I think it's interesting to note the comments made in recent times by people in the scientific and science fiction communities, in regard to the search for intelligent alien life. Many of them say that if the human race were to be visited by intelligent alien beings, who had the necessary technology to travel the vast distances between the stars in a practical amount of time, it stands to reason that those aliens would be far in advance of us. And the scenario that they usually depict is similar to that of Europeans arriving for the first time in north and south America. Invasion, subjugation, enslavement, exploitation, and genocide. Of course, that's if you accept the traditional histories of the two continents. As the 'cracked' link shows, there are those who believe in a completely different course of events. With so many sources of 'alternative' information available, and limited amounts of time to engage in the luxury of fact-checking, over time it becomes harder and harder to know what the truth really is. 'You pays your money and you takes your choice'.
EDIT: This blurring of history by time is a very unfortunate thing, IMHO. Unlike Robert, I think we should be able to learn valuable lessons from the past. The human race (or sections of it) has made numerous mistakes in the past, and has made some very bad changes of direction. The rise of fascism in Germany in the 1930's, for example, is one lesson which we must avoid repeating in the future, if at all possible. Human beings are far too fallible, and our societies are extremely vulnerable to eloquent politicians who can manipulate the opinions of large numbers of people, for good and for evil. If there is one thing that can help to protect us against these manipulations, it is the lessons learned from history. But if revisionists can change what history tells us, they can manipulate what we feel about the best direction for the future.
Orwell wasn't joking when he wrote: "Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past." (1984).
Edited by Saiph, Oct 08 2016 - 05:08 PM.