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Editorials: Ufology

By Dennis Balthaser

Are We Alone?

03/01/00

 

When becoming involved with the subject of ufology at any level, we are faced with the fact that things are seen in the sky by different individuals, that are not explainable as anything we know about, or have seen before. I suppose that’s why it’s so important to understand that UFO, means "Unidentified Flying Object". Does that mean they are extraterrestrial and from another world? Not necessarily. 90% of what people see are explainable objects, either caused by natural phenomenon, (planets, stars, comets, ball lightning, etc.), or man-made by us here on earth, such as airplanes, balloons, etc. The remaining 10% continues to mystify us, many times reported by credible individuals, with no logical explanation for what they have seen or experienced. If they are in fact craft from another world, are they unmanned probes or are they controlled by living beings of some sort? If and when it’s proven that these UFOs are actually maneuvered or controlled by living beings from somewhere other than the earth, then the answer to the question "Are We Alone", might finally be known.

 

I have as many others have, read many of the books about aliens, and have interviewed several witnesses claiming to have actually had experiences with alien life forms. I’m not qualified to be judgmental on what I was told, but I honestly believe that many that shared their experiences with me did actually experience something, and I felt a deep obligation to at least listen to them. When possible, I referred them to more qualified professional researchers to pursue their experiences.

 

Years ago I reported the planet Venus as being a UFO, only to find out that I was mistaken. Who could argue with the fact that the F-117 or B-2 Stealth aircraft, at certain angles of observation, could easily be mistaken for a UFO. How many other newly developed craft are in our possession that the public doesn’t know anything about, because they are still classified for national security, which is a viable reason for not making them public.

 

The research of this subject almost places one in a "Catch 22" situation. I know in my case as a researcher and investigator, I want to be told, if in fact we have alien craft and/or alien beings in our possession. On the other hand, I do not want any foreign threats to our nation because we publicly told the world about new technology or craft that we’re developing. I no longer believe that the public would panic over the news that we are not alone in the universe, as was more prominent 50 years ago, because today people are much more educated and open minded to such possibilities. Perhaps the people in charge in our government or military don’t believe that, or maybe, and this would be a worse scenario, this is the Government’s way of controlling us. After all, "IF" we have been in the past and are currently being visited by extraterrestrials from another world, as many believe, maybe our military and political leaders can’t do anything about it, consequently until they can, if they ever can, they won’t admit it exists, because I believe that would cause concern among the masses. Unfortunately, in many instances, we no longer know whether to believe our leaders or not, based on their records for the past several years with such things as Vietnam, IranContra, Watergate, and the fact that we have four excuses for the Roswell Incident. In some of the Air Force reports about the Roswell Incident, there were no bodies, then there were bodies, but they were anthropomorphic dummies. They were 3 ½ ft. to 5 ft. tall…the dummies were 5’-8" to 5’-10" and not even used until several years after the Roswell Incident. We no longer know if we’re being told the truth or not.

 

Just within recent years Scientists, Engineers and Astronomers have been talking about the "possibility" of life elsewhere in the universe. The odds are just to great, considering the number of stars and planets that are out there to think we’re alone. That would be taking our own egotism to the maximum. That type thinking by professional, respected individuals, of itself is good news, but I still have a problem with the universal statement usually made by those type people that, "life as we know it", might exist somewhere else. Where in the rulebook does it say that it has to be life as we know it? To me this shows the limitations of the human mind to be able to only associate with things we already know about. Who’s to say that they breathe oxygen and walk upright? Perhaps they crawl on their stomachs, (if they have them), and breathe sulfuric acid. I cannot rule out the fact that if they can get here from wherever they are from, they are drastically different from us, and are so far advanced of us that we cannot possibly understand or relate to anything connected with them. I believe it was Stanton Friedman who once said, "intelligence-wise, we humans are trying to get into the pre-school of the universe".

 

Also, if life doesn’t exist anywhere in the universe other than on this little blob of mud and water we call earth, why are we and other countries spending the billions of dollars we spent to search for other life forms out in space? That money could certainly be used for our benefit here on earth to fight poverty, help our environment and other things that are drastically needed, or out of control in many instances. If aliens from another world do exist, why would they want to communicate with us? We seem to be destroying the planet as fast as we can with pollution, cutting down the rain forests, and depleting the ozone layer. We can’t get along with our neighbors, other ethnic groups and certainly not with many other countries, so what realistically could we offer to a life form, so advanced that they can get here, but we can’t go there yet? I hope there is a civilization somewhere with higher intelligence than us. Just maybe we can learn from them…before it’s too late. I had a fourth grade art teacher who once said "man will someday get so smart, he will destroy himself ". I have never forgotten that statement and during the cold war, believed it might actually happen.

 

Recently, a nationwide poll of nearly 1,500 people (including a number of leading astronomers and astrophysicists), was conducted by the syndicated cable television show Dateline:USA, which found that more than 70 percent of those surveyed, believe there is intelligent life in the universe, perhaps even in our own Milky Way Galaxy. Seventy percent is a higher percentage number than most politicians receive to be elected. Is it time for our leaders to listen to the people that put them in office, and get back to our Constitution which starts with "We the People"?

 

The opinions of those surveyed, were evenly divided on whether aliens would be hostile or not. Nearly 80 percent of those surveyed were convinced that alien technology would be more advanced than ours, which of course it would have to be, simply to be able to get here, across millions of light years of space. So, there are probably "just not aliens, but intelligent aliens".

 

In my opinion, recent missions and probes by NASA have done a lot to again stir interest in this age-old question: are we alone? Hopefully that question can be answered in our lifetime.

 

Virtually all the respondents to the Dateline survey agreed that alien beings from other worlds will not "look like us". One surprising result of the survey to me, was the fact that 65 percent of those surveyed, felt that we’d be conquered or annihilated if an alien race invaded earth. If in fact aliens do exist and have been visiting our earth as long as many believe they have, would they not have had ample time to do that already, if in fact that was their motive for coming or being here. Certainly our military is much more "high tech" today than it was only a few years ago to defend ourselves from any invasion. As much as I hate to admit it, maybe we’re not worth invading, until we can get up to their level. But then again, if they are advanced enough to get here, will we ever get to that level? As the art teacher said, maybe we’ll destroy ourselves. Could that be what they are waiting for?

 

So I’m not answering the question, but prefer to let you decide "Are we Alone"? Many indications seem to imply that we are not. If we are alone, maybe it’s time we took a long look at ourselves before we get so smart that we do destroy ourselves, because if that happened and we are alone in the universe, the earth would be a very quiet place and a terrible waste.

 

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