Are UFOs Profound or Not?
The phenomenon (or phenomena as some of us see it) with the rubric, UFO, is either a transcendental reality or a quirky mundane reality.
Some infuse UFOs with a theological-like essence while others suggest that UFOs are a mass psychosis, encumbered by pathologies of various kinds (social, personal, conspiratorial, et cetera).
UFOs once had a tangibility summed up in the descriptive phrases flying saucers or flying disks.
But the phenomenon was transmogrified, by a member of the United States Air Force, into an amorphous phenomenon with the epithet UFO.
The change took flying saucers from the realm of concrete reality to a reality that is evanescent.
And the phenomenon itself became as it was tagged: unidentified and intangible.
Was Air Force Captain Ruppelt’s designation calculated and malicious or, inadvertently, a downgrade of profundity to mundanity, without a thought of how the mantle, UFO, would affect the phenomenon in essentia?
Flying saucers could be touched, captured (like the Roswellian “flying disk), examined, and subjected to tangible scrutiny it seemed.
UFOs, on the other hand, were off-limits at the outset – “unidentified.”
As the phenomenon as passed into the twilight of fringe reality it has lost its cachet as a “vehicle” for scientific scrutiny and has become an incorporeal thing subject to the vicissitudes of conjecture; e.g. mythology, hallucination, hoax, mental aberrations of diverse kinds, physical anomaly, and so forth.
And while reality is composed or various layers, UFOs have fallen to a bottom layer for humanity, replaced by the exigencies of human needs: survival and pleasure mostly.
Flying saucers were profound in their way. UFOs? A joke for most of humankind…