Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Scouring History, Literature, Biography, etc. for UFOs: Nada
When purported UFO incidents are expunged from the Bible – Ezekiel, Elijah, the God-dove at Jesus’ baptism, et cetera – the vast written material provided by mankind (prior to 1947) is devoid of flying saucer and/or UFO accounts that stand as bona fide sightings of the phenomenon.
The striking dearth of such events or appearances – excluding the scant mariner observations by Columbus et al. and the apocryphal stories about Alexander and Constantine, along with the metaphorical images in Vedic sacred writings – indicates that the general population of human observers and writers didn’t see or experience the things we know today as UFOs.
Thucydides, Herodotus, the Greek philosophers, the Conquistadors, Magellan, Captain Cook, Lewis and Clark, Livingstone, Thoreau, Dostoevsky, Melville, Bierce, Margaret Mead, and all the other explorers and writers we read or read about have nothing in their journals or oeuvre that comes close to what has become the “literature” of flying saucers and UFOs.
And the context of the few early UFO episodes – those often cited by ufology writers as proof of the ubiquitous UFO phenomenon – is mythological or religious, not historical or literary.
This plays into the Vallee hypotheses, not the Friedman theories.
That is, UFOs are either a kind of mythos, not the recent visitors to the Earth as Friedman contends.
Or UFOs are a product of the modern age, generated by, initially, Cold War anxieties and more recently as existential artifacts, produced by man’s intuition that we are alone, with no galactic companions and gods (or God) to assuage the mess we call life.
UFOs are not mystical as some ufologists believe, nor have been intrusions by a concomitant race hidden to man (so far) as Mac Tonnies portrays.
They haven’t been projections of human psyches, as Jung suggested.
(Early human strife would have provided such projections, and the Holocaust in particular, where no UFO sightings were recorded or noted, not even by Victor Frankl.
UFOs could be the bolts-and-nuts craft that Stanton Friedman has established his credentials upon, but the armada needed to fulfill his armload of visitors seems iffy for a number of reasons: intergalactic travel restrictions, support facilities (mechanical and sustaining supplies such as food and water), the unimportance of Earth in the great scheme of the Universe, et cetera.
One would expect that extraterrestrial races would not be that different, if Friedman et al have it right.
And the UFO configurations seem to hint at races not very technically different from us.
But UFOs exhibit behavior that is different. UFOs do not communicate, whereas Earth explorers always went out of their way to communicate with the strange tribes and life-forms they encountered.
UFOs could stem from time-travelers but, again, the number of UFOs seen in modern times would mean that creatures from our future (or past) have an inordinate interest in this time and place.
Even the great explorers of the past were small in number compared to the total human population, representing a scintilla of interest in what was out there while the primary human contingent (the rabble) went about their lives with not an iota of care for what lay beyond their immediate environment.
So UFOs from time seem problematic, unless almost everyone from the future (or distant past) found this time period obsessively intriguing.
Where does this leave us, conjecturally?
UFOs have not been a part of humanity in any significant way, as the lacunae in literature shows.
The few apocryphal sightings say more about the writers of that apocrypha than the reality they bent for various reasons, most self-aggrandizing.
UFOs – some UFOs – may be visitors from space (Friedman) or time (Goldberg) but not all of them.
Some UFOs are psychical projections, and hallucinatory, considering the dementia of many UFO devotees.
A few – quite a few? – UFO are hoaxes. (Dementia again)
Or UFOs are a counter-reality that impacts some Earthlings but not many actually.
And the import of that? None…none whatsoever.
Thus, UFOs are a game, meant for a few, not the (Spock) many.
Therefore they can be dismissed or ignored, and nothing will happen when they are ignored.
So fellow UFO mavens move on to something worthwhile…..