Avi Loeb’s towering ambitions came into clearer focus after his latest missive appeared on his Medium blog yesterday. The Galileo Project leader envisions his organization as the vanguard for creating a unified response to what he presumes will be the Galileo Project’s proof of extraterrestrial visitations to Earth.
It is highly unlikely that any of our extraterrestrial neighbors care about our national borders, especially if they are more intelligent than we are. This is for the same reason that we do not care when visiting the jungle, which tree a chimpanzee occupies. Therefore, future insights about our cosmic neighbors should not stem from our national intelligence agencies but rather from an international scientific collaboration, like the Galileo Project.
Loeb obviously wants to set himself up as the voice of authority on extraterrestrial matters, and it is not difficult to conclude that as the pope of the church of ET, he also expects to play a leading role in establishing diplomatic relations with space aliens and aspires to be a united Earth’s voice.
Just as with the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change, an extraterrestrial visit is a global challenge for all of us to collectively cope with; this was already noted by President Ronald Reagan during a speech before the United Nations in 1987. And if we will not get our act together wisely, then cosmic Darwinian selection might wipe us out of existence — justifiably so.
Justifiably! Loeb considers it a cosmic moral judgment on humanity to die if Earth fails to deliver a single, global response. It’s clear that, like Ozymandias in Watchmen, he thinks that war, politics, disagreements—diversity of thought and belief—must give way to a unified world government, one guided, of course, by an enlightened scientific expert, like, say, Avi Loeb.
It’s utterly ridiculous.
Besides, how does he know aliens have one ideology, one government, and only one agenda? In his mind, intelligence can lead to only one conclusion, so disagreement becomes illogical. His impoverished idea of aliens, as it has been developing over the past two years, is frightening: emotionless automatons driven by pure reason, materialism, and existentialism, who apparently will wipe us out of existence because they care nothing for us. And we’re sure we want to find them?
Good thing Avi Loeb has a plan to save us all when he becomes Resident World Controller.
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