President Ronald Reagan
The expressions on the fire-lit face of the story-teller applies the glowing paint to the shapes of the ghosts he has successfully seeded in our imagination through well practiced narratives – we are not suckers, we just want to believe. We want a higher purpose, a connection to an ‘other world’. Before the modern age there were an abundance of creatures that lurked in our collective imaginations: Goblins, Trolls, Elves, Sea Monsters. Even porky tax collectors had personas, now they’re just faceless public servants. Of all the slithering creatures that have roamed earth, Dragons were and are perhaps the most well documented because statues and stories are testament to their existence; after being inoculated by so much dragon paraphernalia, how can they not exist? Well, we grow older, and we see that there still aren’t any dragons soaring above our heads, hosing flames in their wake, stealing the prettiest of virgins.
What we do have are UFOs, less mythical and more mechanical, which leads to the questions of who are they, what are they doing here, and with whom. A trickle of ‘sightings’ and concepts of life from out there form a torrent of wondering; so many wild imaginations, so many possibilities, not only do we want to believe, we have to believe. Among the congestion of conspiracy theories, what is the most believable? Surely they can’t all be true, and surely if one is partially correct, but which one?
Thanks to the internet’s zero cost to ‘publish and push’ information, and the ease at which photographs and video can be doctored by the digital ‘believing’ generation with too much time on their hands (shouldn’t they be outside playing sport, chasing girls, or practising throwing stones at invading aliens?), there is an oversupply of UFO material, and this avalanche of material is linked by one narrative: They’re out there. That’s it. We believe. Our desire to believe ever more than before drives the creators of hoax UFO video clips to sharpen their skills even more.
On the other hand, pre-digital age, most early UFO sightings come about during World War Two and onwards. Up until the 1960s, it was normal to assume, thanks to the importance of religion governing peoples’ lives, that according to the scriptures, God created us and we are alone. He spent six days creating us, and now it’s the seventh day and He relaxes, watches all the biblical movies we’ve churned out in His honour, and scrutinizes our prayers. Western society, at least, until the 1960s, was God fearing. To a government in this period facing the hard reality that we are not alone, and that superior aliens can prove that anytime they wish by buzzing an airport or jamming a nuclear missile silo, the concept of ‘aliens out there coming here’ unleashed on the general public could have quite unforeseen outcomes. Hence the logic in the possible government conspiracy to hide ‘a’ truth.
When it comes to governments and the truth, we accept that their truth is flawed every time their new budget is released. We are ready to swallow macro-economic fallacies because we have little time to don our accounting hat and scrutinise our government’s account balances.
Yet when it comes to governments and UFOs, the truth is somewhat deeper and abstract. We don’t have the time, nor the intelligence, to don our scientist, theologian, politician, and behavioural physiologist hats to map out the impact of telling all the peoples of the worlds that God doesn’t exist like you think he/she/it does because he/she/it does/doesn’t exist for these things over here: These funny looking green men calling the shots from their upside-down spinning hub-cups.
So, if UFOs were aliens and they did land or crash and make contact and take coffee and share a joke with Presidents, clandestine shadow governments and anyone else lucky enough to be in on the deal, deny it, because to admit it, and this means retracting so much false information, would also de-stabilise the trust and pact we have with our governments; elected politicians, career public servants, and the military. And they don’t want that. Deep down you don’t want that either. You don’t want widespread anarchy to break out because a full-de-classification reveals the full extent of betrayal, and the irate people take up pitch-forks and shotguns and start a revolution. It’s upsetting to our dreary routines but would make great 24-7 news coverage, if only it lasted just 24 hours.
But, if you can imagine a government, or several governments, concealing the truth from the public, without stretching the imagination too far, what could they really be covering up?
There is a tonne of ‘evidence’ online that is not worth mentioning, is somewhat entertaining, but if congested too frequently will interfere with your ability to converse normally with people at work and at parties without saying things like, “Did you know that the 2012 apocalypse predicted by the Mayans may actually be a cover by the reptilians – a breed of aliens in power for thousands of years that shape shift and are actually running our counties and economies (Obama, Putin, maybe – All reptilians) – to keep us from really understanding that it was ancient astronauts that seeded mankind and may make a comeback to avert the catastrophe of the new world order?”
