alive. Fear is the embodiment of desperate self preservation. This is why fear is the most basic emotion across all levels of intelligence. Cockroaches can't love, but they can fear. Flys can't be sad or happy, but they can fear. Sea anemone can't be angry, but they have fear instincts.

All successful life feels self preservation to themselves or their species to some degree. If something's a threat fear takes hold and intelligence does the rest.

If something you don't know, with a degree of intelligence so alien to you that you literally cannot comprehend it's thought process, has a weapon to kill you and everything you know instantly how would you feel? I'd be a little scared.

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[–] PM_me_your_mitts 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You're speaking from a scope of rules/information that is only within the realm of what we have currently been told. Biology and Darwinism are perspectives that you seem to be embracing. Those aren't the only ways of looking at life and we are continuously finding new and fascinating things out about our universe that rock previous perspectives. Quantum physics as well as spiritualism and rediscovery of ancient knowledge show us a different approaches.

Fear can certainly be advantageous in the moment in order to react and survive... but it is no way to live an entire life.

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[–] PM_me_your_mitts 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

I've had my wallet stolen. I've been cheated on. I've been threatened to be killed. I've been physically assaulted.

I'm not okay with being treated that way but I understand that those who exhibit those behaviors do so because their life led them up to a point where they believed that was the best way to deal with the situation. So I take those moments as an opportunity to try to show them something better.