Originally posted by Lynda101
I don't altogether think its fair to expect people like the astronaughts to give us anything other than the official line, simply because who is
going to risk their government pension and healthcare, especially as they get older?
On first glance, it may appear that way. But how would that really work out?
Let's say that Astronaut "Dave Bowman," beloved American hero who walked on the moon, comes out in his old age and says, "Oh, yeah! We saw the
flying saucers! Have great pictures and while we were on the moon, we have recordings, still classified, of their attempts to communicate with us on
our radio bands."
The next week, the headlines read, "Astronaut Dave Bowman files suit against government for withholding his pension!"
Or worse, "Astronaut and family die in a series of mysteries accidents!"
Nope, not a reasonable scenario. These men may be tempted to speculate and tell stories they have heard from their jet-pilot days because there is a
financial incentive for having sensational stories to share on talk shows; but as for keeping quiet on any sensational stories-- no financial (or any
other) incentive exists.
Perhaps the real problem is that going to the moon, once, was exiting for the world, but going again provoked yawns from those who did not see it as
anything but a race. For those who cannot conceivce of any other reason to go to the moon or even into space other than "to beat the Ruskies," the
whole thing is anti-climactic.
So, to retain, or regain, or even create (out of nothing, for some) that sensational excitement, some persons crave having their wildest imagination
be proved as a truth.
Not directly to your post, but indirectly from this thread and those like it, is this:
A lot of the conspiracy theory popularity is akin to the Millennialism phenomenon. Y2K and religious Dooms Day scenarios were world wide in countless
variations in the 1990's, and no sooner did 2001 pass, then 2012 became the date.
The most recent ones figure into the global anxiety produced by the early reports of Greek financial troubles threatening the whole European economy,
then the Arab Spring and US economic woes added fuel to the fire. And how many prophecies on ATS have there been, and how many more will there be?
The alien encounter scenarios, and the 9/11 scenarios-- are all about acknowledging the sense of not having control
-- but in ways which
require no action. Elenin, UARS, hidden brown dwarfs, HAARP, and others, serve as good examples.
But I lived through the "Harmonic Convergence;" the "Countdown to Armageddon;" Comets Kohoutek and Hale-Bopp; Y2K, and so on-- knew I would
because I had the education and analytic skills to identify the logic errors made by the fear-mongers who had their 15 minutes of fame or sold books,
are gathered influence among others for the sole purpose of profiteering on anxiety. It is sad to see those profiteers defended, and the real heroes
smeared by them-- not to mention the real heroic deeds of men like Buzz Aldrin, so often denied.
To what do we aspire if we can have no control, if we are certain of doom, and if real heroes only lied?
I have an answer, and the answer is in the study of history. Mankind is resilient. Mankind has just the heroes needed when all seems lost. Mankind
is inventive, bold, and there are just enough with true virtue to make it all worthwhile-- to make one believe in a "more" than being just a smart
animal with opposable thumbs. Mankind manifests the soul.