What if we are both the Space Orcs and the Space Hippies of the Galaxy?
I absolutely love the idea that humanity will turn out to be the Space Orcs of the universe with our innate violence and toughness but what if we turn out to be the space hippies as well?
Like every other species that has reached Space fairing status has slaughtered every predator, every dangerous insect, every poisonous plant ….even viruses and bacteria have been exterminated. Basically everything that can be a threat to them on their planet has been removed and it’s functions in the cycle of the planet have been replicated through scientific means. Sanitizing your Homeworld like this is considered a mark of progress and civilization. Only barbaric species have natural dangers on their world. In advanced societies only lifeforms which are useful are allowed on your planet
And then we appear on the scene and although we are intimidating and and violent the other species welcome us. And then on our first meeting the alien ambassador notices a beautiful painting of a jellyfish on the Captain’s wall
“What an intriguing creature. Is it native to your planet? What is it function?” asked X’thio of the Kril
“Oh this? Yeah. The Box Jellyfish. Nasty piece of work. It’s poison targets your pain center and you literally spend weeks in excruciating pain. You can die very easily if you don’t get help quickly. My third cousin got stung by one. She said it was so painful it made child birth look like a fun day at the park“
“These things still exist on your world!? How horrifying. We would gladly help you exterminate them if you don’t have the capability”
“Exterminate them!? Mate we are trying to save them. They are severely endangering due all the pollution in the ocean!”
“Well we used to throw out a lot of garbage in the ocean and….”
“I understand how pollution works. Why would you want to save such a horrid creature?”
“Well isn’t it obvious? It’s because it’s endangered. Besides they barely killed any people. Now snakes..let me tell you about snakes. There this snake that climbed through toilet and bit my uncle right in the…….”
And that’s when the Ambassador knew that they wouldn’t be leaving their Embassy on Earth