Now that the extraterrestrial hypothesis is less and less of a hypothesis



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Il futuro
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                 The December 16, 2017 New York Times and Politico articles that exposed the Pentagon's AATIP program for UFO/UAP research kicked off a chain of events of a magnitude that it is not far-fetched to call epochal.

By demonstrating to the U.S. and international public that the UFO/UAP phenomenon is real and serious to the point that organs of the U.S. government studied it covertly for many years while spending millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars on it, these articles have had the effect of unlocking in the public opinions’ perception the notion that the UFO/UAP phenomenon is real and concrete.

Now, after almost six years, the temporal perspective allows us to understand how lending credibility to the UFO/UAP phenomenon was enough to set in motion a chain of events, still ongoing, that could have consequences of enormous significance for the destinies of all of Earth's humanity.

The lending of credibility to the phenomenon that the two articles have brought can be compared to the removal of one piece of a dam causing the chain failure of other pieces and eventually the failure of the whole dam. The dam in question is the one that has always kept the UFO/UAP phenomenon away from the attention of the U.S. and world public through two means: secrecy and discredit.

Diga che perde acqua

By removing the discredit and thus making the UFO/UAP phenomenon a matter worthy of credibility and consideration, the secret is also crumbling. We refer to this process that will lead to the removal of secrecy about the UFO/UAP phenomenon by the name of Disclosure.

Of course, things do not happen by accident: discredit does not evaporate on its own like frost in the sun and the secret does not dissolve like ice at the equator. Today it is clear that in this process of Disclosure there appears to be some form of direction that manages at least the most delicate aspect of the dissolution of the secret, but this is not the topic I intend to focus on in this article.

The really important point is that the dissolution of secrecy will very likely bring consequences of existential importance for the entire humanity that populates this planet, the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, or HSS.

In fact, it seems likely to assume that the Disclosure process will at the very least lead to the confirmation of the presence on planet Earth of intelligent Non-HSS beings, and that what are now called 'manifestations of the UFO/UAP phenomenon' are nothing more than the evolutions of their means of transportation observed by earthlings.

Along with this confirmation will likely come the confirmation that not only may such a presence have been artfully concealed from the military chain of command and political control of the U.S. Congress - as well as from the attention of world public opinion - but also that some non-human assets (read UFOs/UAPs) have somehow been acquired and secretly studied by agencies of the U.S. government while keeping the oversight organs in the dark. Certainly, these are very serious matters from the point of view of the functioning of the U.S. government machine.

The issue of greatest importance does not concern the more or less proper functioning of the governmental machine of some earthly state, though. It can affect no less than the fate of the HSS species that populate this planet.

The fate of the Homo Sapiens Sapiens race is at stake, because we know well from our history that encounters between cultures separated by a large development gap always result in serious, if not fatal, harm to the less developed culture.

In my capacity as a member of ICER, which was formed precisely to address these issues, I would like to draw attention to the fact that the consequences that the Disclosure process could bring are of such colossal magnitude that it is imperative to address them right now, no matter how small the actual chances of this happening may be.

So how to handle contact with 'others'?

The first point to consider is that knowledge brings with it responsibility.

A responsibility that comes in a number of different ways, the first of which relates to the private sphere of all of us. Let us avoid making Disclosure a trivial object of football-like cheer or treating it as one of many TV serials, or even less as an entertainment program intended to tickle vain curiosities. Disclosure is a darn serious business; let us all keep that in mind.

This responsibility must also decline to the level of our planetary home.

The responsibility not to mistreat this planet, which is not only ours but which we have probably shared for a very long time with those 'others' who observe us, and the responsibility to treat each other well, brothers of one species beyond any regime, ideology or religion.

Calvin e Hobbes

Finally comes the declination of this responsibility in a cosmic perspective.

As long as we were 'blissfully ignorant,' the sense of responsibility could well remain an abstract concept. But if and when from ignorant we become knowledgeable and learn that we are not alone nor unique at all, things become very, very different. For we will learn that we are only one of many species living in a universe teeming with life forms, from the most basic to the most evolved. That the most evolved can travel through the cosmos as we travel from one city to another. That certain civilizations have existed since the Earth did not yet exist, and have been on this planet or visiting it in passing since time immemorial. That these other civilizations are watching us, and above all that we are nowhere near as evolved as we like to think.

