Taking UFOs (whatever the hell they are) seriously

“Disclosure has happened. … I’ve got stacks of generals, including Soviet generals, who’ve come out and said UFOs are real. My point is, how many times do senior officials need to come forward and say that this is real?”
— John Alexander, US Army Colonel

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There is no consensus on what UFOs are. The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis suggests they are literal aliens in spacecrafts. The Inter-dimensional Hypothesis suggest they are native to Earth, but from a different dimension and/or time. And the Psychosocial Hypothesis of course, states that all of these are psychological and social phenomenons.

There is also cultural tracking— the tendency for UFO related phenomenon to change their appearance and nature over time (UFOs appeared as airships pre-19th century, Rockets/Supersonic Travel in the 1940’s, and so forth) and to different cultures. Consider how in prior times, events like fairy sightings, fairy abductions, and encounters with demons were quite common. Yet with the ascent of the modern age, “aliens” quickly replaced these phenomenons. Fairies were of course, Christianized versions of pagan deities and spiritual experiences. Spiritually rich, non-Christian nations in the world today still retain culturally unique phenomenons like: abundance of ghost encounters and mythology, shamanism, spiritual possession by gods, encounters with spiritual beings in woods and mountains, dragon sightings, etc. In the inter-dimensional hypothesis, cultural tracking can also be explained via the possibility that the “aliens” are only slightly more advanced (explaining why their technology were always only slightly ahead of our own).

But the public is largely confused at this point, due to decades of pop culture, hoaxes, celebrity scientists, youtube pundits, and conspiracy theories. There is also a strangely naive faith in the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis over the lesser known (but in my opinion much more likely) Inter-dimensional Hypothesis and Psychosocial Hypothesis.

Because of this, the quieter news of declassification and admittance by various governments that yes, “UFO phenomenons are real, and no, we don’t know what they are” were constantly ignored (except by the crackpots of course). There is an unspoken taboo, by the culture, and by academia, to not engage in the study seriously. They continue to ignore the fact that these phenomenons (whatever it may be) needs serious study and examination. As a result, the field is taken up by Ufologists, and half of them are crackpots. The professionals need to wrestle this field back from the domain of the conspiracy theorists.

Defending the Mesoamericans

Mural Fragment Representing a Ritual of World Renewal
Mural Fragment Representing a Ritual of World Renewal. 

A question to those who enjoy deep-thought:

Should Mesoamerican, and other historical expressions, of auto-sacrifice (bloodletting) and human sacrifice be considered legitimate and healthy expressions of human culture?— ASSUMING that these expressions were consensual.

At the very least, I contend that ritual self-bloodletting (auto-sacrifice) is a safe practice, if done with proper sanitation. Within the worldview of Mesoamerican religions itself, that is to say. There are still cultures today that practice this to a certain extent. The Tang-Ki Shamans of Taiwan for example, practice auto-sacrifice when they are possessed by the gods. 


What is meant by Consensual: That is to say, for example, warriors who participate in Mesoamerican Flower Wars does so knowing that they may be sacrificed to the gods, but that death is worth chancing for socio-economic advancement.

What is meant by Culture: By culture I meant religion. In Mesoamerican Theology, the offerings of blood is an expression of gratitude to the gods who have crippled themselves to maintain our universe. The gods bleed for us and we bleed for them. In the most extreme case of this, martyrdom is the cost of keeping the SUN alive so that the world does not end.


The Aztec Impression 

It is true that the Mexica (Azetcs) took human sacrifice to new extremes (but not to the levels that Spanish propaganda would have us believe), and largely does so with war prisoners and tributes (whose consent is almost certainly questionable) and were politically reviled by their neighbours for their imperialism (neighbours who conveniently allied with the Spanish I should add), but this doesn’t mean all of Mesoamerican culture or theology is alike that of the Mexica. Nor that indigenous Central American cultures should be reviled, or their destruction justified.