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Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 01:15:18 -0800
Fwd Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 11:54:45 -0500
Subject: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

>  From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>  To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>  Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis
>  Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:49:56 -0500

>  Of course many ufologists have trumpeted the idea of alien visits.
>  What few of them have done is consider the implications. When I first
>  met people in this field, I'd ask them what they FELT about aliens
>  being here. I found the answers extraordinary. "It doesn't mean much
>  to me. I've been used to the thought since I read science fiction in
>  high school." (Kevin Randle) "I never explored my feelings about this
>  until I was at the MIT conference, and confronted the possibility of
>  abductions." (Richard Hall. I'm paraphrasing these remarks, by the
>  way.)

When I recently had a minor sighting which turned out to be
unidentified after fairly significant investigation, I found
myself squarely facing this question, perhaps in an odd way,
which I'll share for what it's worth.

I started investigating because it was a bit odd, and I wanted
the practice. I really kept expecting some one of the people I
was contacting to say - yes, that was flight such and such, or
whatever. And when the answers started coming back negative, I
felt an odd sort of shiver. You see, I was really sure I had seen
a formation of airplanes, and people kept coming back to me and
saying they had nothing in the air, that no ultralight pilot in
his right mind would be doing what I reported, and I started to
confront what I felt about it. And, in a way, it was perhaps a
more realistic interpretation than I might have had if I had
witnessed a close encounter. I started to realize that if what I
had seen was a UFO, then that night, a quarter mile or so away
had been something which was alien. And it did not care in the
least about my presence. It was going about its business, doing
whatever it wanted, flying in the airspace of a reasonably sized
international airport with aplomb. It didn't come down and seek
me out. It didn't slow down. It just went past.

Now, I'm a rational person, and I can separate speculation from
reality, so I decided to engage in a little speculation to see
how I felt. I imagined that what I had seen was, in fact alien.
That it was flying from somewhere to somewhere. I asked myself
how I would feel if it were eventually, after carrying out some
survey, to return to some hidden orbital station, where the
occupants would meet and talk and plan. And they would have no
specific thought of me or anyone else. If they thought about us,
it would be in the same way I thought about the birds visiting my
bird feeder, or the spider that I stopped to briefly scrutinize
as it hung from the side of the house looking at its prey.

And when I thought about this, I realized that it was disturbing,
not in the sense of an actual fear, but... disturbing. I realized
that I could study this subject partly because I could keep some
of the more powerful implications at bay. Like a pathologist at
an autopsy who doesn't think of his own death every time, or a
doctor who keeps his patients close and distant both at once, and
doesn't think of cancer in his own body, or as I had once when I
carried a climber who had fallen twenty feet onto rocks at the
base, avoiding letting that seep into my own experience as a
possible outcome.

And as I thought about some of this, I had a better understanding
of some of the more extreme characters in ufology. Maybe they
were people who couldn't keep this to one side; who were unable
to remain professionally detached. Sure, some of those were just
attention-seekers, or eccentric characters, but some of them were
probably people who just couldn't keep the subject at a

As for being used to the idea... yeah, sure. I read plenty of
climbing literature and saw plenty of photos. And then I ended up
on a platform the size of a tray two hundred feet up, and believe
me, the feelings were not the same as those when I was sitting
home and reading. They won't be if these things land in my back
yard, either.

Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at
- Original digital art, writing, and UFO research -
Author of SF novels available at...

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