Reality 1: Life on earth is the only life in the whole universe, and so if anything detrimental ever happened to us or earth, the universe would be void of all life. The signals we're sending out to the cosmos today will never be heard by any one or any thing. We are truly alone, and we're simply an unintended accident in a universe built to never sustain intelligent life (or any life for that matter) again after our passing. The Universe is dead, and eventually, mankind will be too.
Reality 2: The universe, including our galaxy, is very populated with intelligent life, but the reason why we haven't found/come into contact with that intelligent life in our galaxy is because they are smart enough to remain quiet to avoid detection by a singular supreme intelligent species which views other intelligent life the same way we view cancer. If they found us, they would deal with us as Europeans dealt with native Americans when first discovering North America. Unlike earth, which is constantly broadcasting blindly into the cosmos today, other intelligent life have seen the threat and choose to stay silent
- Reality 1 is more creepyVote A
- Reality 2 is more creepyVote B
Most Helpful Girl
Reality 2 is way more creepy because it means there's a hidden threat and that at any moment something could instantly destroy the Earth.
I'm ok with reality one because in the end, billions of creatures got their time under the sun. Everything must die (at least on this planet) I regret the life of pain and misery many beings felt during their short lives. But I don't think the big picture in reality 1 is as bad as it could be. And stepping outside the parameters of this question, I do think there is life on other planets.1
Most Helpful Guy
Reality 2 is more creepy in my opinion.
1.) In regards to reality 1, does it really matter that we are alone? If we were to never find any other extraterrestrial life in our lifetimes, would our personal lives be affected? Sure, phrasing it in such a way as per the description makes it sound bleak, but I think it'd be just fine if Earth was alone. We have each other, so how alone are we really? Mankind has operated just find under the notion that we are alone (in that we haven't found any other intelligent life)
2.) Reality 2, on the other hand, has an all powerful threat looming over us. I find the idea of potential eradication/extermination of mankind more scary than being alone in the universe. It would mean that all it takes is one alien race to snap and boom-- there goes Earth as we know it.
3.) Likewise, going back to reality 1, how much of Earth dying (let's say, 200 years from now) would affect me on a personal level? If World War VII broke out and giganuclear bombs eradicated all life, I'd have been dead for 120 years+ by then. Plus, we are almost certain to die out eventually in some fashion. Disease, war, the sun dying, whatever... it's bound to happen.
However, the risk of us killing ourselves would naturally be less than the risk of us killing ourselves + the risk of alien extermination.1