What Is the Question?
While the public interest in UFOs continues to wax and wane, the people whose self-appointed job is to explain the unexplained in the skies apparently continue to play their favorite tunes from their favorite record–the one entitled “UFOs Are Real.” Songs from this former best-seller include Government Coverup, Abduction, and Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.The songs get your toes tapping and at first, made you think. Nowadays, memory lane should be reserved for the old guard and those who are satisfied with the thrill of thinking that their belief system is the One Truth. They still think that if the world would just realize that aliens from other planets are here, things would be much better.
Let’s go out on a limb here and propose that we will never “prove” that aliens are coming here to surprise motorists on lonely roads, kill our livestock and diddle our behinds. If it hasn’t been determined by now, whose fault is that? The phenomenon itself seems to change each time we think we have it figured out, or more accurately, stays a few steps ahead of us–at least where we are in our technological development at the time. Perhaps we are complicit in this.
My old friend Donna Kossy, historian and philosopher of the kooky and weird, once said that spiritualist-type religious movements always seem to be placing their extraterrestrial gods just out of reach of our telescopes. Consider that the Theosophists and later the Contactees originally worshipped ascended masters from Mars and Venus. After we landed on the moon (or supposedly so ) and we had sent probes to Mars and beyond, the space brothers were moved out of the solar system.
No one that we know of has tracked a flying saucer heading back towards home, somewhere in interstellar space. There could be a coverup of this sort of thing, but no one has turned up anything on the matter, as far as I know. If this is true, then the Powers That Know More Than Us are just as dumb in their assumptions as the UFO believers. Everything that has trickled down to us from officialdom agrees with our preconceived ideas about aliens and UFOs. Our filtering system may be too narrow to catch things that don’t agree with the extraterrestrial hypothesis. This applies to much of the human race.
The Occam’s Razor argument replies that this is simply because we are on the right track and the government really does know everything. If this is the case, why are former spies still skulking around the fringes of Ufology, and still interested in answers to the biggest question?
That’s why I like to look at theories that aren’t as obvious or popular. Not only is it more interesting, it may hold part of the answer to both the UFO question, and perhaps how we look at ourselves and how we affect and filter the things we study. It may be one of the few options open to those who study UFOs, and if history teaches us anything, it’s that we will probably never know everything.
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