Scientists believe that our galaxy alone must have at least a million planets that could support life. Probably some of these life forms equal humans in intelligence. Possibly some are much further advanced.
Efforts have been made to contact extraterrestrial life. Is this necessarily a good idea? Judging by how we treat less-intelligent beings on this planet, it may not be. High intelligence dos not necessarily bring compassion, as evidenced in parts of Asia and other areas.
Horrific suffering is meted out to untold millions of animals because they lack the power of speech and our brain development. But they have a tragic life to suffer.
If for a moment we were behind the eyes of the beings we inflict pain upon, we would be horrified by our actions. Someday the tables could be turned on the dominant species of this planet. If that day comes, let us hope the new rulers have more compassion than we have shown.
The full immorality of the doctrine of might makes right could be apparent at such a time.