For the longest time, (in movies and on television), governments find proof positive that exterrestrial beings exist, and are in fact present, here on Earth.
According to the standard story line, governments cover-up this fact because, if people ever found this out, there would be widespread panic, social order would would be disrupted and civilisation as we know it would come to an end.
Would people actually panic and civilisation end upon the receipt of this news of the existence of extraterrestrials?
It seems to me that after all these decades of people’s exposure to science-fiction stories of extraterrestrial beings coming to Earth, people would actually welcome these beings, rather than heading for the hills to await doomsday.
What are other Dopers views on this?
(My apologies if this has already been discussed here before.)