The non-interference directive in those old ‘Star Trek’ TV episodes is an important idea. Countless times in human history, ‘outside’ cultures have decimated the societies and people they are visiting, whether for the purposes of war or peace or just a pit stop on the way to somewhere else. Mankind runs this risk even in speculating about ET’s. Invariably, some disease, disruptive technology, or shift in paradigm of social thought occurs. The consequences are usually disasterous.

Many times in our human history, when it’s just one group/leader meeting and negotiating with ‘outsiders’, the disruptive nature of a new cultural involvement can be spread out over a longer period of time and distinct negative conditions can be avoided entirely. It’s no guarantee, and you can only remotely imagine what the consequences of contact with intelligent extra-terrestials will bring. However, it is certain that if we Earthlings present ourselves as a planetwide negotiator (i.e. effective World Government) we stand a better chance of having a positive outcome when the intelligent aliens do come.

If I were one of the ET’s, I wouldn’t want to visit here under the current circumstances. The demands of every world leader alone would produce a ‘headache’ of galactic proportions. Imagine the reaction to an outside ‘religious’ belief that has no precedence here and may be tens of thousands or even millions of years old. National boundaries and cultural boundaries would be shattered. Until we have an effective way to represent ourselves beyond Earth, I say to the UFO people and the SETI scientists, be very careful, you may find what you are looking for.