The day the World changed
It was a cloudy day at the main SETI site on Gliese 581, the day the signal was discovered.
Several hours were spent going over the data, and getting confirmation from other smaller sites, before any announcement was made. But it was confirmed, this was a real live signal from outside of our local system. This was not of our making, we are not alone!
Analysis showed it to be coming from the direction of a rather nondescript, yellow star, around 20 light years away. We'd detected several gas giants around the system before, but had never been able to find anything that indicated life might exist there, at least not yet.
The signal was completely different in structure to anything we used ourself, and so teams around the world set to, trying to decode it's mysteries.
Speculation ran amok as to the contents of the signal, from a simple greeting, to designs for unlimited energy, to a declaration of war!
Whatever the message, the World changed that day, religions began to collapsed as people denounced the existence of the gods in droves , local conflicts ended as peoples and nations absorbed the fact that we are not alone, that there were more important things to consider now.
Nations started to work together, more so than any other time in history, eventually to become a single World government, with one focus, to understand the message and it's meaning.
The signal became an obsession around the entire globe, almost a religion in its own right.
A few years later, a breakthrough! Suddenly the signal was decoded.
A live broadcast was planned across the entire planet, so that every single member of the now single world wide collective, could receive the wisdom from the star people, all at the same time.
The world stood in silence, as the broadcast started.
A short while later, almost in unison around the entire planet, "WTF is this @#&$ !!".