Those who believe that the multitude of UFO reports contain at least a small fraction of true visits by ET, must also believe that contact, at least to a point, has already been made. If that is the case, then our visitors from beyond are keeping their distance, at least for the time being. Although there are a number of well documented encounters with alien beings, they have all been done primarily on a one on one basis. So far there has been no landing on the White House lawn.
This type of contact is normally in the form of an alien abduction, which is almost always a frightful, life-changing experience. We must remember, however, that there are those who claim benefit from these encounters, in the form of enlightenment, spiritual healing, and an ongoing connection with a more intelligent "big brother." People have claimed to have had diseases cured, emotional and mental problems alleviated, and their lives totally altered positively by these beings from beyond. But those who are less fortunate have been treated like lab rats, tagged like cattle, and humiliated by sexual experimentation and other invasive medical procedures. Women have even claimed to have been impregnated-later having their fetuses removed. Often at a later time, they may get to meet their long lost "hybrid child from the stars." Then they say good-bye to them.
All of this must be carefully considered while science is trying to make contact with another civilization from the vastness of space. Who made the decision that we should desirously seek this alien contact? Those who so desperately wait for that signal may not know what they might find out there. And they are speaking for the entire human race. We must never believe that the absence of contact equates to absence of other intelligence. Maybe they don't want to make contact with us as a people, or maybe they are waiting for just the right time to make their presence known. When and if that times comes, what will we be facing?-the beneficial, neighborly big brothers, or the heartless, crass, and calculating scientists who force their will on us. Just food for thought: be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.