“But, 2012 was last year.”
Yes, Oh. Oh what are they on about.
At the other end of the believable scale, that is heading towards people who know better than to spin tales, and who may have been fortunate to live their boyhood dreams and fly fast machines, push the envelope and escape earth, are astronauts.
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, has even publicly stated that something was following Apollo 11 on its way to the moon. Gordon Cooper, one of the seven original astronauts from Project Mercury, the first manned space effort by the United States, after seeing UFOs twice as a pilot, even went as far as writing a letter to the United Nations advising that some kind of office be set up to collate information about UFOs. The sixth man to walk on the moon, Edgar Mitchell, also believes that aliens craft have crashed on earth, knowledge of such events are suppressed, and a government cover-up is in place. The cover-up, in place by the U.S. Government, all in the name of security, was to hide the existence of UFOs while at the same time extract technology from alien space craft.
If the conspiracy is true, and there is a cover-up, what we have are top level military or a sub-section of the military controlling contact with aliens. You may shudder that nothing is as it seems, but relax. If all this is true, there’s one word to describe the conspiracy: Sleazy. Or two words: Sleazy Bitches.
Now the questions comes to mind: What on earth are aliens doing talking to just the military? It is like some extra-marital affair where a seductive alien and a fatty general are lying in bed...
The alien whispers in the general’s ear, “So when are you going to tell her (the public)?”
The general stubs out a post-coital cigar, exhales, and sighs to the sky, “Damn it, she (they) wouldn’t understand, she’s too fragile. It would ruin everything.”
The alien sighs, “I can’t go on like this... We must tell her... I fell so, well...”
“I don’t like being kept in the dark...”
“But darling...” the general wails, “Why ruin what we have, together, forever?”
Don’t these aliens have a sense of humour, or guilt? Or, there could be more than one type of alien our very secretive governments are mindful of: Aliens, inter-planetary, inter-stellar, inter-galactic, or inter-dimensional visit us, may even look like us, and could easily have wiped us out. So if there are several types of aliens, does one of them have the sense of humour that frees them to engage in dialogues with people other than secretive and non-accountable government and military types?
Catch your breath. There is a conspiracy. There is a cover up. And extra terrestrials can’t be bothered to get in contract with anyone but the military, or some secret shadow government. Sometimes it’s better to disbelieve the un-provable and have a nice drink. Does this mean that the rest of us are not credible, not cool enough, or better off kept in the dark to wander with our feeble imaginations?
Or, does it mean aliens have a keen and watchful eye on the generals and the powers that be, because somewhere, something grave could have happened: Nuclear wipe out.
If there is a ‘Secretive Government Cover Up’ they’re probably hiding more than just the detailed knowledge of the existence of aliens, they may also have more formidable things to hide, like their ineptitude to dismantle the apparatus that could smother earth in a radioactive cloud and the fact that aliens want to make sure that never happens, and the other fact that if earth is watched by one group of aliens, there should be others out there. At some point, earth becomes a commodity worth appropriating and the military can’t do a single thing to protect earth, except deny that there is the remotest of threats.
Now that we live in a somewhat enlightened age, vibrant with communication of both the mundane and amazing, we’ll believe anything. If there is a conspiracy, a cover-up, and caution to spill the beans on the public, what part of it had actual aliens to play in this?
They seem to have the right to fly alongside commercial passengers jets, zoom over remote areas and scare earthling peasants, and hover around airports. What are they after, duty-free offers? If they’re so ‘Top Secret’ yet according to the moderate believers, ‘out there and not too far away at all’, then the secret is partially out and someone looks like a fool: Not the public, not the military (who are just doing their job etc) but visiting aliens.
Why they are so non-communicative to the general earth populace is probably due to their in-ability to relate with us. After all, we have very little idea of how to relate to them – the problem is mirrored. Hence a stalemate. A bit like at a bus stop where the bus is late, no one knows anyone, tedious boredom sets in – how to get the conversation going?
Copyright 2014 Simon Drake
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