If this occurred, it would be worse than governments and societies failing, because humankind turns to “The Spiritual” when threatened and traumatized. We might logically, intelligently think our way out of one problem, but when something enormous occurs, we ask our Supreme Being or Beings to help us. God, we do, don’t we? It is just in us.
However, I believe humankind and its many religions will survive and perhaps even flourish as the enormity of it all sinks in, giving new inspiration, new thoughts, new experiences which will be spiritual in nature, too. I am not talking “love and light,” I am saying that any enormous event and experience is a wake-up call to our inner spirit.
I have a friend of many years. If she were Native American, we would call her an Elder of Great Wisdom. Her family was “white Russians,” her father a doctor of both homeopathic and medical training. They were chased from Russia by Bolsheviks and fled to Czechoslovakia. They finally got a chance to come to the United States where they became good citizens and hard workers. My friend is proudly Russian, still speaking Russian to her beloved German Shepherds, and she is devoutly Russian Orthodox. However, she is also fiercely Pagan, feeling great empathy and reverence for Mother Nature, sensing the sprites and invisible nature spirits all around, crying with the Native Peoples of the world as they, like the animals and birds, are thrown off their land so developers can make billions of dollars from grazing land and parking lots. She enjoys “Ancient Alien” DVDs, knowing that there is light and dark, good and bad, in the Universe and she is young again as she listens to the music of Andre Rieux; music speaks to her spirit! She explains that she realizes she is both Russian Orthodox and Pagan; it is “no problem at all,” she exclaims.
Hers is an enlightened and amazing spirituality. She has arrived at her spirituality through intelligence and experience, through touching the Earth often, and through feeling her spirit.
If humankind can find this magic within itself, we will be alright as a species if/when the existence of UFOs in Earth skies is disclosed, and if/when aliens land.
It is tempting to wonder which of the Earth’s religions will do better in accepting the existence of extraterrestrials and perhaps other-dimensionals. This is a purely subjective exercise. I might guess that the Hindus with their avatars and multiple deities would adjust without too much panic.
I also feel the Buddhists have a cosmic mindset which does not include a hierarchy of actual gods or god; each individual strives to become the god spark within, fully, completely. This might serve one well when meeting an alien whom, you hope, also has that spark of the creator.
Pagans, who come in a variety of specific beliefs, include the living spirit of Mother Earth as a part of the cosmic wonder of the all-that-is. It would seem that the more tolerant and adaptable one’s basic beliefs, the less one would panic to meet life forms from Elsewhere.
How will agnostics and atheists do? Probably ok, who knows!