Hey guys, I just wrote a post in another thread regarding a video and the usual "WTF is this" rhetoric that somewhat pertains to the topic at hand
so I thought I would share it since I did spend a bit of time writing my retort (Mods, if I'm breaking any policy by copying and pasting my text from
another thread, feel free to delete this post, no harm meant!). Anywho, enjoy!
Response from previous thread:
I just started posting here a bit ago, so excuse me for butting in, but I have to at some point, otherwise I'll never get accepted by the "cool
kids" here at ATS
I'll just go ahead and say that I am a believer in the possibility in alien life, but I'm also a believer in rational thought.
Nowadays, people IMO immediately correlate "UFO" as having some direct connection to alien life and attack those that don't agree with what they
believe a particular object is (non-believers and believers alike are just as guilty though ... no party is less or more right than the other). Aliens
from another planet/higher dimension/under the ocean? In all likelihood (I'd guesstimate around 9/10 of the time), that's probably not the case, but
who am I to know. I'm not saying that these UFOs aren't alien, but neither you nor I know for a fact (unless it's a blantantly obvious
bird/plane/balloon/whatever) that a video of a respective object is in fact alien in nature unless said aliens took you onboard, high-fived you, and
probed you to the point of you questioning your own sexual prefence. I speak sarcastically of course (and in a light-hearted manner), but we really
have no way of knowing what is piloting said UFO.
UFO is an acronym for "Unidentified Flying Object" ... UFOs are very real ... heck, I've seen UFOs tons of times, but did I think they we're
alien? Nope ... I thought they we're unidentified and I didn't know what they were so how can I (or anybody for that matter) properly classify an
object and label it as "alien" without really even knowing what it is, who is piloting it, IF anyone is even piloting it, it's origins, etc etc?
Basically, you just can't. You can guess, you can postulate, but you can't make an accurate assessment without having firm information/data/puzzle
peices/cupcakes (mmmm cupcakes) ... also having a predisposed bias can cloud judgement and skew the overall picture and make the aforementioned
Is the object alien in nature? Is the object man-made? Is the object a bird? A plane? Could it possible Superman (okay, seriously, NO)? That being
said, what do you do? Like I said, none of us can tell for sure ... be you a believer, be you a skeptic, be you a potato, the only thing any of us can
honestly do is label it as a UFO because the thing in question (and the majority of any other related-things) is UNIDENTIFIED (say what?) and in fact
FLYING (omg ... no way) and ... well ... (drum roll) it's an OBJECT (ta-daaaaa). Sidenote: as far as "AFO" ... I don't think that'll catch on
unfortunately, but I do agree their should be further caveats in haphazardly classifying UFOs which in itself is kind of a contradiction. How can you
classify that of which is unknown ... oh well
I'm not attacking anyone's beliefs. I'm really just encouraging everyone to be a bit more neutral in their classifications regardless of their
beliefs. None of us know what some things are up there, so call the kettle "black" ... or in this case, call it a "UFO" in the literal sense when
you don't know what it is!
Thanks for listening to me peeps. Can't wait till I hit 20 posts!