posted on Dec, 7 2007 @ 01:09 PM
We've all heard about alien abductions and the little grey guys who are supposedly performing them. There are definitely people out there who believe
without a doubt that they have come into contact with an alien intelligence. They often report that the interaction was both terrifying and profoundly
meaningful to them. Sometimes the aliens perform biological experiments on the abductees or take samples from them. Sometimes the abductees are warned
of a future apocalypse, either environmental or nuclear. Often they are told that they are in some way special and have been selected very carefully
for some purpose that will be made clear to them at a later time. The abductees often describe little grey aliens with bulbous heads and bottomless
pit wrap-around eyes who can control them with their gaze. Frequently they say the aliens do not operate with anything like an independent will, but
are apparently part of a larger hive-mind (something like super-evolved bees). Many abductees report that there was one alien who seemed charged with
looking after their psychological welfare, who knew and understood them intimately, and who showed a concern and even love for them as the others
mechanically performed their tasks.
What are we to make of all this? The number of people who believe that they have had some form of contact with aliens is very high--estimated to be
well into the millions in the US alone. Most of these people are otherwise sane. The question then is obviously: what the heck is going on, because
clearly "something" is.
The first hypothesis, and one that you'll encounter most frequently if you ever decide to investigate, is that the aliens are real and from other
planets. This hypothesis has two main variants. The first says that the aliens are performing the procedures on us to harvest genetic/reproductive
material to create a hybrid race for some purpose (again, imagine a race of super-evolved cosmic bees harvesting our reproductive material in the same
way that our earthly bees harvest the reproductive material of flowers). This theory itself has several versions, some more unpleasant than others.
The second main branch of this "real" alein theory suggests a more benign possibility--that the aliens are simply scientists of some kind who are
fascinated with us and concerned about our welfare.
Another hypothesis is the one set forward by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung--that aliens are in a sense the product of our collective imagination, just
as goblins and fairies once were. The collective unconscious is generating them into reality for some important reason, and it is up to us to
determine what that reason is. I personally find this explanation compelling, and modern physics, unlike the physics of Jung's time, cannot so easily
discount it. Today's quantum mechanics and, at an even smaller scale, super string theory allow for the possibility that the human consciousness in
some way creates the world that it inhabits. If you are a Jungian on this issue, however, you have to ask yourself why the collective human brain is
making little grey men to haunt and facinate us. Psychedelic guru Terrence McKenna, a big time Jungian, had an interesting theory. He speculated that
we were bringing the UFO and alien into existence as an antidote to modern science and industrialization, which he believed were leading us to our
doom. In McKanna's theory, the UFO is something like an alarm bell, but also an antidote to the materialistic-Western-scientific-paternalistic way of
viewing the world. The UFO is the monkey wrench which shows our science up for what it is, and suggests the endlessness of possibility out there. It
reminds us of our limitations but also of our potential.