There is a trope, a theme in sci-fi storytelling that reminds me that we are sinful creatures, as soon as we are born, sinful. Of course the writers, more than likely agnostics or atheists, wouldn't use the word 'sinful'.
They will write that we are violent and destructive, by are nature we are no good. Usually it is some "higher" being that space travellers have encountered, like Q in Star Trek: TNG, who decides to judge humans and point out our collective wrong. Most of the time the captain, or leader or whomever answers the charges does not deny that yes, we are murdering, destructive, messy creatures, but hey we have a lot of redeeming qualities as well, which is why the higher being(s) should not blow up Earth or do something that would wipe out the human race.
Sound similar to something else?
We'd been watching a lot of BBC sci-fi on the 4th of July.
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