It’s an interesting thought. Edgar Mitchell said in an interview that 70% of our population believe in extraterrestrial life, seven out of ten people, can that be right!
I wanted to gather opinions on the matter and popped the question to my girlfriend. It wasn’t the question she had hoped, but she answered nonetheless. Her response was shocking to say the least, she didn’t care one way or the other because it wouldn’t impact her day to day life. My first thought was to end our relationship immediately, but decided against it. We all have our opinions! It was obvious to me that she hadn’t thought it through, it may not impact our day to day life if they are not hostile and simply observe and pass us by, but what if they decide to stay! Imagine a distant relative visiting for a few days, which is all great and fun, but what happens when the visit is extended and no longer welcomed? In the case of a relative, as awkward the situation might be, we can always send them away, but will we be able to do the same to our galactic relatives? It can certainly get messy and impact our day to day operations.
Getting back to the topic at hand, I’ve spoken to friends and colleagues and it does appear that the belief is not so outrageous as it once was. People are more engaging when it comes to the topic and embrace the possibility of life outside our planet.