Jennifer Lawrence is apparently concerned about an alien invasion.
The actor was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, December 14. Colbert asked Lawrence if anything frightens her or upsets her about the world. She mentioned how she recently learned about a NASA spacecraft that is currently out in space and contains directions to Earth (referring to the golden records on Voyager 1 and 2 or the plaques on Pioneer 10 and 11). When Colbert asked her why this frightens her, Lawrence responded, “Based on history, when we find each other, we kill each other.” She continued, “I don’t feel like aliens are going to be like, ‘Oh great! Let’s get along.’ They might not. They might want to destroy us.”
This is a sentiment shared with theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking who has, on multiple occasions, cautioned against attempting contact with extraterrestrials because he believes the behaviors of extraterrestrial civilizations will be similar to the violent and natural resource-hungry behavior of humans.
This notion, however, is purely speculation, and is a gross generalization of ALL extraterrestrials. Again, looking to humans as an example, not all humans behave in the same way. So it seems irrational to assume that ALL extraterrestrials will be either benevolent or malevolent.