An extraterrestrial visitor examining the differences among human societies would find those differences trivial compared to the similarities.
Our lives, our past and our future are tied to the sun, the moon and the stars. We humans have seen the atoms which constitute all of nature and the forces that sculpted this work; and we, who embody the local eyes and ears and thoughts and feelings of the cosmos, have begun to wonder about our origins — star stuff contemplating the stars, organized collections of 10 billion billion billion atoms, contemplating the evolution of nature, tracing that long path by which it arrived at consciousness here on the planet Earth. Our loyalties are to the species and to the planet. Our obligation to survive and flourish is owed not just to ourselves but also to that cosmos ancient and vast from which we spring.
We are one species.
We are star stuff harvesting star light.
The one deficiency which I see in the skeptical movement is an US vs THEM mindset. A sense that WE have a monopoly on the truth, those other people who believe all these stupid doctrines are morons…or worse. And that’s it. If you’re sensible you listen to us. If not, to hell with you. That attitude is not constructive! That does not get our message across. That condemns us to permanent minority status.
We need to understand that society has arranged things, for very good reasons, that skepticism is not well-taught. By ‘very good reasons’, I mean very good reason for the protection of those in power. If skepticism was well understood, then who else would it be applied to except those in power?
If we understand that then we have compassion to the abductees, and those who, startled, come upon crop circles and believe they are supernatural, then we have a much greater chance of reaching them.