posted on Dec, 22 2009 @ 07:44 AM
I love our membership.. I really do.. The passion that "all sides" of ufology have is truly a unique design and a conundrum all rolled up in one
area attempting to interact with one another.
What I do fear though is that many that want to believe so much in something being real, can't seem to handle the need for intelligent skepticism.
Which whether they accept it or not is necessary so that when the "real" phenomena is presented and everything that it possibly could be is ruled
out of the scenario, then whatever is left has to be as close to the truth as our human knowledge will allow. This would include all the radar data,
eye witness reports, photographs, videos, artifacts, etc., being examined and certain consistencies whether historical or present-day being included
into the equation. And then when we are left with no other possibilities, then a whole new set of theories and conjecture come into play as we have
apparently ruled out all "known objects" factors. It's not a very satisfying field of research as I personally know because the rewards are few in
comparison to the 98% that end up getting ruled out. But... It's that 2% that's left over that I find very intriguing and keeps me looking and
searching for answers..
I say this only because I'm worried that too many people really want something to be real to justify their belief system, especially in regards to
YouTube videos. It is so easy for someone wanting to hoax or take credit with a bit of footage that they will add the TAG UFO to it knowing they will
garner more hits... Be smart people, no one is going to take you seriously if all you bring to the table is a YouTube video and a "Thread Grabbing
It is our duty and obligation to be skeptical on phenomena being presented so that we may maintain credibility. I'm not saying that you should or
shouldn't believe in 'something', but have the moral dignity to back up your beliefs with credible information.
In the case of this thread, we have heard from the believers, the skeptics, the debunkers, the trolls and everyone else in between. With all factors
weighed in, it seems highly likely with a 99.99% chance that these are planes on maneuvers regardless of what the YouTube Subject header calls them.
Unless other data is presented that can refute this, then this is about as far as we can go with this presented video.
No matter how strong one wants to believe in "something", if the data points otherwise, then it's time to move on. It does not mean that you have
to give up your belief system, it just means that you must continue looking. There are no winners or losers in a case like this, it's not a race or
battle of us against them. But do take the knowledge and information gained from the experience and apply it to whatever else may come your way. Also
relish in the knowledge that as much as you may dislike the person that says "no I don't think it's this, but I think it is this and here's why",
this person has a moral obligation and a "right" to be skeptical if the data and/or information presented is solely a third-person account, a
photograph with no information or (egads) a You tube Video.
[edit on 12/22/2009 by JohnnyAnonymous]