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Liminal UFOs And The Alien Raison D'Etre

From: Mac Tonnies <macbot.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 11:55:20 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Sat, 14 May 2005 11:16:17 -0400
Subject: Liminal UFOs And The Alien Raison D'Etre

Liminal UFOs And The Alien Raison D'Etre

by Mac Tonnies


Why don't aliens make open contact? Why do they seem content
with taunting our aircraft and haunting lonely night roads? Why
the elusiveness that's characterized the UFO phenomenon since
the modern era of sightings began in the late 1940s?

There are a multitude of reasons a visiting civilization would
refrain from 'landing on the White House lawn', foremost among
them the potentially debilitating effect open contact might
wreak on terrestrials. History shows that relatively advanced
sea-faring cultures topple less developed cultures, in part by
collapsing defining assumptions and rendering cultural self-hood
obsolete. If we're of any research value to a visiting
civilization then interfering at the macro-sociological level
might threaten to destroy thousands of years of patient work.
The paradox is that UFOs do exhibit an interest in our
activities. But it's a cryptic, behind-the-scenes sort of
interest: clandestine-seeming at first take but, on closer
inspection, almost alarmingly conspicuous, like a silent plea
for attention.

One idea to account for this behavior is that the UFO
intelligence somehow hinges on our belief in it (a notion that
assumes an esoteric origin instead of the more common 'nuts and
bolts' extraterrestrial hypothesis). In this scenario, the UFOs
are engaged in an elaborate act of psychic propaganda, preparing
our collective unconscious for the idea of 'others,' ET or
otherwise. It's well worth remembering that humanity's
interaction with apparent visitors is hardly limited to alleged
space travelers in the 20th century; Jacques Vallee's classic
Passport To Magonia offers strong support to the - admittedly
slippery - prospect that the UFO intelligence was functioning
under the guise of faerie lore in Europe centuries before the
idea of spaceflight became fashionable.

It's possible that UFOs would like to initiate something like
formal contact but are restrained from doing so by the physics
of perception, as Whitley Strieber has suggested. So the pageant
in our skies might be an ongoing indoctrination, an attempt to
become more substantial - in our universe, at least - so that a
more meaningful dialogue can be reached at some indeterminate
point in the future. One way of achieving this might be to
cultivate a milieu of incipience, in which nonhuman contact (or
disclosure) seems inevitable. In fact, this illusory notion of
an impending ufological 'smoking gun' has left a pronounced
signature on the history of UFO research, often forcing
investigators to take sides in a fruitless - if colorful -
ideological battle that reduces the UFO enigma to trite
discussion of galactic federations and Orwellian government

If UFOs are attempting to breach our universe, our ingrained
sense of disbelief might be preventing them in some arcane
quantum mechanical sense. Strieber has argued that official
denial of the phenomenon is designed to thwart a potential
invasion of nonhuman intelligence, in which case it seems an
enduring stalemate has been reached - with occasional power-plays
made by both the UFOs and earthly officialdom. This idea is
similar to the citizens of the Planck Brane in Rudy Rucker's
science fiction epic, Frek And The Elixir. In Rucker's novel,
the inhabitants of a parallel universe must accumulate a
critical level of prestige and notoriety or else cease to exist.
The ruling class consists of six individuals who are so well-
known and casually accepted by the other Planck Braners that
they persist with their individuality intact while their fellows
vanish during periodic "renormalization storms"; only when the
main characters deride and purposefully ignore them to they fade
into the quantum background. Strieber takes a similar idea and
runs with it in his horror novel, The Forbidden Zone, which
depicts a reality-bending alien presence set loose upon a small
town in the wake of a quantum experiment gone awry.

The overriding theme, which we find prevalent in occult
literature, is that our universe is permeable and can, under
specific circumstances, provide a channel to unseen realms (an
idea that's remarkably similar to contemporary thought on
wormhole travel). Of immediate interest is Aleister Crowley's
'Lam', a "magickal" entity who bears an uncanny resemblance to
today's 'Grays'. Unlike Lam, who functioned as a mentor and
paraphysical guru, the Grays are typically assumed to be
dispassionate ET scientists; if Crowley were practicing his
consciousness experiments today, would he be greeted by dome-
headed beings in skin-tight jumpsuits? (Perhaps it pays for
aliens to stay in touch with predominant memes if it entails
making a lasting impression. The presence of awkward, quasi-
human 'Men In Black,' chronicled in detail by Kenny Randles and
John Keel, suggest that aliens may have already infiltrated -
 perhaps in order to refine the art of passing as typical
Earthlings. If so, what's the ultimate agenda?)

We're left with a surreal residue of encounters and sightings
that describe an intelligence operating at the periphery of
human consciousness. Whether this is due to deliberate intent or
can be attributed to obstruction (willful or innocuous) remains
one of ufology's most significant unanswered questions.

Mac Tonnies

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