Y'know, you hear a lot of people saying that education, knowledge, intelligence, technology, etc. will all magically heal humanity's issues one day. but then I think of an old story- not 1984
, not Fahrenheit 451
, not Animal Farm
. To Serve Man.
A vastly superior race arrives, and cures all our woes. And proceeds to secretly (for a time) harvest us. So, what recourse does peaceful Earth have? Did we destroy our weapons? Did they not give the technology that we told would protect us? They hold all the cards. We acted in good faith, and they took advantage. It should also be noted that the wolf is smarter than the deer. The predator must outwit his prey. They do not simply chase the herd, but know that the herds do have a pattern to their flight. What's another trope? "Help us, please! The marauders have attacked our home! We have no weapons! We are peaceful!" Seven Samurai
. Not that anime, the Kurosawa classic. It didn't matter they were poor. It mattered that they would not resist on their own. And they only sought out the samurai when on their last legs. And when the samurai sought to train them, some tried to defer the defense of their homes and lives to them. But they had no problem murdering wandering lone samurai and stealing their equipment.
There's nothing wrong with hoping for peace. Any member of an armed service can tell you that easily. But there is a problem thinking that being peaceful in itself makes you invulnerable. Peace disappears violently, Conflict flows to calm. Enjoy the cease fire, but be ready for re-ignition. Animals don't all kill in necessity. Some for territory, some for resources, a rare few for no discernible reason. Earth distributes to animals fangs, claws, horns, and some horrible poisons, venoms, and toxins. Hemotoxins, neurotoxins, necrotoxins, cytotoxins. The earth isn't as kind and gentle as some say. Nor is it as vulnerable. Not to say that it it isn't, but sometimes... it feels like people need to stop thinking the universe can't randomly have initiated our planetary death long before science acknowledged that things fell from the sky. I'm looking at you, 99942 Apophis.