Death by UFO!
At least 41 Americans have died since 1962 because of UFOs.
If only a US President would whisper the word ‘disclosure’ we’d be frolicking around in a vegetarian world of free energy and all the hugs we
could handle. No more work! Life would be all Star Trek-tastic as the wise and spiritually-advanced alien saviours gave us free taxi rides around the
galaxy and beyond.
Sounds like fun, huh? It also sounds a little like the conditional religious promises of paradise being just around the corner.
It’s around this area of ufology where we see a nexus of belief systems, hucksterism and human weaknesses that can lead to mental illness and death.
Like a threadbare vest, some people find their attachment to reality being teased and plucked apart as they struggle to add improbable stories to
their existence. In many cases, should they look, they’d see snake-oil salesmen at the ends of their tethers pulling away at the strands of their
Exopolitics, New Age marketeers, Greer and the UFOtainment industry will happily confirm their beliefs for a buck or two. ♪ ♫ ♩‘You’ve
got to pick a pocket or two…’
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A belief in anything
shouldn’t be a problem for the individual or society. Perhaps it’s the degree of belief that is more important than
the actual belief? We could say a KFC meal isn’t a bad thing, but eating one every day might become unhealthy. Believing that UFOs are ET visitors
is no more damaging or consequential than believing in one of the multitudes of religious or political belief-systems. At least, it makes sense that
moderate belief is harmless and unavoidable.
If we’re honest, deep down, many men and women believe they’re great lovers, undiscovered sporting heroes and amazing singers. Within all of us
are the shadows of beliefs that make us who we are.
Taken too far, some UFO beliefs can lead the way to insanity and even death.
In 1982, poor Laverne Landis drove herself and her husband to starvation and death on the strength of her belief that they’d be spirited away by
those friendly aliens.
Her husband must have had faith in her channeling
skills to put his life in her hands and her
claimed visitors. Rather than get a second opinion from someone in the medical field, he took her at her word and tragedy was the price. Her mind must
have been saturated in the mythology of ufology and New Age optimism.
A case like this isn’t without a precedent and neither was it the last one. Back in 1954, our channeling friends from Outer Space were at it again
in the guise of ‘Dorothy Martin’ and her advisors from Planet Clarion. This time, the message content was the familiar, ‘You’re all going to
die!’ Like Landis’ husband, Martin’s beliefs snared a Michigan State Professor, Dr Laughead, who was left disgraced and unemployed when their
apocalyptic claims failed to arrive and the world didn’t end.
Dorothy Martin - The woman who predicted the end of the world
"there will be much loss of life, practically all of it, in 1955.... It is an actual fact that the world is in a mess. But the Supreme Being is
going to clean house by sinking all of the land masses as we know them now and raising the land masses from under the
Laughead was dismissed for ‘disturbing the student body’ and Martin carried on passing messages and became centre-point of a small cult. Neither
of them thought to themselves, ‘Hmmmm. Now perhaps these voices aren’t actually friendly space visitors? Maybe they’re something else? Maybe,
just maybe, they’re a symptom of mental illness?’ Instead, Laughead wishy-washed about the failed appearance of the Clarionites being down to
their ‘testing’ how folk would react. She, on the other hand, carried on with the madness.
The "scientists," having invented something analogous to atom bombs—in those days, the name was "alcetopes"—threatened to destroy the hosts of
Light and, through their fumbling cleverness, succeeded in blowing to pieces the planet Car. The disappearance of Car, as an integrated mass, produced
enormous disturbances in the balance of the omniverse ("all universes") and nearly caused complete chaos. Meanwhile, the forces of Light had retreated
to other planets, such as Clarion, Uranus, and Cerus, where they regrouped and considered their next strategy. Lucifer led his troops, their minds now
obliterated of cosmic knowledge, to
This all seems kind of familiar…hmmm. Where have we seen this stuff before? Was Martin channeling Blossom Goodchild or is Blossom Goodchild
channeling her?! Failed prophecies: Check! Forces of Light: Check!
It’s tempting to opt for ridicule and laugh knowingly at those who subscribe to these self-described messengers of Light. Goodchild has dozens of
followers despite being so entirely, conclusively wrong (mass alien visitation and rapture-style event in 2008) that it’s impossible to overlook for
most of us. Martin’s failures likewise didn’t stop her attraction to those who shared her dreams. In fact, her determined BS indirectly led to the
creation of the term *cognitive dissonance.* This concept tries to explain how we can entertain completely conflicting ideas by deluding ourselves and
avoiding anything that makes us focus on the sheer bloody silliness of our beliefs.
In 1962, Gloria Lee
starved herself to death on the expectation that her friendly alien had given
her the teachings to save the world. She took her notes to Washington DC and couldn't believe they weren't interested in the preachings of a voice in
her head. On hunger strike, she lasted 66 days. Her death wasn't beyond exploitation so before you know it, someone was 'channeling' her too. Her
conviction of belief, like Landis', was strong enough to starve for.
Well, so far we’ve touched on how some people can be gluttons for outlandish beliefs and others might just be mentally ill in a high-functioning
way. Having internal conversations with purported messengers from Clarion is just fine. Driving out into nowhere to meet them is going too far.
Back in the 90s, an established UFO cult used a similar idea to poor Laverne and held the belief that the world’s end was ‘nigh’ and only a few
would be ‘saved’ by the loveable space-visitors. Sounds kind of religious again doesn’t it? Check out this face and ask yourself, ‘Would I
like to spend the night in the same building as him – unarmed?’
edit on 12/5/2012 by ArMaP because: link correction