this is one of the most beautiful walks I’ve taken here
NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT SPOOKY
Since working with the Department of Fish and Game, it's occurred to me repeatedly that an awful lot of things done to fish in the process of fisheries management are NOT AT ALL unlike what's often done to alien abductees, but we figure it's okay because fish aren't sentient. So yes, that theory is almost more horrifying than one that assumes aliens are being deliberately nasty.
I’VE GIVEN THIS A FAIR AMOUNT OF THOUGHT because this is how I fall asleep at night on my weird narrow couch and this does seem to be the most consistent theory? also the most gothic-horror terrifying, because if aliens were evil, we could learn to defeat or outwit them, and if they were solely benevolent, we could explain, but if they’re so thoroughly Other that they can’t comprehend our sentience as valid we’re kind of screwed.
but I’ve never quite bought the ~benevolent aliens just want to help us~ theories anyway, and we don’t seem important or influential enough for aliens to wage subtle war on us.