Who would be responsible for contact? It is not a matter of national security but a matter of international importance.
Have you ever thought about UFO contact? When, and if they exist, aliens touch down on Earth to reveal their existence to the entire planet?
Imagine that one day, a massive alien spacecraft lands on Earth. Its crew is not of this world, nor are they of this solar system. Instead, they have traveled across the vastness of space and decided to make contact with humankind. A moment like this would forever change humanity, history, and our future. Life as we know it would drastically change. Nothing would be the same. But who should take the first step in this contact? If aliens decide to touch down in “international waters,” for example, who should take the first step to contact? It is no longer a matter of national security. Because, after all, all of Earth belongs to all humans and all other life. It is at this moment that we realize that borders are fictive lines.
UFO contact: Take me to your leader
The popular phrase we are familiar with from science fiction movies is “take me to your leader.” But who is “our” leader? Every country on Earth has its own leader. But who would be responsible for contact? It is not a matter of national security but a matter of international importance. And such contact should not fall in the hands of politicians but perhaps under the scientific domain. Because science is a global language. Science is a universal language. Science represents not one entity but all of humanity because science represents the collective knowledge of our species.
Science, as the first contact
When they make contact, our cosmic neighbors will surely not care about borders, flags, and accents. Take, for example, a visit to the rainforest. Different animals and primates inhabit it. They might have territories that they consider their own. But we humans would not see nor recognize them. It is, therefore, acceptable to assume that a highly intelligent extraterrestrial civilization would not care about our borders either. These borders would mean nothing to them. Therefore, given the huge global implications involved in first contact, I firmly believe that science should represent the human race. And not a politician with a hidden agenda. So, are we ready for first contact? I believe we are far from ready.