From: Jakes Louw <LOUWJE@telkom.co.za> Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 08:41:42 +0200 Fwd Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 11:16:05 -0500 Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c Jakes E. Louw +27 12 311-2668 082 923 6144 email@example.com >From: firstname.lastname@example.org [Jerome Clark] >Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 13:14:39 PST >To: email@example.com >Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c > Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:17:33 -0800 > From: Ed Stewart <firstname.lastname@example.org> > To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> > Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c > > Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 08:47:51 +0000 > > To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > From: Sean Jones <email@example.com> > > Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c > You just need your emotions, your gut feelings and your belief > system to think that you know what is possible. You are driven by > faith. May well be that is where Ufology belongs, as a faith > driven belief system and ultimately an ET related religion! >Ed, >I'm just curious, having seen you use the phrase "belief system" >repeatedly. Every time I see the phrase, used by you or anyone >else, I wonder what is the difference, meaningfully speaking, >between "belief system" and "belief." Check it out by using >"belief" in a sentence next time some strange compulsion is >driving you, unnecessarily, to make two words out of one. >"Belief system" is one of those dumb cant phrases sort of like >"life style," when in 999 cases out of 1000 a mere "life" would >do. >Of course, reading your remarks, I can't help being reminded of >the classic presumptive error expressed as "What I know I know, >and what you know you only believe." What "belief system" >typically means in rhetorical exercises is "somebody's opinion I >don't agree with." >Cheers, >Jerry Clark Well said, Jerry, And maybe that's what I'm getting at in my convoluted, non-literary way: Until we have enough data to KNOW that UFOs and aliens and abductions are REAL, it all still remains an exercise in FAITH and BELIEF. FAITH because a lot of people have to trust their senses and their brains' interpretation of events BELIEF because a lot of people tend to believe (and usually quite rightly so) the things they have faith in. I mean, I don't have a problem walking around in a 50 story skyscraper, because I believe it won't fall: I have faith and trust that I am correct in my perception. That's because I have seen that these buildings don't fall over everywhere. But what if one does, and I'm inside, and I miraculously survive? My faith and belief will be shattered, because I now KNOW differently. Same with the ETH: until we KNOW, we can NEVER be sure what we are dealing with, or how, or when, or why, or any of these other questions that must bug the hell out of experiencers and abductees all over the world. You owe it to yourselves. It must be done. We need to get to the bottom of this, or else we can truly lay claim to the newest religion, with all the weird connotations that brings with it. Enough bleating from this sheep...
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