The New Message from God speaks of the shock of the future and how to mitigate it. One thing I am doing is reading science-fiction novels. One book I have particularly enjoyed is the book “The Three-Body Problem,” written in 2014 by Liu Cixin, and translated into English by Ken Liu. Here is the premise.
Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
We think too highly of our visitors
One of the main characters of the book is Ye Wenjie, an astrophysicist. During the Cultural Revolution, she witnessed her father, a physics professor, beaten to death by Red Guards. Later, through an unusual turn of events, she got to read the book “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson. This book was not readily available in China at that time. After reading Silent Spring, Ye Wenjie thought: “If this was so, then how many other acts of humankind that had seemed normal or even righteous were, in reality, evil?” As a result of these two events, Ye Wenjie lost her faith in humanity.
I have already written about the possible disastrous consequences of seeking to establish contact with aliens. The New Message from God teaches there is an extraterrestrial intervention currently underway. Part of this is an attempt to cause humanity to lose faith in human leadership and human institutions.
Perhaps we should rethink our attitude
We think too highly of our visitors. Liu Cixin wrote a postscript to The Three-Body Problem. In this postscript he shares something he considers to be an anomaly:
“There’s a strange contradiction revealed by the naïveté and kindness demonstrated by humanity when faced with the universe. On Earth, humankind can step onto another continent, and without a thought, destroy the kindred civilizations found there through warfare and disease. But when they gaze up at the stars, they turn sentimental and believe that if extraterrestrial intelligences exist, they must be civilizations bound by universal, noble moral constraints, as if cherishing and loving different forms of life are parts of a self-evident universal code of conduct.
I think it should be precisely the opposite. Let’s turn the kindness we show toward the stars to members of the human race on Earth and build up the trust and understanding between the different peoples and civilizations that make up humanity. But for the universe outside the solar system, we should be ever vigilant, and be ready to attribute the worst of intentions to any Others that might exist in space. For a fragile civilization like ours, this is without a doubt the most responsible path.”
Will we take the most responsible path?
We think too highly of our visitors. We confuse advanced technology with advanced spirituality. The Europeans had better technology than the Native Americans and the Aztecs. It didn’t make them better people. Are extraterrestrials spiritually advanced? It ain’t necessarily so. The New Message from God teaches what is currently a minority viewpoint on the subject of extraterrestrials.
Maybe there are other things we should work on. How about developing our vigilance? How about developing the requirements for freedom (unity, self-sufficiency and discretion)? I’m with Liu Cixin. Let’s turn the kindness we show toward the stars to members of the human race on earth. We think too highly of our visitors.
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