There are hardly any bakras (scapegoats) around, so to get one is difficult and businessmen are businessmen
Business as-usual is not an option. Taxpayers’ money cannot be committed for an eternity
Criminals are like weeds, Alfred. Pull one up, another grows in its place.
We, as a population on this planet, have been looking for a savior. 90% of people believe in a higher power, and every religion believe in some sort of messianic figure. And when this savior character actually comes to Earth, we want to make him abide by our rules? We have to understand that this a paradigm shift. We have to start thinking beyond politics. Are there any moral constraints on this person? We have international law. On this Earth, every act is a political act. Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy? Uh, to have an individual engaging in these state-level interventions should give us all pause. Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power down paths that led to huge human atrocities. We have always created icons in our own image. What we’ve done is we project ourselves onto him. The fact is, maybe he’s not some sort of devil or Jesus character. Maybe he’s just a guy trying to do the right thing. We’re talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe. And you go back to Copernicus, where he restored the Sun in the center of the known universe, displacing Earth. And you get to Darwinian evolution, and you find out we’re not special on this Earth, we’re just one among other lifeforms. And now we learn that we’re not even special in the entire universe because there is Superman. There he is. An alien among us. We’re not alone.
Men fall from the sky. The gods hurl thunderbolts. Innocents die. That’s how it starts, sir. The fever. The rage. The feeling of powerlessness. It turns good men cruel.
NSA: History has lessons to teach us about first encounters between civilizations. As a rule, the less advanced civilization is either exterminated or enslaved. I’m thinking of Pizarro and the Incas, Columbus and the Native Americans…The list goes on. Unfortunately, in this case, the less advanced civilization is us.
A Doctor: This is a representative of an extraterrestrial civilization. This is the most important discovery in the history of mankind.
NSA: It may well be the last discovery in the history of mankind.
Power is a conceit which reveals our limitations. A real hero remains accountable to the end