I support the search for extraterrestrial intelligence despite the potential risks.
I don’t know of there are aliens out there or not, but it’s worth looking.
As a child, I was terrified of extraterrestrials. Sure E.T. was cute, but he was also a baby. What about the ones I saw on Twilight Zone (S3 / E24: “To Serve Man“) – the ones who gifted humans with a cookbook? I don’t want to be on anyone’s menu! Still, I couldn’t deny my fascination. I’ve always been drawn to astronomy and all things alien.
Part of my obsession is self-preservation. The more I know, the less fear I have.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
Also, the absurdity of some of it just makes me laugh. It puts my mind at ease.
The other is simply that I don’t believe evil has dominion over good. I disagree with Stephen Hawking (yeah, I know he was a genius). See, there are shitty beings in every species, but life’s a journey and how we learn, grow, and develop – even if we aren’t from Earth. Plus, I refuse to judge another creature based on my human standards. That isn’t fair, especially when we each have a choice about who and what we are or shall become.
And, as a person of faith, proving aliens exist won’t negate my Creator / Great Spirit. It might change “religion” for some, but it doesn’t change “faith.” God (by whatever name you use) is omnipotent, which means I don’t try to define my Deity. I understand that my ability to comprehend is limited, and it’s really that simple for me.