Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
...All you have is my word; the word of someone who habitually doubted extraordinary explanations of things like this, suddenly compelled to post his
observations of something extraordinary.
edit on 29-11-2010 by SkepticOverlord because: typo
Great post, SkepticOverlord. You stated a grand truth. People do think and react and feel differently about the UFO topic -depending on whether or
not they have seen something truly amazing. After seeing something fantastic and inexplicable in person, first hand, a person's thoughts "shift."
Suddenly, he/she is one of the few, one of the potentially ridiculed should he/she reveal what has been seen to others. Suddenly, they are the
subject of people making jokes about little green men, the target of someone (and there's almost always someone) who starts humming the theme to the
I've had two sightings, myself. In a nutshell, the first happened over the skies of Blytheville Air Force Base, Arkansas (my first AF assignment).
What looked like the two non-blinking, high-altitude lights of a B-52 or a KC-135 tanker (both were stationed at the base) slowly crossed the night
sky. Just before I looked away, they began to perform a figure eight, ---crisscrossing as they flew, and speeding up along the same course until they
were gone. The next was almost ten years later at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona. It was pre-dawn, 5 a.m.-ish, and the sky was starting to light up from
the east. High altitude, splotchy clouds were present. I was waiting for my friends, as we were to commute to the base (staying in town at the
Holiday Inn TDY (temporary duty from another base)). I saw a light flicker across the sky at a dizzying speed -ABOVE- the cloud layer, flickering
like an erratic autumn leaf being blown in an errant breeze. In a second or two, it had crossed the sky and was gone.
I am careful who I tell these to in person because of the "little green men" ridicule factor. Some people, many people, go immediately into
"ridicule mode" whenever the UFO subject comes up, even if you aren't describing your own sighting. I've noticed that these people begin telling
outlandish things --like the lady on Coast to Coast AM who went on air talking about her ability to channel communications from the Zeta Reticulans,
or they'll bring up stories about science fiction movies in an obvious attempt to render the discussion ridiculous, embroiling everyone in the most
outlandish examples of UFOlogy that discredits the entire subject. I think it's one of at least two things kicking in for that person. They're
either made uncomfortable by the subject and try to find a humorous way out of it; or, they have fallen victim to an unconscious social conditioning
program that teaches us that nothing of this sort is possible; or, perhaps some of them are people who might know something and are sworn to secrecy,
and are further instructed to ridicule and debunk these discussions whenever they spring up --especially in a government facility.
Just some thoughts. I'm glad you had your sighting. It can be a powerful, yet subtle life changing event, like that last snowflake that tips the
weight along the mountain to cause an avalanche of transformation.