January 26th, 2006 04:22 EST
Greys Matter...is There Anybody Out There
"Assuming the correctness of my perceptions, this book, then, becomes a chronicle not only of my discovery of a Visitor`s presence in the world, but also one of how I have learned to fear them less." ---Whitley Strieber; author of Communion
In 1947, U.S. Army Lieutenant Walter Haut was ordered to announce, in an official Army news release, that a flying saucer had landed in Roswell, New Mexico. And so he did. However, almost immediately after, that claim was retracted " on second thought-- and substituted with a feeble story about a misidentified weather balloon. Yeah, because up close these two things look so much alike and are easy to confuse with each other.
And then poor Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer sent to investigate the alleged " alien craft " I mean, weather balloon-- on which that supposed report is based was set up by his military superiors as the patsy for making that clumsy mistake ". Be aware and advised, a crashed weather balloon does not leave the amount or type of debris reportedly found at the crash sight. What`s really going on here?
When I was lad of 16 years, I happened to see a U.F.O.
It was unidentified, it was flying, and it was an object. By the very definition of the term, whatever I saw was a U.F.O. Its appearance and behavior was even consistent with what one might expect from a U.FO., based on the pop-culture folk-lore. Whether or not genuine extra-terrestrials were involved in any way, I cannot say. Not because The Men In Black, or the men in white coats, instructed me not to.
I can`t say because I honestly and unfortunately don`t know. What I do know is that this U.F.O. did not exhibit the characteristics-- aesthetically or propulsionally-- of any contemporarily human made aircraft I am familiar with, then or now at age 33. All I know is that I saw something very unusual. Of this, I am certain. While it wasn`t exactly a life changing event, the experience was quite eerily fascinating. But it was probably just a weather balloon, right?
Could it really be there actually is some truth to the reports of alien visitors?
Is the truth, as the X-Files pondered, out there?
Our scientists have failed us in this regard, because, incredulously, they refuse to take matters of paranormal phenomena seriously and so don`t bother to conduct proper investigations, if at all. Science requires that we judge according to the availability of concrete evidence, that a conclusion must validate a hypothesis rather than the opposite, and models should be adapted to fit situations, not vice versa. So it is ironic and illogical that so many scientists habitually or politically jump to conclusions regarding the paranormal, commonly making a priori assessments about such unconventional mysteries. It is further ironic that most mainstream scientists tend to forget and forego solving the unknown in favor of maintaining and protecting the comfortable and comforting status quo of the known. So the inquest falls to the fringe, who no one is going to believe precisely because they are on the fringe. No legitimate " or credible scientist wants to deal with paranormality, and no scientist who openly does concern him/herself with such foolish things is considered legitimate or credible, because the mainstream rejects the paranormal as a legitimate and credible subject of study. The mainstream doesn`t like to admit or acknowledge the unconventional because it reveals them to be in error, upsetting their delicate sensibilities of the real ". These kinds of things don`t actually happen in reality.
To these so-called scientists, reality is static, not dynamic. Scientists like to think in absolute terms, often assuming that the conclusions of science thus far are final and immutable, conveniently ignoring that the history of science is a series of amended and appended " and upended "conclusions, as we gradually learn new things.
Insecurely and ignorantly inflexible, they betray science because they don`t appreciate or allow for contradictions or mysteries. Science is subverted into the psuedo-science it accuses paranormal researchers to be guilty of. When scientists don`t take the question of paranormal phenomena seriously, they don`t take science seriously, committing an injustice against the venerability, virtue and value of science as a means and method of seeking and gathering truth, and of determining the nature of our reality.
If something new doesn`t fit within the parameters of their established and accepted conceptions, then it doesn`t exist. It is contrary, so it cannot and must not be real. If new perceptions do not coincide with extant conceptions, then the perceptions must be wrong, since consensus conceptions are treated as inviolate.
If one were to see a leprechaun doing a jig right in front of them in the clear light of day, one would be more apt and inclined to convince one`s self that they didn`t really see what they saw, before they accept the experience as authentic.
But as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said through the character of Sherlock Holmes, When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains--however improbable " must be the truth. "
In 2004, as I lie in bed on my way to a night`s sleep, I sensed a disturbance in the Force, a presence nearby. I quickly looked up and saw, a mere meter before me, what appeared to be a Grey, formally known as Zeta Reticulian. I froze, wide-eyed. Not in fear or panic, but in awe and wonder. Could it be that was really an alien standing beside my bed? If so, why was it there? And it just stood there still, simply looking back at me. Am I really seeing this? Was that really happening? The room was dark, so I couldn`t see it clearly. I urged myself to jump up, moving passed the alien " to the light switch close behind it. But when I turned around, with the light on, the alien was gone. Was it ever actually really there? Was it only a trick of light and shadow, combined with my active imagination and interest in aliens? All I know for sure about it is that I perceived something. But I can`t say with any confidence that I truly did see an alien, because such things are so divergent and disconnected from " so alien to-- the realm of the usual, as I was personally familiar with. Hence, PARA-normal. Isn`t it more probable that I didn`t see what I thought I saw? Even if it WAS real? It seemed real, at the time, and yet unreal.
But improbable isn`t the same as impossible.
My brother believes he had an almost identical experience, once, years ago.
The whole idea isn`t exactly inconceivable. But it is difficult to believe and accept the untenable, the intangible, the inexplicable; difficult to reconcile the uncommon irregular with the common regular world experience.
One of the epistemological staples of science is knowledge acquired through observation.
So why does mainstream science (indeed, the mainstream population) insist on refusing to believe its collective eyes when it sees the abundant and persistent " and fairly consistent-- reports of and on the U.F.O. & alien abduction phenomena?
Skeptical to the point of foolishness.
Without a doubt, something is definitely going on, something that warrants a closer look. All these so many people are evidently and apparently seeing and experiencing something strange.
Whether it derives from actual physical manifestations " alien or terrestrial, or from psionic or spiritual projections of archetypes in the collective unconscious " in our minds or into our world, or some combination " something is happening. In one form or another, aliens are here, among us and within us, now, on planet Earth " and have been for a long while. Psychological or corporeal or both, the alien phenomenon is real.
The fact that these experiences qualify as a phenomenon, or phenomena, is a hint that there is something to all this. The details in reports of alien abductions " before they became publicized, popularized and pop-cultured-- from disparate individuals in varied cultures and countries are much too similar to be dismissed as mere coincidence. Reports of U.F.O. sightings are too plentiful and widespread " over space and time " for them all to be misconstrued and casually dismissed as mass delusions or hallucinations or misperceptions or hoaxes.
Our society and consciousness is suffused and infused with aliens " a very particular image and breed of alien: The Greys. Why? Where did this come from?
All legend and lore is based on some point of fact, something that really existed.
Surely, there is sufficient evidence and reason, however speculative and inconclusive, of a genuine mystery, and that we should pursue an extensive investigation, sparing no resources. Even if " especially if " we don`t know and can`t say exactly what is happening. These are questions, and quests, that should be taken seriously if we may hope to ever verify and understand the truth of alien visitation on Earth.
Whatever that truth may be, either proving or disproving " something.
It both amuses and frustrates me that most people easily and readily accept the Bible`s magic Jesus as literally true, yet so quickly dismisses the possibility of alien visitations.