posted on Dec, 5 2011 @ 02:10 AM
I've seen credible members ridiculed, mocked, called a liar for not having pictures of their UFO, ET, or paranormal experience. Such demand for
photographic evidence is ignorant and displays intellectual dishonesty by the one demanding such evidence.
First, not everyone carries a camera with them. And cell phone cameras are particularly notorious for poor quality photos, especially at night. But
that's not the most important fact about photographic evidence...
Every day in the US, courts decide the outcome of criminal and civil cases on the basis of TESTIMONIAL evidence alone. Most cases don't have the
photographic evidence to make or break a case, if there is any photo evidence at all. The credibility of the witness is of the utmost importance.
Photos usually don't decide the case, but the credibility of the witness, as deemed by the judge or jury, does. Let this be clear: courts proclaim
every day that "it happened" because of TESTIMONIAL, not photographic, evidence.
I need to ask: what makes you, the internet cruiser/squatter, so much more skilled at deciding the truthfulness of a witness or their credibility than
a court? By demanding photographic evidence, you are essentially saying that the witness is not credible and therefore cannot be trusted unless they
come up with a picture. How have you been able to acquire such skills as deciding the character of a person you have never met and never seen?
Let's forget, for a moment, about the UFO witness. What about history? Have you demanded from the publisher of history books photographic evidence
for the claims made by the witnesses of historic events? Often, those events are witnessed by only one person, perhaps just a few. Do you deny that
these events took place based on the fact that there is no photographic evidence to support the statement that the event did happen?
To those who relish the words "pics or it didn't happen" I would suggest this to you: you reveal gross ignorance by making such statement. Before
the existence of cameras we had to rely on the credibility of a person making a claim of being a witness to some event. We used our judgment,
hopefully in a fair manner, to decide if they were being truthful. Courts still do this today, every single day, thousands of times a day. You do it
every day too with your spouse, your kids, your employees, your parents, and your friends. If I didn't know better, I would begin to think that,
because your demand for pics comes within the context of a UFO sighting, you are being intellectually dishonest by ignoring the credibility of the
witness by your outright dismissal of their story simply because there are no pics. You're already prejudiced against the idea of ETs, UFOs, etc and
just use the "pics or it didn't happen" statement to discredit someone who is likely a truthful person. If that's what's really going on, you
ought to be ashamed of yourself for being the liar you claim these witnesses to be.