Call me an optimist, naive etc but I would think since they are more intelligent and advanced, that they have more wisdom and compassion, and less wisdom obscurations. Even the Germans of 2017 are vastly wiser I'd say than in 1939.Norwegian wrote: ↑Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:23 pmBut are you really so sure of that? Think about it. There are in general two classes of beings: 1) Sentient beings, 2) Buddhas.
As for sentient beings, they are deluded, and are swimming in afflictions. Animals in general are stupid and afraid. There's always another bigger animal waiting to kill the smaller animal. At least in the wild. And if they're not in the wild, they're domesticated by the smartest animal around, the human. Who also kills animals. And for that matter, themselves, other humans. Yeah we humans do a lot of good, but we also do a whole lot of bad.
If there's intelligent aliens out there, they are either sentient beings or Buddhas. According to the Dzogchen tantras, there are 13 world systems (planets?) in this universe where the Dzogchen teachings flourish. Does that mean all inhabitants on these planets are realized beings or practitioners?
And while 13 world systems may sound amazing - and of course it is amazing that the Dharma flourishes elsewhere too - when you consider how many planets there are in a galaxy on average, and then consider how many galaxies there are in the visible universe, 13 is not a large number at all.
So, if there's intelligent alien life out there, chances are it's sentient. And if it has the technology needed to travel to our solar system, then it's much more technologically advanced than us. If they then are just as afflicted as we are, or more, that's bad news.
Think about it: Why should aliens somehow be super friendly and intelligent? Why can't there be a massive army of alien spaceships out there led by a galactic parallel to the German SS? "We need Lebensraum. We must cleanse planet XzblorQ of its inferior life forms."
Sounds silly? Maybe. But sentient beings are sentient beings. Just because you have technology does not mean you're somehow more peaceful. We better hope that whatever intelligent lifeforms we come across in the future if we do so, are peaceful. But if they are peaceful and technologically inferior, it is very likely that it is we who will end up exploiting them.
Just think of that level of growth on a scale of years and years.
Anyways, I think Vasana and I have been drinking the same tea, it seems.