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!)
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.
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.