The Empire Strikes Forward
a reply to: Springer
To the extent he pursues his efforts honestly and in good faith, I wish Tom DeLonge the very best. That goodwill is, however, strictly conditional.
UFOlogy and "alternative topics" are dominated by charlatans, hucksters and thieves whose misdeeds work in direct opposition to those of us who desire
nothing more nor less than the truth. There is literally no field of inquiry that isn't tainted by their corruption, and the world would be much
better off without them.
A project like To The Stars
could potentially illuminate truth, but could just as well darken it.
There's certainly nothing wrong with people making an honest living and profiting from their hard work, and I have nothing but respect for those who
do. But in light of the colorful history of similar enterprises, I think there is ample justification for skepticism, if not outright cynicism, when
confronted by a project of this kind.
I'm concerned about the now well-established pattern of announcements about announcements about delayed announcements that ultimately bear little
resemblance to the original announcements. There can, of course, be any number of reasons for such things, but even under the best of circumstances,
it's never a good sign.
, I'm also concerned about Mr. DeLonge's self-ascribed role
as an intermediary for "those who know", because such claims are by no means unprecedented. Aside from the cited example of
, nearly every "big name" in UFOlogy has made precisely the same claim of
"inside information", with wildy varying degrees of (generally low) credibility.
Even genuine behind-the-curtain interviews with "government insiders" are notoriously unreliable for a myriad of reasons. Just ask
Combine all that with a literal laundry list
of unsubstantiated claims
and nebulous concoctions of truth and fiction
, and it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish
this endeavor from the standard fare of the UFO circus with which we are all too familiar.
The Truth Is... Where, Exactly?
Underlying every slow-paced "controlled disclosure" scheme is the conceit that we can't handle the truth.
If we are willing to set aside the
direct insult incumbent to that assumption, we are left with someone who is telling us they aren't willing to tell us what they want to tell us.
At least, not now,
or not for free.
Of course, it's possible to tell a good yarn about all these subjects, make money and not necessarily join the UFO rogues gallery in the process.
Franchises like The X-Files,
for example, can intrigue, inspire and entertain without presuming
to exceed the bounds of fiction.
But when someone is only willing to offer partial truth,
for a price, no less, it would be extremely unwise to ignore the
pattern of behavior
Not that I'm suggesting deliberate deceit on the part of Tom Delonge, just pointing out that if he is, in fact, not just pushing another brand of the
same "product" that has become an unfortunate emblem of the "UFO business", he would be better off not checking so many of the same boxes.