Image from The New York Times.
Although the Pentagon claimed a program investigating UFOs ended a while back, it continues to this day. Not only that, but the government will make some findings public. An astrophysicist who consulted with the Pentagon even said of some of the objects: “We couldn’t make it ourselves,” and spoke of “off-world vehicles not made on this earth,” according to The New York Times.
This comes after alleged UFO sightings around the world. People have reported (and even videotaped!) strange clusters of lights in the night sky. In May of this year, people in Mage, Brazil captured the phenomenon in the act, and many civilians even expressed concern that a UFO had crashed in the rainforest. There have also been multiple sightings in the U.S., including in Houston, Cleveland, Detroit, and California.
Of course, this does not necessarily mean aliens are on Earth and living among us, slowly but surely planning their inevitable colonization of our planet and axiomatically, humanity itself… but it could. Senator Marco Rubio expressed concern for Russian or Chinese aircrafts and advancements not yet paralleled by the United States. This reflects the original purpose of the Pentagon program, created during the Cold War, and while certainly less fantastical than the extraterrestrial theory, it’s the most plausible.
On the other hand, the universe is far too vast for Earth to be the only planet with intelligent life. To think that we are alone in an infinitely large, constantly-expanding space containing billions of planets and solar systems would be an unfounded assumption based entirely on hubris. So, let’s imagine for a moment that the answer is aliens and that there is evidence of extraterrestrial life that has made its way to Earth.
What would this mean?
Personally, I think humanity would not be able to handle that information. We have seen the world respond to international conflict, civil wars, epidemics, and a variety of other issues, and truthfully, I don’t think we’ve ever had a constructive, satisfactory collective response to anything. If there truly were aliens coming to Earth, humanity would be at a complete loss. Some countries would react cautiously, but most would probably respond aggressively and problematically.
Anyway, if there ever were a time for an alien invasion, I think we can all agree 2020 is the time. After all that we’ve been through, what’s the added knowledge of extraterrestrial intelligent life and the possible threat of colonization and extermination? Not much, if you ask me. Bring it on, aliens.