posted on Apr, 2 2007 @ 05:06 PM
Before I begin, I want to put a disclaimer firmly in place:
This post is not intended, and should not be taken, as a personal 'attack' on Mr. O'Finioan.
I watched the often-linked interview with Mr. O'Finioan (since he hasn't given me his permission, I don't consider myself to have the right to
refer to him by his given name...it's a matter of respect), and I will say that he sounds sincere. I will also grant you (since I lack any evidence
to the contrary) that he sounds like a fairly polite and generally pleasant fellow.
That does not, however, make his story any more believable. Sounding good in no way impacts the veracity of a statement. As an example, does anyone on
this board really think that Patrick Stewart was the commanding officer of a starship? He certainly sounded like one, and certainly acted like
one...but he wasn't one. Making a story *sound* true is the defining skill of actors, con men, and televangelists (maybe those last two
overlap....but that's another story). I'm not saying that Mr. O'Finioan is any of those things, I'm simply pointing out that, as I said, sounding
good doesn't make a story true.
I'm also amused by people who say that 'we shouldn't bother Mr. O'Finioan...he's had a hellish life, and deserves his privacy', or phrases to
that effect. If his story is true, then Mr. O'Finioan has my deepest sympathies...but he (and those who accept his story) can't have it both ways.
He can have his privacy, *or* he can put his story out on the internet for all (or at least all of us with net access) to see. He can't (at least
with any intellectual honesty) expect to make such an amazing story public and not face scrutiny.
You can probably tell that I'm fairly skeptical of Mr. O'Finioan's claims...but I'll point to the modifier 'fairly'. All I'm asking for is some
proof. If he's really superhuman, then surely there's something he could show us? This is a man who claims to have telekinetic abilities, superhuman
strength, the ability to walk through solid walls, and kill with a thought. Would it be that hard to demonstrate just *one* of those? (As a side-note
to his publicist, such a demonstration would probably do wonders for book sales).