Imagine you are out for a walk and you see a strange object in the sky. It lands near you and a door opens. Out comes a creature that looks nothing like you. It has tentacles, scales, and eyes on stalks. It makes a weird noise and points a device at you. What do you do?
If you ever find yourself in this situation, don’t panic. You may have just made first contact with an extraterrestrial being. This could be the most important moment in human history, or the last one. It all depends on how you communicate with the alien.
Here are some tips on how to talk to an alien and not get killed:
- Don’t assume the alien is hostile or friendly. It may have different motives and emotions than you. It may not even have emotions at all. It may be curious, scared, bored, or hungry. Try to be calm and respectful, but also cautious and alert.
- Don’t assume the alien can understand you or vice versa. It may have a different language, logic, or perception than you. It may not even use sound or sight to communicate. It may use smells, colors, shapes, or telepathy. Try to find a common way to communicate, such as using mathematics, gestures, or symbols.
- Don’t assume the alien shares your values or morals. It may have a different culture, religion, or ethics than you. It may not even have any of these things at all. It may value life differently than you do. It may not care about your rights, feelings, or beliefs. Try to be tolerant and open-minded, but also firm and clear about your boundaries.
- Don’t assume the alien is alone or represents its entire species. It may have companions, allies, or enemies nearby. It may not even belong to a species at all. It may be an artificial intelligence, a rogue agent, or a hybrid. Try to be friendly and diplomatic, but also wary and prepared for any surprises.
Remember, first impressions matter. If you follow these tips, you may have a chance to establish a peaceful and meaningful relationship with the alien. If not, you may end up as its dinner or experiment.