I must confess to this being a pet theory of mine – my Errthe books are based on this very premise. However, I don’t intend to discuss the merits or otherwise of the theory here – what I do intend to discuss is the merits and antics of the detractors. This subject, along with UFOs is constantly subject to ridicule as though the detractors have an inbuilt guaranteed knowledge of the certainty of their views – it cannot possibly be true so the idea is ridiculous. I heard one detractor say, “No I don’t believe it but then I don’t believe in the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy either.” This immediately puts the theory on the same footing as fairy tale characters which are ludicrously absurd and can be dismissed without a second thought. The implication being that if you adhere to this theory then you are in the same boat as followers of the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. This is neither objective nor fair. There are masses of evidence, whether you accept it or not, in favour of the theory while there is not one shred of evidence in favour of the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.
But why can it not possibly be true? Why is it so utterly ludicrous? Why is it not possible that another civilisation may be more advanced than our own? The universe is 13 billion years old. The earth is 4.5 billion years old. The human race is less than 4 million years old. So, there is a whole lot of history that we have no knowledge of or took part in. Did nothing happen simply because we weren’t ready for it?
In order for life to develop at all, the first generation stars in our universe needed to explode and create heavier atoms than the hydrogen and helium that made up the bulk of the universe way back in the early days. These heavier atoms drifted in dust clouds until they too were gravitationally bound into star systems which ultimately exploded and created even heavier atoms. Admittedly, life was not possible at all until stars with systems having a sufficient quantity of heavier atoms evolved. As our sun is 4.5 billion years old, then it is safe to say that sufficient quantities of these necessary elements were widely available at least 5 billion years ago and possibly even longer. There are countless billions of stars which show a chemical make-up similar to our own – some are younger than ours, some around the same age and some much older. Therefore, by the law of averages, any evolved civilisations could be younger, similar aged or much older than our own. If life evolved elsewhere a billion years before we did then that civilisation could easily have evolved to the stage where it had crossed and colonised the galaxy several million years before we came on the scene. That being the case, why is it so ridiculous to theorise that they may have visited this planet in the dim and distant and guided our fledgling civilisation in its early stages – the Gods of Olympus? Ah but no – our petty arrogance will not accept that there may be people more advanced than we are. We are the pinnacle of creation (oops – sorry there, did not mean to imply the existence of an intelligent creator – even if he may have been an astronaut) and nothing can possibly exist that is bigger, better, faster, smarter, more evolved or more user-friendly than we are. This is arrant nonsense of an order far exceeding the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy.