Asked • 04/24/19

the meaning of "Better off for it" and pronoun "they" from Stephen Hawking's article?

The quote is:> But we should have been wary of answering back (to the questions of aliens), until we have develop a bit further. Meeting a more advanced civilisation (aliens from other planets), at our present stage (at the current stage of the human beings), might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't think they were better off for it. In the last sentence, does the pronoun "they" refer to all humans? or "original inhabitants of America"?

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