Next, humility.

We need to be aware that after being dethroned from the center of the universe, our last remaining privilege, namely anthropocentrism, is about to collapse.

Copernicus' Book
De Revolutionibus Orbium Celestiorum, the work by which Nicholas Copernicus removed the Earth from the center of the universe - from

We will necessarily have to resign ourselves to not being unique at all, and very likely not even the most developed/intelligent species in the universe.

We will also have to resign ourselves to not feeling that we are unchallenged masters of this planet (note that I deliberately did not use the term 'our planet'), because - Disclosure aside - there are many traces that make the presence of 'Non-Human Intelligences' on this planet likely from time immemorial, perhaps even long before the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens made its appearance. And that, like it or not, we will also have to get aware of and used to feeling observed by these 'others' in what we have always considered our home.

But also dignity.

Humility yes, but this does not mean that we should belittle ourselves in front of these "others," whoever they may be. That is, we should not feel inferior or mortify ourselves in front of those who might appear to be perfect beings. If anything, having before our eyes the living example of a virtuous civilization should urge us to work to improve our own.

More importantly, we will have to fight the tendency to see these "others," however good and perfect they may appear to us, as saviors or redeemers who have come to alleviate humanity's afflictions on Earth.

If these 'others' have reached the high level of development it takes to get this far, it is probably because they possess a high sense of morality. Although we do not know what the dictates of a cosmic morality might be, it would seem logical to assume that such morality prohibits evolved civilizations from meddling in the development of less developed civilizations, just as the Prime Directive of Star Trek states.

La prima direttiva di Star Trek

This means that, most likely, while we will not have to worry about interference from these 'others,' we will also not have to expect, or hope, that they will intervene to solve the many problems plaguing Earth's humanity. If anything, as I said before, we should rather devote ourselves to improving our civilization ourselves.

And peer-to-peer dialogue.

The application of this dignity necessarily leads to prefiguring an equal dialogue with these 'others,' whoever they may be, if and when the time comes to engage in dialogue.

Here it is a case of remembering that everyone, whether more or less developed, always brings with them something good and interesting. These 'others' may find some aspects of Homo Sapiens Sapiens civilization interesting, and we may find something interesting in theirs.

Fruitful cooperation and mutual enrichment can arise from a meeting between serious and responsible parties. What, on the other hand, can ever arise from a meeting where one party stands as a beggar trepidatingly hoping for a handout from the better and more virtuous party?

To put it bluntly, how would you prefer the dialogue with 'others' to unfold?

Like this:

Children begging

Or like this:


In conclusion

These were the considerations that as a member of ICER I feel it is necessary to share about Disclosure and the posture to be held by our species should the Disclosure process confirm the existence and presence on Earth of intelligent beings not belonging to our species.

Of course, an event of such immeasurable magnitude will produce a tremendous number of different problems and issues that will need to be addressed. For as many as may be such problems, what we have seen constitutes the most important conceptual toolkit to be equipped with in order to avoid the greatest danger that can be expected in the event of open contact with Non-Homo Sapiens Sapiens intelligences: the cultural collapse of Earth's humanity.

This is in fact a very high risk that, if until today it could have been at most the subject of theoretical dissertation, from now on it must be treated as an event with perhaps reduced but by no means zero probability.

And, I would stress again, the sheer magnitude of such an event -though it is only potential at the moment- is such that it demands to act proactively in order to give serious consideration to what its consequences might be.

At this point it seems fair to state with the great Arthur C. Clarke that the process of Disclosure will very likely lead Earth's humankind to the end of its childhood, as he titled one of his most famous novels.

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Only with proper and responsible approach and preparation for the official and public contact and subsequent dialogue with 'others' will the Homo Sapiens Sapiens species be able to overcome this inevitable trauma of growth unharmed.

This is exactly why ICER exists.

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