Did you know that aliens have been surrounding out solar system for more than 1000 years? This means that we are not going to do very well if they attack because we know that it’s almost impossible to fight against people who have a lot of tech. We stand no chance and will die. The next 40 years are going to be great for our society.
Astronomy is a unique thing and we are going to figure out what to do next when we get into space. Our long term goals are the new test for our society and our new situation. You may want to ignore other long term goals in order to get out of this sticky situation with other aliens. It’s going to be a drain on our society short term.