For those not familiar with this one quote, they're standing in front of a giant tree stump w/ litter all around it.
And on a related note:
RIMMER: Lister, don't you ever stop and wonder: why are we
here? What's the grand purpose?
LISTER: Why does it have to be such a big deal? Why can't it be like,
like, human beings are a planetary disease? Like the Earth's got
German measles or facial herpes, right? And that's why all of the
other planets give us such a wide berth. It's like, "Oh, don't go near
Earth! It's got human beings on it, they're contagious!"
RIMMER: So you're saying, Lister, you're an intergalactic, pus-filled
cold sore! At last, Lister, we agree on something.
If we're talking about another species, i would think the humans would be there creators, and hence treat them like second-class citizens, much like they deny but do in the Star Trek universe.
Assuming you mean extra-terrestrial race, well, it is likely all the emotions will follow suit until whatever happens happens. That's simply an unpredictable relationship. For that, i would have added an option of "Cautiously try to treat them as equals."
Humanity shall do something... But I bet that humanity will do nothing useful, this is not a new history at all
When Dreissena polymorpha appeared first time on USA, the americans did... nothing.
Now, we, humans, can not fight this simple small mussel creating damages of hundreds of millions of dollars in our water and energy resources. Burning two or three billions more each year.
We can't eliminate it. Government plays with glossy drones in some desert of the world.
Frogs, rabbits, ants, birds, rats, minks, jellyfishes... biological invasions occur just right now every day. Sadly we don't care to much about it, look for aliens and simply wait. Then we put tons of money into the new black hole each year
The stupidest form of life can beat us, and it does all the time.
If humanity is still around when another intelligent species appears on Earth, I think that all of the first five choices will occur simultaneously. Some people will think of them as rivals; others will try to be friends. Still others will revere them.
Of those who are afraid of them, one group will try to oppress them and another will try to hide from them.