“They” make no sense to me. If one does start with the premise “They” exist, one has to conclude they go to great efforts to avoide detection of their activities which would indicate they care what we perceive. The “Prime Directive” concept never made sense to me.
If we are of no value to them, we would experience them doing whatever they came here to do. Roaches run for cover when the light is turned on.
If we have value to them, they would assist us. I cannot conceive of caring for a group withour caring about individuals in the group.
That's why you're not a Democrat. Get acquainted with a few and you'll be able to conceive of such a thing all too well.
In general agree. I think there might be a partial exception in a race that was not only powerful but wise and well-intentioned.
In the Lord of the Rings, the Valar, who were immensely powerful, sent Gandalf and the other wizards to Middle Earth to assist the free peoples in their fight against evil. But they were forbidden to directly oppose evil or force men to help them do so. The point being that men needed to fight evil themselves, not just follow more powerful leaders of another race.