Sitting on your fold-out camping chair, you reach down and grab a tasty drink from the cooler. Open it and put it up to your lips. The fizz jumps up and tickles your nose. Take a sip. The refreshing coolness runs down your throat and settles into your stomach. This is exactly where you want to be.
At that moment, you look up, and see something in the sky. That’s not a star, you think to yourself. Then you go through the list of objects that your brain wants you to believe it is:
It’s not moving like any of those. Your heart starts to race. Is that what I think it is?
You’re no expert. But you know what you saw. In general, you know how most common bugs behave. In general, you know how most airplanes travel across the sky. And in general, you know if you’re looking at a stationary planet or not.
Who do you tell? How do you tell them? Who would believe you?
This is a challenge that thousands of people (if not more) have experienced, while sitting on their fold-out camping chair, looking up at the night sky.
Let’s try and break down the UFO situation unfolding in the media.
We have…(in order of when I heard about these):
- Investigative Journalists: Jeremy Corbel, George Knapp
- Film Makers: James Fox
- Authors: Jacque Vallee, Diana Walsh Pasulka
- Government insiders: Lue Elizondo, Chris Mellon, Dr. Steven Greer, and many others
- Pilots: David Fravor and Alex Dietrich
- Senator and military officials (current and former, some high ranking): Reed, Rubio, Ratcliffe
- Public Relations/Pop Culture: To The Star Academy Appears
- Social media: #UFOtwitter
- (this is not a full list, who did I miss?)
There are tons more – from blogger, Youtubers, and any other people that have been around this topic for decades.
What is an interested newbie, layperson, normie (like myself) supposed to with all of this information?
In the last five years or so, we have been saturated with fake news and political BS on a daily basis. And more recently, this past year has been a masterclass in personal freedom and sovereignty vs security for community and others. Trust in institutions is at an all-time low.
Humans are tribal. People picking sides because that’s what we do. Sports. Politics. Pandemics – it doesn’t matter. And this latest revelation, that UFOs are real and governments saying they don’t know what they are, is another example of our human tribal tendencies.
Pick any of the above areas – journalism, films, books, etc. – and you will find that anyone will have their own favorite celebrities and cliques.
Don’t like Jeremy Corbel or George Knapp? Mick West is your man.
Don’t like Steven Greer? Lue Elizondo may be a good fit for you.
Don’t like UFO news coverage from Fox News? Head over to CNN or Youtube.
Like a lot of controversial topics, the UFO topic is subject to misunderstanding and disinformation. But unlike a lot of controversial topics, the UFO topic is the ‘extreme unknown.’ Because whoever claims to know the real info, is either a liar, a fool, or could actually know what’s going on.
How to Make Sense of All This UFO Nonsense AND 3 Ways to Get Involved in the Conversation
- Research it yourself – Watch, listen, and read as much as you find relevant to your search. I started blogging about it here. Don’t go too deep though, make sure to…
- Be aware of your biases: (this is only a small list, I have done all of these)
Anchoring Bias: “The tendency to revise one’s belief insufficiently when presented with new evidence”
Availability Bias: “The tendency to overestimate the likelihood of events with greater “availability” in memory, which can be influenced by how recent the memories are or how unusual or emotionally charged they may be”
Confirmation Bias: “The tendency to search for, interpret, focus on and remember information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions”
Extension Neglect: “The tendency to ignore general information and focus on information only pertaining to the specific case, even when the general information is more important”
- Ask questions! – Do you have burning questions about what the heck is going on? If you are interested in the UFO topic, ask people on #ufotwitter. You’ll get the answer you’re looking, or at the very least, you’ll be shown a fun new out-of-this-world theory on the origins of UFOs. Share with others and find your UFO-tribe (play nice)!
Remember, this is all for fun. No one is getting hurt here, and no one knows exactly what’s going on. It’s like a twisted alternative reality-show, with hundreds of producers and writers, being created in real-time. We don’t know how this started. We don’t know how this will end.
But NOW is the time to get involved and become part of this conversation!
- Do your own research
- Know your biases
- Ask lots of questions
Have fun out there, and I’ll see you tonight looking up at the same sky as me, hoping to find some answers.
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