As a teen I was nearly obsessed with UFOs. I saw strange objects in the sky and just knew those were alien. What was I reading? Books on UFOs. What was I watching? Star Trek, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone.
Who Knows What May Be Out There Watching Us?!
btw, I was also into anything I could read or watch on Bigfoot, ghosts, the paranormal, the mysterious and unexplained.
Then, along came Jesus. Paranormal, mysterious and my personal alien friend. My very own IFO: Identified Faith Object, who also flies! (“ascended into the sky,” “returns in the clouds”).
Now I knew what was out there watching us!
What got me to think back on those days and beliefs was this story on the upcoming release of an intelligence report on UFO sightings.
Supposedly the report will give the public details on “everything the government knows about unidentified flying objects — known in agency lingo as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or “anomalous aerial vehicles.”
Former intelligence director Ratcliffe said (on FAUX, of course):
“There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen.” Uh, huh, really?
Pilots and satellites have seen things that “frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for or are traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.”
Freethinkers do some freethinking here:
First, if an object is “unidentified” it is simply not identified. That doesn’t make it mysterious or nefarious, just curious.
Second, if we don’t have current explanations for something and we’re not sure we can replicate what we see, that only tells us we can’t explain it right now–the physics is fuzzy.
Third, what good does it do for the government to let us know what they don’t know–“everything we know about” unidentified things? (“Here, let’s identify what we can’t identify”)
Now, clearly, we should investigate anything odd or strange in the universe, that’s what science does. And IF there are amazing new technologies someone is experimenting with, let’s discover that and learn from it.
What I learned long ago is that just because something is unidentified, that doesn’t mean we speed faster than the speed of Reason to conclude the “thing” is alien, monstrous, divine, Russian, Chinese or Elon Musk.
People can’t wait for this report to be released.
I can wait.