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The most dangerous action

of irresponsible scientists

is sending unmanned vehicles

on long voyages

announcing to the universe

where we are.

Please come visit.

It’s intelligent to look and listen

to who’s out there, somewhere,

so we might know in advance

if they suddenly drop in

for cultural exchanges.

After all, if we can’t go to them,

they’re obviously more advanced,

so why send them messages

describing how primitive we are,

a gilt invitation

with no requirements

to come in peace,

just like we’ve always done

when going to new places.

It’s too late to withdraw

the public service announcement

of name, address, email,

but common sense for the future

might be wait until we meet them halfway,

before bringing them home.