Been following an interesting (sometimes heated) discussion. Felt no real need to chime in until now as the debaters have been articulating their
points quite well.
Thanks to all on both sides of the fence (and upon it) for increasing awareness and dialogue on a subject worthy of the attention given it.
A bit of hypocrisy is emerging, however, from the OP and others, that is disturbing in that it seems to serve only to alienate (pun intended) their
objective and contradicts the premise of the argument. In fact, was not this supposed to be a simple inquiry among skeptics as to why they may not
believe? Instead, the inquiry has digressed in many cases to an inquisition, with criticism and insult thrown in as a means to ...what end? Why
insult the skeptics if you simply wish to learn their reasoning for disbelief?
Like many other respondents, I consider myself an "alien-agnostic". We simply do not yet know the truth. Like many legends, myths, religious figures
and other entities, it would be quite intriguing, wonderful even, should their existence, along with EBE's be confirmed. We patiently (or not so
patiently) await the "big day".
Until that time, our skepticism should not be ridiculed. Most of us have little interest in ridiculing others simply because they believe. Actually,
in my opinion, such belief is a healthy, natural part of the process of getting to the truth. And I welcome believers with open arms.
Yet, I am dismayed that sometimes such belief is so strong that it transcends honesty and undergoes a metamorphosis such that some believers resort to
insulting non-believers (or agnostics like me), 'fabricating evidence', attempting to 'indoctrinate' the gullible to increase their numbers, and other
nefarious actions. The plethora of hoaky, poorly-devised YouTube videos on phony UFO's and goofy aliens are increasingly flagrant examples of this
What is so wrong with being skeptical? Some make it sound as if this makes us "enemies" of the believers. We are not! We are simply stating that in
our minds we have not yet been presented with evidence that is strong enough to convince us, without a doubt, that aliens exist or that UFOs are of
extraterrestrial origin. There may be plenty of circumstantial and truly incredible quantities of anecdotal evidence to lend itself to their
existence - but no empirical evidence. You may chide me for insisting that an alien come up to me and shake my hand or land a craft in my backyard
before I am convinced - but why are believers so incensed at the idea?
Sure - the governments of the world MAY have evidence of aliens and their ships. I suppose that's possible. But I have not been invited to see such
things first-hand for myself.
Yes, indeed, it MAY be possible that some individuals on this Earth have been contacted, perhaps abducted, communicated with telepathically or
otherwise. We are not saying these things did NOT happen or that they are impossible, or that such experiencers are lying. It is just that we
ourselves have not had the same privilege as yet, and so can not confirm that such things have occurred.
Nor are we suggesting that the myriad examples of UFO sightings and recordings as witnessed by professionals and lay people from all walks of life,
over decades, centuries perhaps, even millenia include none that are of alien or extraterrestrial origin. In some cases the events seem
overwhelmingly in favor of just such a conclusion. Nevertheless, the general public at least (including every scientific and academic body on
, has not a single, bona fide, craft or device that we are able to examine for ourselves.
Surely among the thousands or tens of thousands of sightings, we can expect JUST ONE that we can view up close, let alone touch. Where are they? Why
have we not been able to do so? Forget the White House lawn. How about landing a single craft at any University in the world, any crowded public
park, or, better yet, in the middle of a big-city freeway intersection at rush hour? Trust me - such an event would instantly turn legions of
skeptics and agnostics into believers!
So keep the discussion moving along - and thanks to all who are posting their heart-felt replies and comments. Even with the occasional animosity, it
is a worthwhile discourse, and reveals much about the psyche of the conundrum we all face - skeptics and believers alike.
The bottom line is this: We are either alone in the universe or we are not. It is an either/or enigma. The most intriguing thing about it is that
regardless of which answer ULTIMATELY PROVES to be true - it will mean profound changes and adjustments to humanity. That day has not yet come.
I just hope I learn which answer is UNDENIABLY correct (to me) before I pass from this Earth...
One day, MAYBE
Thanks, ALL -Happy Searching...!
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