Of course, the stubborn, mule-like old geezers of Ufology who are forever stuck in that “ET is visiting us in metal ships to steal our DNA” mentality will tell you that the beliefs of the ancients – concerning the perceived nature of the phenomenon: fairies, demons or whatever- was based on their inability to grasp that they were really seeing visitors from the stars. So, they incorporated the encounters into their existing beliefs relative to the likes of demons, goblins, trolls, fairies, djinn, pixies, etc.
But, here’s the important thing that so many of the old geezers forget (or refuse) to address: what if we, today, are doing exactly what those people who came before us did, all those centuries earlier? That’s to say: what if we are perceiving the phenomenon as extraterrestrial purely and simply because the notion of ET is as plausible and acceptable to us - and on a large scale, too - as demons and fairies were to the people of the past?
Maybe none of us – whether 3,000 years ago, 500 years ago, in the 1950s, or whenever - have ever really managed to fully understand the true nature of what is in our midst and what it wants from us. But, many have valiantly tried to come up with solutions. And here’s the most important part of all: the phenomenon clearly seems to understand that human perception and belief changes over time, and, as a result, it manifests in forms suitable for, and relevant to, the people of the day.
Not only that: it provokes encounters to encourage and bolster the then-current trend of belief. Presumed random events along the lines of (A) a motorist coming across an “alien scientist” scooping up a bit of dirt at the side of the road; or (B) someone who “gets lost” in the woods in 16th Century England and ends up taken to the “Fairy Kingdom” are anything but random.
They don’t just smack of, or suggest, careful manipulation. That’s exactly what they are. Something is out there and it wants us, today, to dearly believe it is extraterrestrial in origin. In much the same way that it wanted the people of the past to believe it was relative to their own theories and ideas concerning supernatural entities.
Saucers of Manipulation Pt. 2
By Nick Redfern
In Part-1 of my Saucers of Manipulation article, I noted: “The late Mac Tonnies – author of The Cryptoterrestrials and After the Martian Apocalypse – once said: ‘I find it most interesting that so many descriptions of ostensible aliens seem to reflect staged events designed to misdirect witnesses and muddle their perceptions.’ Mac was not wrong. In fact, he was right on target. One can take even the most cursory glance at ufological history and see clear signs where events of a presumed alien and UFO nature have been carefully controlled, managed and manipulated by the intelligence behind the phenomenon.”
And, I further added: “But, why would such entities – or whatever the real nature of the phenomenon may be – wish to make themselves known to us in such curious, carefully-managed fashion? Maybe it’s to try and convince us they have origins of the ET variety, when they are actually…something very different…”
So, if “they” aren’t alien, after all, then what might “they” be? And if the non-ET scenario has validity, why the desire to manipulate us and convince us of the extraterrestrial angle? Let’s take a look at a few possibilities.
Now, before people get their blood-pressure all out of control, I am the first to admit that what follows amounts to theories on the part of those that have addressed them. The fact is that when it comes to fully understanding the origin of the UFO phenomenon…well…there aren’t any facts! What we do have are ideas, theories, suggestions and beliefs. Anyone who tells you otherwise is 100 percent wrong, mistaken, deluded or lying. No-one in Ufology – ever – has offered undeniable 100 percent proof that any theory is correct beyond all doubt. And provided we understand that theorizing, postulating and suggesting do not (and cannot) equate to proving, then there’s no problem. So, with that said, read on.
Let’s first go back to Mac Tonnies and his cryptoterrestrials. Regardless of whether or not Mac was onto something with his theory that UFOs might originate with a very ancient, impoverished race that lives alongside us in stealth – and that masquerades as extraterrestrial to camouflage its real origins – at least he admitted it was just a theory. He didn’t scream in shrill tones that he was definitely correct. And he didn’t suggest that if you disagreed with him you needed to be ejected from the ufological play-pen. So many within that same play-pen – for whom, for some baffling reason, shouting louder somehow means: “I’m closer to the truth than you!” - could learn a lesson or several from Mac.
Rather than originating on far-off worlds, Tonnies carefully theorized, the cryptoterrestrials may actually be a very old and advanced terrestrial body of people, closely related to the Human Race, who have lived alongside us in secret – possibly deep underground – for countless millennia. In addition, Mac suggested that (a) today, their numbers may well be waning; (b) their science may not be too far ahead of our own – although they would dearly like us to believe they are our infinitely-advanced, technological-masters; (c) to move amongst us, and to operate in our society, they ingeniously pass themselves off as aliens; and (d) they are deeply worried by our hostile ways – hence the reason why they are always so keen to warn us of the perils of nuclear destruction and environmental collapse: they are grudgingly forced to share the planet with us, albeit in a distinctly stealthy and stage-managed fashion.
Moving on from beings of the past to entities of the future, Joshua P. Warren, investigator and author of numerous things of a paranormal nature, has addressed the highly controversial angle that the UFOnauts are our future selves: Time Travelers. And, in doing so, Josh has focused deeply on the mysterious matter of the macabre Men in Black.
Josh asks of their odd attire: “Why do the MIB dress like this? Why do we call them the Men in Black? Well, if a man puts on a black suit, with a black hat and walks down the street in 1910, and you see that man, you would probably notice him. But, would you think there was anything too extraordinary, or too out-of-place about him? No: you probably would not. And if you saw a man walking down the street in 2010 wearing a black suit and a black hat, would you notice him? Probably, yes. But, would you think you think there was necessarily anything too extraordinary? No.”
What this demonstrates, says Warren, is that the outfit of the black suit and the black hat is flexible enough to work within the social context of the culture of at least a century or more. And so, therefore, if you are someone who is in the time-travel business – and within the course of your workday, you’re going to go to 1910 to take care of some business, and then a couple of hours later you’re going to be in 1985, and then a few hours after that you’ll be heading to 2003 – you don’t want to be in a position of having to change your clothes three times. So, what do you do? In Warren’s hypothesis, you dress in an outfit that is going to allow you access to the longest period of time within which that same outfit may not draw too much unwelcome attention.
“And that’s why,” suggests Warren “in and around the whole 20th Century, it just so happens that the black suit and the black hat will work for them.”
And, if you don’t want to give away who you really are, encouraging the idea that you are extraterrestrial, goblin-like or supernatural - rather than future-terrestrial – would make a great deal of sense. If, of course, the theory has merit!
Then there is probably the most controversial angle of all: UFOs are from Hell…
Dr. Nelson Pacheco – a former Principle Scientist with the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe (SHAPE), Technical Center – and Tommy Blann, of the U.S. Air Force, said of the UFO controversy in their book, Unmasking the Enemy: “…we propose that the ‘reality’ behind the UFO phenomenon…is due to a manifestation of non-human preternatural consciousness…the purpose being to slowly condition our minds through subtle deception to accept a false belief, while undermining our rational thought processes and our human spirit.” Indeed, Pacheco and Blann were clear in their belief that UFOs have nothing less than demonic origins. And others concur.