wyweb - 4:48 pm on Sep 29, 2010 (gmt 0)
and feeding me mind-numbing drugs
That was the part I liked best.
But back on the alien issue...
The Prime Directive [en.wikipedia.org] does apply. It wasn't something Roddenberry made up. It was fed to him and I won't even touch on that right now. It's not his though. It's Universal.
Do not interfere. Observation is fine as long as you keep your distance.
Pre-warp doesn't apply here. We're lucky to reach the moon. We've sent some deep probes out there but our planet will be dead before they even breach our galaxy.
What's caught their interest is our nuclear capability. We shouldn't even have this technology yet. See, we skipped a step. You're supposed to get your planet in a harmonious balance first. Go green - then split atoms. We got it out of whack and now they're coming around to make sure we don't really mess things up, which is what we usually do.
I, for one, am glad they're here, or at least in the neighborhood. I have a landing pad painted out on the roof of my house. I have the domain AliensHaveFinallyLanded.com. I have 10,000 t-shirts and 5,000 coffee cups sitting in a warehouse. I've missed out out on all the other ones. I'll be on top of this one though.