Be honest with yourself. Are you a UFO skeptic, a true believer, or an enthusiast? Listen to the video and take a look at youself where do you fit?
Budd Hopkins is the researcher’s researcher. He’s not a perfect guy, not arrogant…just real. Hopkins even inspired a Pulitzer Prize winning Harvard professor to look at UFO abduction because of the quality of the hard data his research produced. When John Mack examined Budd Hopkins’s excellent research and then changed his views on UFO abductions, Hopkins showed us all --skeptics, true believers, and everybody else who bothers to pay attention-- the real power of good data.
So, thanks to the legacy of Budd Hopkins and Dr. John Mack, we can see how important it is to ask ourselves the toughest question of all: have UFO researchers and witnesses learned from past mistakes? Are the most educated and the most opinionated among us willing to look at ourselves and rethink what we mean by belief vs. truth and opinion vs. fact…and observation vs. conclusion?
We all claim to have an open mind, right? If you think yours is, give this clip a listen.
DVD: Budd Hopkins Skeptics & True believers. 2008 International UFO Congress:
Do you ever find yourself doing what I do, when something really bizarre, or outrageous surfaces in conversation or on your favorite website… simply checking in and asking yourself:
Could what I’m thinking here actually be what I’ve decided to believe
--rather what I’m likely to conclude from examining the available facts?
How do I decide what constitutes independent, verifiable data?
Who has the authority to establish --or demolish-- the testimony of direct witnesses?
Our beliefs are important, they define us. But what happens when we make it impossible for truth to even sneak up on us, because we’ve forgotten the art of being absolutely honest with ourselves --honest and aware enough to call a belief a belief, and not presume it’s an absolute truth?
Should we be surprised that the casual type of self-dishonesty we indulge in is used very effectively by others, and not in a good way? I suspect it’s used across the board --by us and against us-- when it comes to thinking about, researching, and even experiencing UFOs.
So I’d like to move just for a minute from belief about verifiable facts, to spirituality. The spiritual life without honest self-examination is what I call “getting high on God”, and I define that as a place where you may feel, safe and accepted, but it’s also a place were you can lose yourself. Some UFO witnesses and experiences look to us for help and the truth. Shouldn’t we provide that help based on the truth of what we know, and separate what we know from what we believe?
Most crucially, we must continue to ask this: Do we really know the entities of the abduction phenomenon are good?
The intelligence on the other side of this knows its own reasons.
We don’t have any real way of knowing if they, the representatives of that intelligence, lie and manipulate…we can only believe and hope they have good reasons for being here.
But that’s our hope, our belief. Not ground truth. Not intelligent conclusions based on decades of facts.
In an article in Fate Magazine [May 2008] about a famous African Healer who claims he was abducted, “Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa and the Alien Agenda” author Louis Proud reports:
"Credo is recognized by many as one of the most distinguished African traditional healers of the 20th century…He is, in fact, the spiritual leader of the sanusis and sangomas of South Africa. …Credo claims to have been abducted by beings his people, the Zulus, call the mantindane. Even more surprising is the fact that these creatures look and act exactly like what we in the West call the “grays”…The late John E. Mack was among one of the first UFO researchers in the West to interview Credo…an expert [John Mack, Ed.] on the alien abduction phenomenon, found difficult not to take seriously. "
Listen to what Zulu elder Credo Mutwa claims about the grays:
“Some of these beings, says Credo, have covertly and profoundly influenced all human cultures and civilizations for millennia…As regards different types of alien beings, the mantindane are apparently the most important to Africans, who fear them greatly. The word mantindane, by the way, translates as “the tormentors.” Credo described these entities to Mack as troublesome and “parasitic,” claiming that they “instill superstition, sow discord, and may even cause disease.”
This Zulu spiritual leader describes ET behavior in a way that fits my conclusion that they are very intelligent and manipulate the human race from the shadows and, through displays and mythology. Others, of course, say ETs are wonderful and good.
In the final analysis we don’t know the real agenda behind the UFO abduction phenomenon, or behind any of the many other UFO phenomenon.
Not knowing--and admitting we don’t know-- can be a healthy position, especially when it’s is the truth.
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