Fate of the World in Your Words

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I came up with an interesting scenario and question last week, but didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle.  To be totally fair, I’m setting this post up on October 30th and will probably do a test run of this on my Facebook that tends to go ignored.  Anyway, here we go:

Aliens have brought you onto their orbiting, cloaked spaceship and have made one request. Briefly describe humanity as a whole to help them decide on their next course of action. They are prepared for peace, war, and everything in-between, so what do you say?  (NO POLITICS!  I SCHEDULED THIS DURING A MORE INNOCENT TIME!)

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So, I did this on Facebook like I said and every answer was to tell the aliens to wipe humanity out.  No description of the species, but a simple ‘kill us all’ message.  Others seemed to include the entire planet in there, which means all plants and animals would be obliterated too.  Guess if humans can’t survive then we’re taking everything down with us.  A rather interesting, yet believable, reaction to the scenario.  I’m only writing this part, so I don’t have to do it multiple times in the comments.

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Here’s my answer:

Humans are a flawed species that can do great good and great evil.  We can be smart individuals, but stupid when in a group.  Most are good who want only to survive.  You have members of humanity that wish to improve the world and set out to do so.  These don’t usually gravitate toward power and leadership, which tends to be held by those with narrower agendas.  Humans can be easily divided amongst themselves through fear and anger too.  Sadly, this tends to be directed at each other because we focus more on our differences than our similarities.  Most importantly, I don’t think you can judge our entire species as a whole.  Individuality must be taken into account when deciding the fate of humanity.

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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36 Responses to Fate of the World in Your Words

  1. L. Marie says:

    “Individuality must be taken into account when deciding the fate of humanity.” I agree, Charles. It’s interesting how the default response is to kill everyone. How could anyone learn from the mistakes made if everyone was wiped out?

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    • That surprised me too. I think part of it is because it’s a fake scenario. People typically don’t take those types of things seriously. Aliens may never turn up and put the fate of the world on one person’s shoulders. Yet, there is the other side of this type of exercise. It makes a person consider their own opinion of humanity as a whole instead of their personal circles.

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  2. quiall says:

    We should be left alone to succeed or fail of our own doing. Hopefully when (if) we reach the stars will have evolved enough to be worthy of our future.

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  3. According to some religious works, legends and a certain book / movie, the ‘saving of animals and a select few humans’ scenario has already been played out – and failed to cure the problem with the human species.
    In our eagerness to survive, the urge to dominate / eradicate life that’s different from us seems to be built into our DNA.
    If possible, it might be better to ask the Aliens to alter our DNA to remove this tendency – but then – we would no longer be ‘Human’ and probably also lack the drive to explore, invent, etc.
    Two things we do know though – life persists – even in the most extreme conditions – and that as one set of ‘Dominant Species’ declines or disappears, another ‘Dominant Species’ evolves to replace it.

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  4. Perhaps they will send you through the streets looking for one honest man. If you can find just one, we won’t destroy them… Okay, I looked for a different spin today because I was one of the Facebookers who wanted to blow it up.

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  5. Or the aliens have a highly developed ability to spot a lie.

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  6. N. N. Light says:

    Something to contemplate… very well said, Charles. 🙂

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  7. My response would be similar to your own. Judgement can’t be made based on the human race as a whole; there are humans who are good people who deserve to live, and humans who the world would be better off without. I don’t feel I’m the person to judge who deserves to live and who doesn’t, but I do believe that the choice should be made on an individual basis.

    I also don’t feel that the other animals of this world should suffer for the mistakes many humans have made… Many have suffered enough already. So if the aliens decide wiping out the entire human race is their best option, I hope they’ll spare the other living things of this planet.

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  8. I would tell them that life is a web with connections that are not always obvious. Pull a thread on one side, and it puckers on the other. Humans are part of the web, too complicated to describe in a pat sentence. They need to observe us for a long time before making any decisions.

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