I want to be there when human beings first make alien contact. Not because I believe that I am the ideal ambassador for humankind, but I want to be present for what will be the most important event in human history.
I can only speculate about the conditions of the meeting. Will we be the more advanced species? Will they come in peace? Will we even be able to communicate? This infographic provides a basic overview of what you should do in case you are the first human to meet extraterrestrials. It might be a good idea to read the infographic just in case you are stuck with the responsibility of representing humankind. Communicating with an alien that does not speak the same language or may not hear our aid frequency can prove to be a daunting task. Maybe they would speak the universal language of music like in Close Encounters of the Third Kind , so it’s time to start practicing piano again. If they did somehow understand English, I think Bill Nye (The Science Guy) asks the right questions. I hope that I am not alone when first contact is made because,without proof, who would believe me? I would feel like Jodie Foster in Contact.
Aside from the encounter itself, I want to see that change of perspective it would bring to our world. It would make all of our global, cultural, and individual differences across all human history seem so petty.
“Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph, they could become the momentar masters of a fraction of a dot.” -Carl Sagan
Luckily this post has made me consider what I would say to our new neighbors, because I was originally planning on asking which shows they had picked up .