UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

UFOs: The Impotent Mythology


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?