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You're offered the "adventure of a lifetime," when humanoid aliens from another world offer to transport you to their planet, but with certain conditions (explained in the details section). Do you accept?

Asked by JackAdams (6492points) September 25th, 2008

You’re told that because of the extreme distance, you must be placed in a state of suspended animation, meaning that you will be sleeping for several years, and that when you arrive at their planet, everyone you left behind on Earth, will no longer be living, because it will have taken you over 350 Earth years, to get to their planet.

They also tell you that the reason they are making this offer to you, is because that, within the next 20 years, all life on Earth will end, either due to war or some natural disaster (plague, collision with an object like a meteor or asteroid, etc.), and that you meet their requirements for inclusion among those who will survive.

If you reject their offer, you won’t be able to change your mind later on, and the offer is being made only for you, meaning that you can’t tell anyone you are going, nor can anyone you know, be taken along with you.

Also, consider this: You don’t know for a fact that everything they are telling you, is indeed the truth.

I would have no hesitation about leaving with them. There’s no one (at this time) to keep me here, and maybe with their advanced science, they can cure my diabetes & arthritis. Also, they might know how to slow down (or even reverse) the aging process, so I can live much longer than I normally would.

So, knowing all of the above, do you agree to go with them? Why or why not?

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EmpressPixie's avatar

No, I don’t take rides from strangers. Who knows what would really happen to me. If everyone on earth is about to be destroyed, they may simply be bringing home specimens for a zoo. Not my idea of fun, thanks.

(Watching Twilight Zone reruns until I have them all memorized tells me not to go with them, but not to be hostile towards them either.)

JackAdams's avatar

“It’s a COOKBOOK!”

EmpressPixie's avatar

Yes, exactly. But you know, the Monsters are Due on Maple Street. How do I know that their arrival to pick me up isn’t the reason our society falls apart?

GAMBIT's avatar

No I would not leave with them I want to see my children grow. I want to grow old with my wife and if this planet is going down the tubes I want to see who and what caused it. Plus when something sounds too good to be true it usually is for all I know they could be paid government officials testing my character.

The galaxy always seems greener on the other side but when you get there it will probably have some of the same problems that are here on earth.

syz's avatar

The chance to see a new species, a new society, a new planet? I’d go in a heartbeat.

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll add your name to the list, syz.

johnnyc299's avatar

I would have to say no. I have heard lots of strange things happen with probes on alien space ships…..

JackAdams's avatar

Please cite sources, if you’d be so kind…

tWrex's avatar

I couldn’t leave my wife and pup behind, so I’d have to say no. It sounds adventurous and I would have jumped at the opportunity before I met my wife – I’m sure – but there’s nothing in this world that sounds better than staying here and growing old with her and my pup – or dying as it may be.

JackAdams's avatar

If I was in your enviable situation, I wouldn’t leave them, either.

Ibrooker's avatar

I think I would stay. Who would want to be the only one of their species remaining. You would probably be some oddity on this planet (if it exists) on display in a zoo or something. Could you imagine what your day to day life might be like? There’s no chance of love or having children and the list of such things goes on. These a good chance that these aliens are far more advanced than humans so it would probably be difficult to understand their thought. And, even if my life would be destroyed within the next twenty years, you still have a pretty good chunk of time here on earth. Everything that you’d been socialized to, comforted by, and so on would be thrown out the window. All of your understanding of the world would be rather useless. Plus, if you stick around here you get to witness the end of a planet which is pretty cool.

JackAdams's avatar

Planetary destruction is cool?

tWrex's avatar

Imagine the aliens you could screw though?

JackAdams's avatar

That thought has occurred to me…

poofandmook's avatar

Are they Romulans, Klingons, Cardassians, Borg, or Ferengi? Then I would definitely not trust them to go. But I’d probably go if they were Betazoid, Vulcan, Bajoran, or El-Aurian.

JackAdams's avatar

What if they were Quertzlians?

poofandmook's avatar

I’ve never heard of them, Jack

JackAdams's avatar

Oh. That’s my home planet.

poofandmook's avatar

I don’t think so, then, no.

JackAdams's avatar

I’ll remove your name from their list, then.

poofandmook's avatar

I’ll go if I can bring kitties

JackAdams's avatar

On my home planet, we have LOTS of kitties.

They’re delicious, with A1 Sauce.

JackAdams's avatar

My public apologies. We also have Heinz 57 Sauce.

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