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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

UFOs: The Impotent Mythology

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The UFO mystery has been and is nothing more than a gigantic, non-tangible jig-saw puzzle, from which nothing worthwhile or useful has emerged.

Time, monies, lives have been wasted searching for a solution to a phenomenon that brings little more than curiosity to the human table.

Believers, die-hard investigators, skeptical agnostics and rabid non-believers alike derive nothing from the UFO phenomenon, except the kind of camaraderie (or anti-camaraderie) that crossword, sudoku puzzlers (and antagonists) share.

Kenneth Arnold purportedly saw, in 1947, nine, gleaming objects flying near Mt. Rainier. And so?

Ezekiel was taken up to the heavens by a flying something-or-other long before that. And?

Something or someone left remnants of a balloon or debris from another world in Roswell, 1947. So?

Betty and Barney Hill were scooped up, dreamily or in actuality, by a flying saucer and examined by the occupants of that “saucer.” Therefore?

Lonnie Zamora saw an egg-shaped craft from this world or another in Socorro, New Mexico, 1964. Thus?

More recently, residents saw shifting lights and/or a triangular object in the skies over Phoenix, Arizona, 1997. Consequently?

And even last year (2006), some bystanders saw something strange hovering above O’Hare airport…….

What has this produced in the way of useful or even tangential information of a viable kind?

Scientists scoff at UFOs, but their disciplines have done little better with their “phenomena” – Big Bangs, Quantum enigmas, String Theory, Dark Matter.

What have those elusive conversational pieces provided humankind, in practical, useful terms (and we discount space travel or knowledge about Mars et cetera as hardly more practical or valuable than UFO data)?

UFOs, and the study of them, as we’ve noted oft times here, provide escapes from reality. And the devotees of the phenomenon are exactly the kinds of persons who need escapes from their realities; many barely beyond Neanderthalian thinking and culture.

Yes, UFOs are existentially impotent, even if they turn to be real. But so are many other things one can site: golf, grilling burgers, studying Christianity, blogging, mountain climbing, making another UFO documentary, and so on.

Yet, the active curiosity will go on. What else do Neanderthals have to do?

7 Comments:

  • Curiosity killed Schrödinger's cat! Maybe it can bring it back to life!

    By Blogger Rich, at Tuesday, May 01, 2007  

  • A good article. Maybe it is the Neanderthal animal inhereted fear, an animalstic survival instinct, so to speak, together with the notion that aliens, if they exist, might be dangerous to the survival of human species, is what bugs the believers, and keeps the UFO issue emotionally relevant.

    By Blogger micha90210, at Tuesday, May 08, 2007  

  • Michael,

    We think you may be on to something.

    One of us, back in high school, at an assembly, saw a hynotist put classmates under, and suggested they were seeing a "flying saucer."

    The hypnotized students, on stage, actually all became hysterical and tried to run and hide.

    The group of them, about ten or so, were in a terrified panic, and the hypnotist lost control and barely got them to calm down so he could bring them out of the hypnotic state unscathed.

    This, as you indicate, may have been the result of a primal fear, and should be investigated further perhaps.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 08, 2007  

  • You might be interested in actualism then, which investigates our inhereted instictual passions which create a fearful and confused entity inside a human body (actual freedom). Google it.

    By Blogger micha90210, at Wednesday, May 09, 2007  

  • Thanks, Micha90210:

    We'll Google "actualism" and see how it might apply here (and elsewhere).

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, May 09, 2007  

  • Some thoughts:

    For me, the whole problem with the UFO issue, is that I see 2 alternatives: either aliens visit here and if they are, are they some kind of threat or not? If they are a threat, what is the best way for humanity to handle it? If they don't visit us, will they visit us in the future and could be some kind of threat?

    Surely, if they do visit us, governments would've known about their existance, and if they are a threat, are governments doing the best to deal with the situation? If they aren't a threat, but there might be aliens who are a future threat, or they might be aliens in the future who might be a threat, what is the best way of humanity to insure its survival?

    I personaly have never seen anything alien, and when I listen to all kind of credible pilot reports who are trained observers, I'm bewildered whether to take them seriously or not. This whole issue seem kinda bizzare, because if those pilots right, wouldn't it better for governments to announce that aliens truly visit us, to insert some clearance on the issue? Then come the conspiracy theorists and tell us that the governments do know, and through some bizare higher/lower evolution game are planning something with the visiting aliens, for some kind of agenda, and with all kind of spiritual stuff boiled in. What should a layman, who means well, and also wants to live happily, if it is possible, do?

    By Blogger Michael, at Wednesday, May 09, 2007  

  • Michael:

    UFOs seem to be benign.

    Aside from some abduction accounts that were terrifying for the abductees (experiencers), UFOs, over the millennia, have not shown any real threat or hostility.

    However, as you note, that could change in the future, but the UFO aliens (if there are any) seem to be more patient or slow than aggressive.

    Time may tell, but don't hold your breath.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, May 09, 2007  

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