A few days ago, a friend noticed that among my small DVD collection is a copy of Contact. Contact, as you may recall, is a movie about aliens making contact with Earth, and how we respond.
It used to be one of my favorite movies, and I still recognize it for the highlights, but I haven’t watched it in a long time due to the gaping plot holes.
But it got me thinking: What if aliens–intelligent life from outside Earth’s hemisphere–showed up one day? Say, hypothetically, a massive alien spacecraft touched down over Prague, mechanical anchors the size of skyscrapers securing the vehicle in place. It’s an arrival, not an invasion. And it’s just one alien superstructure, only over Prague.
What would you do? How would this affect you?
Here’s the odd thing to me: I don’t think it would change a thing about my daily life. Sure, I’d check the news a lot more to get the latest reports about the aliens. I’d be morbidly curious to see photos of the technology (and, hopefully, the aliens themselves).
But I’d still wake up every day, work, eat, play with the cats, floss, and go to bed. Same routine.
Is that odd? I feel like for an event that monumental in the scope of history, some sort of action is needed, but what can you really do different? There’s no reason to drastically change your life unless it appears that the aliens are going to vastly change life as we know it (i.e., worldwide invasion). I guess you could go to Prague, but I’d almost rather visit Prague when the skyline isn’t blocked by a giant alien machine.
That’s just me. What would you do?