Ufology in the Zeitgeist
Everyone knows (and The Anomalist makes sure to point out) that I think “ufology” is virtually dead.
Some of you think it isn’t, and you’re right almost, to some mad extent.
But any reasonable person has to admit (concede) that “ufology” is static; it exists as an example of stasis.
Ufology can be said to be a fad, a long-running fad, but a just fad.
I’m a fan of Opera and Classical Music, but they, too, are in a decline, mouldering in the zeitgeist, being replaced by popular music and entertainment(s).
Psychoanalysis, although experiencing a mild revival, is akin to “over and done with” and yet I remain fixated on it.
(A letter in the 11/4/16 TLS, Page 6, had a response to a review by an author who was unhappy with the reviewer: “Andy Clark’s book deserves a review by someone who has escaped the Sixties and is ready to take seriously the twenty-first century issues that confront us.” That’s me, and you UFO buffs reading this.)
I’m locked into the past, like many of you, still exhorting psychiatric terms that no longer are employed; i.e. manic/depression, replaced by “bi-polar.”
Kevin Randle and I still think the 1964 Socorro event and its ballyhooed symbol is meaningful. But is that UFO case still pertinent? Not in the current zeitgeist.
I was a practitioner of graphology (handwriting analysis) back in the day and used it in my first job as a hiring consultant for banks.
But graphology is almost totally dismissed nowadays as an invalid practice, never reaching anywhere near a reputable practice (or, heaven forbid) a science. (I still think it’s useful and accurate, to a large extent, and some businesses still use it to winnow job seekers.)
Ufology is like those esoteric things – opera, graphology, psychoanalysis, et al. It’s a practice that has outlived any usefulness, and because it has produced nothing of consequence, even as psychoanalysis or opera has, it is a fossilizing activity, almost extinct.
Young people today, virtually all of them, have no idea what ufology is, nor do they care to find out. It would be an embarrassment for them to admit an interest, just as it is spoken in undertones by me and some of you in societal gatherings.
That a few UFO aficionados, like me, Randle, Rudiak, and a few others, keep flogging UFOs and the phenomenon's encompassing nonsense, doesn’t mean ufology is alive and breathing. It merely means that we are keeping it on life-support.
Ufology is dying, and dead in most human circles. That’s a reality. And to not see that reality is a kind of delusional madness.
[Image above from realitysandwich.com]