"But I was so much older than... I'm younger than than that now" Dylan
Tribute To James McDonald Video Clip below
Young people are interested in UFOs. At my NY UFO Meeting Group, it was mostly younger people who showed up.
Starting a meeting in NY was insane. Couldn’t get a private room, so we ended up meeting in a restaurant. Privacy was gone immediately. Even brash New Yorkers didn’t want to be subjected to ridicule discussing UFOs in public! We were lucky, however, to get a private room for just a couple of weeks, and that’s when the meeting took off.
Young people from all over attended, bringing video they took themselves. We found out New York City is definitely having sightings.
By the way, the people who stayed were knowledgeable about the subject, and very open to new ideas. There were genuine exchange of theories on what the UFO phenomenon could be, and some debate. It was good and refreshing to see. The group’s rules were simple: respect each other and no commercialism. Many of the people who attended can not afford to go to the conferences, but that didn’t mean they weren’t dedicated to getting to the ground truth of UFOs. In fact, two of them and I went to the MUFON training in NY. Since then, one that I know of has passed the test and is now an investigator for MUFON. She has now started a MUFON meeting in NYC.
That meeting gave me a great deal of hope for the future of UFO research. Because of illness and family tragedy I was unable to keep the meeting going in the winter. I intend to start the meeting up in March.
So what am I getting at here?
I read a post by Nick Redfern with a rather bleak “certainty” about the next 50 years of UFO research. Now, it seems Nick “knows for certain” what will happen in the next 50 years of UFO research and it’s the same old same old:
I like Nick. He is all that is right about the future of UFO research. But I’m a lot older than Nick, and I have this bit of advice from the long-view perspective: if you want to live a long time and help the future of UFOs… work at making the research right.
Before I go on about youth and UFOs, let me make an observation about these old-school UFO researchers, the ufologists.
In spite of a powerful, half-century long disinformation campaign by the US Government, in spite of ongoing ridicule of media, character attacks by debunkers and obsessed non believers and believers alike, they’re still standing. Add to this oppressive array of attackers and deniers the further attacks by often-politically controlled mainstream scientists. In spite of it all, the old school ufologists were still willing to continue to do the leg work. They suffered personally, professionally, and economically --but they’ve been busy keeping the UFO question alive and remaining respectful to the witnesses they talk into going public.
The honest, old-school UFO researcher has a lot to be proud of , and he/she represents a big part of UFO witness legacy. When the truth is known, I hope the old-school ufologists finally get the credit and public gratitude they deserve.
I am not certain about anything --like Nick. But I have much more optimism than Nick Redfern does. There are some very smart young people out there, some will become scientists, and I believe it won’t be as easy as in past years to keep these younger scientists inside the rationalist box.
We have to admit the next generation of scientists and ufologists has been exposed to more paranormal information and research than in any time in the history of the world. These young people are ready.
Look what happened in America … We had a damned peaceful revolution --through the ballot box. This revolution was inspired by and the energy and perseveranceof our young people. WOW!
Group of Young UFO investagators in Peru:
Out at an investigation:
Some fruits of their labor:
I have always believed that we have really failed the young. If there is lack of inspiration in the UFO field, whose fault is it? If we don’t inspire young people about the wonder and possibility of the greatest mysteries of all time, then we can’t inspire anyone. The way I see it, we don’t even try.
The younger established UFO researchers like Nick have a challenge if they want to take it. They are better equipped to do the legwork and communicate effectively with young people all the possibilities streaming from our growing body of UFO knowledge. And then the young people will imagine even more possibilities, themselves.
We can certainly tell our ufology successors about the dangers --like becoming too dogmatic about any idea, about filtering out witnesses because of preconceived notions, about discarding facts because of the ego of the presenter, or the personal economic or professional position of the witness.
I am not a blue skies kind of guy when it comes to the future of ufology. I see that the future presents great challenges… and many who want to evade the truth on all fronts.
But let us look at what is really happening now and put our prejudice aside. And remember, I believe non-commercial is a better way to go.
New evidence for hope: these recent UFO investigative TV shows are great, not perfect but great; for me they are also culture shock. Boy, did we need these a long time ago.
Think about the resources these TV shows use. Think about how many debunking theories has been shot down in one single show. UFO Hunters “Lost UFO Files” is prime example of what can be done to entertain AND challenge the public on the range of UFO issues.
Video: Tribute To "The Last Scientist" Dr. James McDonald
Of course, one TV series is not long-term investigation. But the young have a big mandate, so many facets of UFOs, so many investigations to carry out.
For starters, what about these actual places, physical locations where UFO and other phenomenon seem to congregate, even with multiple contacts? Very little scientific investigation has happened on this topic of UFO geo-hotspots that also manifest many different paranormal phenomena.
The young who want to do something in this field need people like you. Nick Redfern “do the right thing” in UFO research: walking into the future by becoming part of the future young UFO investigator. Look what one young person did for UFOs”
John Greenewald …. One young student… one idea… next thing you know “The Black Vault” and the release of thousands of government files.
I’ll always believe the way out is in.
Part Two: Call Of The Wild UFO And The Young
What Can A Future Of Hope Offer?
UFO Media Matters