To Be or Not To Be
A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!
~A Wise Man Said~
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
~When in Lancaster~
Life as PhD Student
Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Thursday, March 14, 2002
Thousands of people in the U.S claim that they had been abducted by aliens. Why the aliens chose to abduct them or why they dropped them back on earth, are questions they do not answer. A scientist is known to have said, "If the aliens would only keep all the folks they abduct, our world would be a little saner." I suppose that makes more than a little sense.
I cannot, for the life of me figure out why otherwise normal people (I assume they're otherwise normal) should make up such stories. From what I've read it seems that these people may have possibly gone through traumatic events early in life and this is how they find a release. I wonder why so many people should choose to find a release in this manner. I mean, why don't they exercise a little imagination and come up with something more original? Why Alien's and U.F.Os, for whatever's sake?
If one person were to dream of such a thing, there would be nothing going for him, but a mass of people chanting this same thing is sure something to notice. There may not be anything in their stories, but there's something in this phenomenon itself.
I wonder if the people who say they had been so abducted or those who are certain they had spotted U.F.Os, are really all that sure about their experiences. If yes, I find it difficult to imagine them as sane individuals and if not, I find it yet more difficult to imagine their motivations. Attention seems to be the best bet, but to think that people would go as far as this to gain attention defies thinking (atleast mine)
There are several reasons why it's impossible that aliens could have been visiting earth, though the possibility of such a thing happening in future has not been discounted either. I will not get into the details, but that's what the people who should know have to say (ofcourse, they also have arguments to back their statements).
A very interesting idea that I stumbled upon is that at a time when genies were popular in our culture, they used to spring out of lamps everywhere; when fairies were written about, people spoke of having encountered them; and now, that aliens are shown in movies, people are actually abducted by them (Ghosts seem to have a timeless quality).
Fact is, before the possibility of the existence of such creatures was made known to the general public, no one had claimed to be forcibly spirited away by them. Once such possibilities were discussed, evidences seemed to spring out of nowhere (It's another matter that none of these evidences could withstand scientific tests).
One would have thought that there was enough food for humour in all of this, as it were, but there's more. People who believe they have gone through such experiences need some kind of help out of their situation (why they got into it in the first place is something that still beats me). And these days there's help for almost anything, as any psychiatrist might be pleased to inform you. Trouble is, instead of jostling the clients out of their dream state, the psychiatrists themselves start indulging their dreams. If that doesn't confound all...
The patient is now more sure than before that he has not been hallucinating or any such thing. The psychiatrist now tries to glean information from him, information that may help him get a fairer idea of the alien's whereabouts. I must admit that I was dumbstruck to learn this; that people who are supposed to help the victims should actually play with their emotions.
After all, if the healer himself catches the malady, who is to save them? I don't know...