corvinus shoots, and lips it in:
I’d swear that Japan is the closest thing we have to an authentic extraterrestrial civilization.
Extraterrestrial generally connotes “advanced” in the popular mind. If you can make it here (from way out there)…
If advancement + borg morality + androgynous weirdness = ET, the Japs are the homegrown ETs of earth. (Love you folks, don’t ever change. Keep those borders right, tight and outta sight.)
Equally interesting is which “civilization” is the closest thing the earth has to an archaic throwback that missed the evolutionary party.