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You forgot the most important line:
IF THEY ARE THERE.
But i agree, it would be VERRY hard keeping
something like that a secret..
Astronauts would need to remain federally sponsored and sworn to secrecy
There is a pervasive ethnocentrism in most alien and UFO conspiracy theories. In other words, the universe does not revolve around the United States. While it could be argued that an intelligent race of beings would choose to contact the most "developed" nation, this assumes our definition of "worthy" or "responsible" is universal.
Let me understand the OP, you are 25 and have taken engineering and science in college.....so with that, you claim there are no UFOs. Gotcha, well, first a UFO is an Unidentified Flying Object, not an alien....Considering you are using logic, well, you have to use the acronyms definition.
Second, being much older than you and attaining my engineering degree from the very first engineering institution in the country....I would say that I'm more open to the possibility of extraterrestrial life now than when i was your age, almost two decades ago. The more I learn of the science, world, and universe, the more I find it an absolute impossibility that there isn't life other life out there.
Third, having maintained a top secret security clearance at your age, it is quite easy to keep a secret with a group given the right hiring, logic, mission, cause, threats and pressures or just old fashioned drinking the coolaid. Don't be so quick to think a group of people can't keep a secret, could shock you with what my lowly butt knows and I was just an average army grunt. Funny thing, I question the official story more now because i saw what went on behind the scenes that wasn't being reported.....
25, you are so young you don't even know how young you are and how much life you have to live and experience. The moment you experience something that absolutely blows your mind and is explainable in your own head will change you to being a bit more open minded.
"UFOs" have been witnessed "globally" for centuries.
The material possessions, social reputation and careers of individuals will almost always reign priority and of utmost importance at the end of the day.
Firstly, people used to think the sun was a god, the earth was flat, and the sun revolved around the earth.
And as far as reputation and material possessions as a basis for credibility...that is not epistemologically correct.
Plenty of well adjusted and successful people have claimed to be visited by god, had near death experiences, seen big foot, saw their dead wife float across the room...yet no one ever has hard evidence to support their claims.
What I'm about to say is going to more than likely going to get tons of backlash and evil glares
But, do you see any high-status figures ever coming forward reporting "UFOs?" I mean... "people that are still 'actively' important, so to speak"
As in ... "NOT washed-out pseudo-high-status members of society?"
OK, that's kind of mean and Harsh, I know. But an observation nonetheless. Do you see Obama saying he saw a UFO? You see Dick Cheny saying he saw a UFO? (if he did he'd shoot it down at least) Do you see Martha Stewart... or Bill Gates... or... I don't know, Oprah, or I don't know...Say Anyone Who actively makes a ton of money say they saw any "UFOs" lately?
Carter's 1980 opponent observed a UFO while he was Governor of California. Traveling aboard his personal plane in the summer of 1974, Reagan saw a strange object flying outside his window. At Reagan's suggestion, the pilot followed the UFO for a few minutes before it suddenly shot straight up and disappeared in a flash.