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How would mankind handle an alien invasion ?

June 1, 2020 | Comment icon 86 comments

'War of the Worlds' depicts one potential alien invasion scenario. Image Credit: Henrique Alvim Correa
There are distinct similarities between the coronavirus pandemic and a potential extraterrestrial threat.
There's no denying that the threat posed by Covid-19 is unprecedented in the modern age.

This invisible killer - indiscriminate in whose lives it takes - is a global threat, impacting the lives of people all across the world, no matter their spiritual, philosophical or political views or alignments.

In many ways it is the closest thing we have ever faced to an actual alien invasion - a threat to our very existence that has required us to pool together our resources and efforts.

The virus doesn't care what race you are, what you believe or where you come from and neither would an extraterrestrial invader.
Former US President Ronald Reagan once famously said - "I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world."

Sadly, in the case of the coronavirus, this hasn't happened. Squabbling, finger-pointing and conflicting approaches have marred the global response effort and made the situation worse than it needed to be. Mankind has tried to unite in its response to the virus, but it hasn't quite worked out as it should.

So in the event of an alien attack, would we all be able to pull together ? Would mankind be able to put on a united front against a common enemy like in the movie Independence Day ?

Sadly, based on what we've seen so far, it's difficult to believe that it would.

Source: Psychology Today | Comments (86)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #77 Posted by OverSword 9 months ago
Only if they are willing to render the planet uninhabitable.  If not then they will just kill most of us before an intense gorilla war starts that we will probably win since we're already dug in and all xeno scum must die. 
Comment icon #78 Posted by psyche101 9 months ago
I don't think there would be any war. 
Comment icon #79 Posted by OverSword 9 months ago
Me neither. I’ve read a few books by Walter Jon Williams (sci-fi) that show convincingly that the people that run the point of contact between two alien races, assuming both are somewhat advanced, will be hugely enriched and each become the dominant entity in their spheres of influence. I recommend Angel Station by Williams as a fun read on the subject. He’s definitely up there in my favorite authors in the genre 
Comment icon #80 Posted by psyche101 9 months ago
I'd agree that violence is unlikely as it would hamper a technological rise to begin with. If there was a hostile visitor, it would happen from space. Drop a few  volatile substances or a pathogen from orbit and they can just wait until life is extinguished before actually setting foot on the planet. I can't see aliens in hand to hand combat. 
Comment icon #81 Posted by Nuclear Wessel 9 months ago
Neither can I--one would presume that any civilization technologically sophisticated enough to purge us would likely do so from space. It's a logical assumption, for sure. That said, we could never truly know as we can only think based in the context of a human. What is a "logical thought" to us may not ever even occur to them, and vice-versa.  
Comment icon #82 Posted by bison 9 months ago
Given the age of our galaxy, and the stars in it, its been calculated that the average extraterrestrial civilization should be about a billion years our senior. That seems like a very long time, even at sublight travel velocities, during which they could have occupied, exploited, invaded or obliterated any planet that they wished. We have no evidence that any of this has ever occurred on Earth. Perhaps these elder civilizations  long ago outgrew their taste for violence, and conquest. They may even have found that they didn't need our minerals, or water. A really advanced, galaxy-wide civiliza... [More]
Comment icon #83 Posted by jmccr8 9 months ago
Hi Nuke Neither can I, I would ply them with booze and women and hi-jack their ship to get the He double ll out of here. jmccr8
Comment icon #84 Posted by Cookie Monster 9 months ago
Depends if they are going to be doing the classic `anal probe` in which case mass resistance is needed lol.
Comment icon #85 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 9 months ago
While it's a good point there is one important aspect... Everyone would be forced to cooperate and fight for survival because of hungry aliens. That changes a lot. As for Covid i do not see it as a failure of cooperation but rather as failure of individual systems. Many nations were totally unprepared and lacked a lot and in my opinion that also influenced each ability to offer help abroad, having enough troubles at home. These Covid problems all stem from those many holes in systems across almost every nation. It might serve as wake up call but price payed for mistakes of populists and money ... [More]
Comment icon #86 Posted by Autochthon1990 9 months ago
It'd go well until the exact moment some greasy weirdo tries to **** one. 

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