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“The Visit” (as titled) released in 2015. is a science and real world approach to an ET visitation of Earth.
Many thanks for bringing this documentary to our attention. I have just watched it, and my perception was that it covered more about our reaction to
the visit, rather than focussing on the visit itself. I think we can loosely associate this documentary with the recent film “Arrival” based on the
short story ‘The Story of Your Life’ by Ted Chaing. Whilst watching the documentary, I found myself taking notes and asking my own questions, some of
which were asked in the programme. If I may, I will just ramble on out loud with my own assumptions, but they will be assumptions that carry some
grains of fact and truth whilst treating the scenario as real.
We are visited by a species not of planet earth. Regardless of all the profound differences there could be between us, we would share at least three
common aspects with each other…we are both to some degree or another…self-aware, sentient, and intelligent. The fact that they have come to us
from some distance and overcome the obstacles of space flight, would signal to us that they are either slightly or far more technologically advanced
than we are. Another aspect we can consider as a fact would be that their openness to let us know they are here, and not hide from us, would also
signal to us that they are both confident and comfortable in doing so. They would not hold any fear of us. All the fear and anxiety, coupled with an
intense curiosity, would be ours.
I doubt very much that an advanced non-earth intelligence would simply appear to us without firstly having done a reconnaissance of the earth, and all
its life forms, and especially of us. They would have monitored our radio signals that have left (and continue to leave) our planet, studied them, and
learned a great deal and drawn their own conclusions. They would obviously know far more about us, than we about them, such as our capabilities. Why
would they come to planet earth?
They would not come to earth for material resources such as water or minerals, as they could easily get them unencumbered from other planets that do
not hold life. No. If we are ever visited by a non-earth intelligence, it would be because of their detection of intelligence on earth. We would be
the reason for their visit, with the wide diversity of organic life on earth being a bonus.
The prime consideration for first contact would be for understanding each other’s dialogue. Knowing what we both mean would be crucial to omitting
misunderstanding of intent and reactive responses. I would think it incumbent upon the visitor to have sorted out translation issues, and that the
onus would be upon them to provide the means for communication to take place, which they could do from having intercepted our radio signals. It would
be a very great obstacle if they were to just appear without having sorted some means to communicate with us already.
As stated earlier, the greater fear and anxiety, even suspicion, would come from us. We would want to know as soon as possible what their intentions
are towards us. We would want to learn if they have hostile or benign (even benevolent) intentions. The former we would acquire from their actions,
whilst the latter from their communications. Their visitation would cause both shock and awe psychologically and spiritually, governments would need
to control reactions, and they could do this by being entirely transparent and honest with continual updates via emergency communication channels, TV,
radio, internet, and mobile text messaging.
We would require the right group of people to represent all of humanity when communication dialogue begins with the visitors. From our radio signals
they would already know a fair amount on the diversity of our ethnicities, our beliefs, our artistic endeavours, our histories (both good and bad),
and our military and weapon capabilities. As long as we received a reciprocal equivalence in information exchange, we would not need to be too
concerned or suspicious.
It would be right and correct that the visitation be short (a matter of days), and consist of nothing more than information exchange, with agreed
timings (say ten year gaps) for further visits until we ourselves are comfortable with their presence and the knowledge of it. The process of
establishment between our two species must inevitably be slow and deliberate. It will be harder for us to habituate ourselves to them rather than they