Imbeciles with High IQs
Economists sound more and more like wise Sir Knight explaining to the unwashed peasantry how to tell if she's a witch. Political Theater marches along providing full employment for another host of bright idiots, the term first used in ancient Greece to brand those who neither knew nor cared about the condition of their Polis. The run of scientific and medical experts go on looking for ways to carve an advantage within their particular niche, parsing facts to wow or soothe depending on their narrow interests. To top off this circus of folly we now have Stephen Hawking warning humanity to hide from the Aliens.
It's not surprising this would be a lead story at a time when so much chronic and acute difficulty surrounds us. Sadly, it's not surprising either that one who passes for "the Smartest Man in the World" – at least he often plays one on TV – should find this, of all things, to be where he chooses to risk ridicule and reputation. His claims to justify his warning say more about him, and us, the culture he stands in Apotheosis to, than it says anything meaningful about any potential Alien Invaders.
He says, in brief, that any culture advanced enough to be capable of interstellar space travel will be such über-consuming colonizing depradating monsters that we would stand as much chance of surviving contact with them as a West African on the arrival of Shell, or an Amazonian on meeting Rio Tinto.
It's bad form to ridicule the handicapped. I find Sir Stephen pitiful, not for his physical condition, but for his imbecility, an imbecility he shares with the entire elite of this planet today. For such an example of unintended projection to come from such a source, if this is as close to self-knowledge as the brightest of the bright, following the lead of "the Smartest Man in the World" are willing to get, then I fear aliens too. These aliens, so removed from the conditions of life on this Earth who continue to lead us on this path of self-destruction.
We have no need for any other enemies to arrive from across the galaxy so long as these aliens are in power and continue blithely on this track to destroy us all, themselves included simply because they are what Derrick Jensen has called, Imbeciles with High IQ's.