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We've always portrayed ourselves in science fiction as not being as strong as many other humanoid and non-humanoid species in the Galaxy. In many cases, we portray ourselves as relatively weak compared to our galactic counterparts, so we rely heavily on our ingenuity and creativity to even out the playing field. We see this quite a bit in sci-fi shows, like Star Trek.
But what if we're just the opposite? What if we are to the rest of the galaxy what the Krogans of Mass Effect and Klingons of Star Trek are to their universe? What if our propensity and skill at wreaking havoc and destruction is only made more fearsome by that same ingenuity and creativity that we always portray as our saving grace?
There are abduction stories about people being rigorously "trained" as super soldiers by alien races for whatever reasons. Or the reproductive, "hybrid" procedures that many people claim have been subjected to. And given the number of claims of abductions, sightings, and encounters with ETs, it stands to reason that we are being studied more and more as our species "comes of age." And, in most cases (that I have heard), there never seems to be a time when an ET physically overpowers the human subject, instead they use some form of Tech or telepathy to cause some form of paralysis to subdue us.
I know that we portray ourselves as not being the strongest or smartest as a way to check our "ego." As humans, we can be very full ourselves and convince ourselves that we are the smartest, strongest, most Badass things that we know of. But I'm not proposing this because I think it's cool or Badass, but rather somewhat frightening. What if we are the "monsters" in all of these sci fi stories that we fear to tangle with?
Food for thought.