The wonder of discovering an extraterrestrial civilization will eventually lead to an examination of who we are as human beings. If we meet technologically advanced extraterrestrials we may feel inferior. We may fear extraterrestrials because they are different from us. We may be incredibly impressed and seek to emulate alien thought. However, the discussion of those issues will eventually lead back to who we are as humans. What is the power of humanity? What makes us proud to be human? What would we share with extraterrestrials as examples of what we are capable of: music, literature, visual arts, science, technology, philosophy?
There are humans dedicated to helping war refugees. We send aid to other nations in times of famine and natural disaster. We rush to assist a person who has been hurt. We take these actions every day, and perhaps in far greater frequency than we take part in conflict and violence.