From The Coming of Tan
Riley Martin's contact case
(A good treatise for election day)
... In most civilizations, advanced or primitive, living or dead, legends and recordings of space visitors are an integral part of their history. Even in those ancient times, we find that these sky visitors generally chose to contact and communicate with the common man instead of with those who were rich and powerful, and the same holds true even unto this day.
The aliens don't seem to be interested in the political and position aspirations of man nor are they interested in literally preserving most individuals from those privileged walks of life. The future survival of the human species will not lie in the hands of the dictator or the privileged dynasties but in the propensity of the common man to assure mass survival by the sharing of available resources. Those who hoard and control any commodity of necessity to the masses are the cause of most of man's ills and are of no present inspirational or spiritual value to the aliens and are of no real future value from the practical sense.
Then be sure, there has always been and there will always be a definite need for leaders among humans, just as there are always leaders among the animals of nature. If prehistoric leaders among the human species had been of the same quality as are the leaders of today, the Homosapiens could not have survived. If the strongest hunter had hoarded all the meat and fruit from the rest of the clan, then the masses would have starved. If the stronger males had killed all of the weaker males, or failed to protect all the members in sickness and in health, they would have died out. In order for any race or society to endure and prosper, each member of that society must be given or have unhindered access to at least the bare necessities of life.
The aliens look upon this planet as just one world community and tend to measure the worth of man by how he treats those the least among his kind. They do not recognize country, state and city boundaries when observing the planet. This great imbalance in the possession of natural resources is a thing restricted exclusively to man on this planet.
The aliens revere the wisdom of the aged and view all children in a common parenting sense. No Biaviian would ever permit another of their kind to live in want of the common necessities of life. It would be, to them, an unbearable shame, which would reflect upon them all. In their eyes, when compared to all of the other living orders of above animal intelligences, the human species must be placed at the very bottom, not because humans are technically or even spiritually inferior to all other intelligences, because we are not, but because of man's willful perversity of moral character concerning his own.
During the course of our extensive conversations Tan asked me a question which I've never since forgotten. He asked, "Martin, if all humans were given those things essential to survival, would the rich be made poorer or the strong made weaker?" I said that I didn't think so. "Then the humanoid bi-ped is a most repulsive species indeed, for not even the Targs are guilty of such a thing nor the Skreed."
Of course, the overall situation on Earth is not that simple but the concept of a global community free from the want of food and shelter is clearly within our agricultural and technological capabilities, and it wouldn't necessarily alter the balance of social and economical power. In other words, the rich would remain rich, the famous famous and the powerful powerful. Bearing this in mind, the aliens have concluded that such negative circumstances are the results of man's willful inhumanity toward his fellow beings.
Our first recorded rules or laws governing the workings of a communal society were probably of extraterrestrial origin. These first rules and laws were not born of divine inspiration but were simply a structuring and humanization of a more primordial method of progression. No philosophical or spiritually exalting doctrine has yet managed to improve upon the simple premise of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." If this rule alone were followed as closely as possible, it would nullify most of the greater problems afflicting humanity. The common elements of decency and fairness are truly universal in their application and hold true on Biaveh just as on the planet Earth.