THE ANGRY OLD MAN
(this is a paper that I wrote while in college)
While the idea of extraterrestrial life existing in other parts of the universe has gained respectability, the companion idea of extraterrestrial visitations has not. For what ever their reasons, be it religious, scientific or just plain human arrogance, very few individuals will accept such visits as being realistic.
Yet, throughout the history of mankind, we find numerous reports and accounts of just such visits. Many come to us cloaked in antiquity as legends and folklore. Others are buried in religious rituals and symbolism's. But regardless of the form, the content is consistently the same. An outsider came from the sky, in some sort of fiery vehicle, performed extraordinary feats and then returned to the sky.
In the following pages we will examine just a few of these reports and accounts. They are not meant as proof of such visits, only that such visits are a possibility. If the accounts are read with an open mind, a mind uncluttered with religious prejudices and mysticism and a mind that isn't afraid to ask, "What if", then such visits do become a realistic option. But only if we break our old habit in dealing with the unknown. Ignoring it or ridiculing it in hopes it'll go away isn't the path to enlightenment. Instead, when you read these accounts, ask yourself, what was the basis for that report? What did the writer observe? And lastly, ask yourself, what would your grandfather, when he was your age, say if he was told that men will walk on the moon, or that you could travel around the world in just a matter of hours. It all becomes a matter of perspective.
We can start with some of man's earliest records, where we can find an abundance of reports where 'outsiders' were involved. There are ancient Chinese manuscripts that tell of great aerial battles where crops were destroyed and seas rose and boiled. In India they have an ancient chronicle called the Book of Dsyzn that reports how a small group of beings came to earth many thousands of years ago. It relates how they came in a metal craft which circled the earth several times before landing.
The account goes on to tell how these beings divided and fought. One group, in a huge shining metal vessel, rose into the air. From this vessel they launched a great shining lance that rode on a beam of light and destroyed the group on the ground. The people of earth that were near this group at the time were burned and those who entered the destroyed city became ill and died. Soon after the victors left the earth in their metal craft.
Are we reading about a laser guided missile and radiation sickness that took place thousands of years ago?
From the same area comes other accounts of 'flying machines'. Throughout ancient Sanskrit writings there are references to 'vimans' which translates to a celestial car, a flying chariot. For example, the Vana Parva relates how the God Indra came to earth in his golden vimana to take Arjuna to his home city in the celestial regions. After traveling through blank space, they landed at Indra's home. One of the things that impressed Arjuna was the vimanas flying in all directions.
Not far from India, in the Euphrates Valley, its reported that a Jewish ethnologist, Y.N. Iban A'haron, discovered two remarkable documents. The oldest document is Babylonian and is believed to be 7,000 years old, forming a part of the Hakaltha (Laws) and containing the following passage: "The privilege of operating a flying machine is great. The knowledge of flight is among the most ancient of our heritages, a gift from Those Upon High"
Such tales abound in our part of the world as well. Many North American Indian legends speak of "Those Above" with reverence. The Piute Indians, for example, believe they were created in the sky by the Great Spirit, who sent a big thunder-bird to earth to find a place for his children to live. The Maya's, who we know very little about, tell in their bible, the Popol Vuh, about Gods who knew everything and examined the entire earth. These Gods, says the Popol Vuh, were white men who came from the stars.
Do we discount the Mayas as uneducated savages. If so, then how do we account for the number of incredible calculations they left behind. One which placed the length of a terrestrial year at 365.2420 days. Our best estimate, with the help of computers, place it at 365.2422, just a .0002 difference.
These examples are just a few among the many ancient records that suggest that man has been visited. They are not cited as proof, only as examples that some evidence exist that suggest such visits.
Another excellent source of material that suggest such visits is the Christian Bible. This collection of manuscripts is filled with incidents and events that suggest such visits. Most of these are called miracles and are given a mystical quality. But we have to ask, are they miracles or are they eye witness accounts of off world visits.
For example, take the numerous references to clouds. In Exodus 14 it was a cloud that led the Israelites to the Red Sea. Elsewhere we are told of voices coming from clouds, and eventually, Jesus being taken up in a cloud.
Were these really clouds, or is the term cloud used to describe some unknown object floating in the sky. Has the many translators, over the years tended to explain the unexplainable in terms they were familiar with. At that time the only objects that existed in the skies were birds and clouds.
One item every freshman English student learns is the complexity of translating a idea from one language to another. One such example is the account of Elijah and his whirlwind. A student of the bible, a Mr. H.Lawrence Crowell, states that the Aramaic words 'ruach cearah' should be translated as 'power blast' instead of 'whirlwind'. Along those same lines, Dr. Rocca A Errico, another Bible scholar and a founder of the Aramaic Bible Center, Inc. claims that most English versions of the Bible contain vast number of misinterpretations. He claims that the language of Jesus was Aramaic, while most English translations are from Greek. This translation from Aramaic to Greek to English has resulted in many misinterpretations of the idioms used originally. One example he pointed out was the account of Lot's wife turning into a pillar of salt. The Aramaic figures of speech relating this was in reality an idiom for having a stroke.
I've just scratched the surface of suggestive bible passages. Forthe open minded many questions remain. Who were the "Sons of God who mated with the daughters of Man" (Geneses 6). Why do we associate angels with wings. The Greek word for angel is messenger; thus the word angel is an essentially functional description. Did these messengers fly? Was the account of Elijah (Kings) an eye witness account of a space vehicle landing?
These are questions that cannot be answered. They can only be speculated on. But stripped of their mysticism, these accounts do suggest early man had visitors.
The argument for ET visits wouldn't be complete without at least one example from the present. Like our past, the present has numerous incidents that readily suggest such visits. The most widely recognized incidents are the UFO sightings. Ask yourself, are they real or just mass hallucinations.
One modern day incident is the Betty and Barney Hill incident. This incident has been written up in a book by John Fuller, (The Interrupted Journey) so I'll just go over the highlights here and why this case is so interesting. For a complete account of this incident and it's investigation I suggest you read Mr. Fuller's book.
It began on Sept. 19th, 1961 when the Hills were driving down from the Canadian border to their home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They saw a large object in the sky which eventually came close enough to see clearly. They stopped the car and stared at the strange vehicle.
Suddenly they found themselves driving down the road, some thirty- five miles from where they sighted the object. Neither could remember much about that thirty-five mile drive or the strange object they had seen.
For some time after they couldn't sleep and was troubled. They went to a doctor, who eventually sent them to see a Dr. Benjamin Simon, who placed them under hypnosis to diagnose their problem. Under hypnosis a strange story was revealed, one that the Hills were not consciously aware of.
They each told, in separate sessions, of being taken into the strange ship. Betty related how she had been examined by the occupants of the ship. At one point, Betty had asked one of the ships occupants about a picture on the wall. She was told that this was a map of their route. The heavy lines marked regular trade routes, and the broken lines recorded various space expeditions. Betty drew the map under hypnosis.
Now comes the part that makes this incident special and of interest.
Some years later, around 1969-71, a school teacher named Marjorie Fish constructed a model star map. She also attempted to name the stars on the drawing that Betty Hill had made.
Mrs. Fish stated that no earth astronomer in 1961-64 (the period Betty Hill drew the map) would have known the triangle background stars existed as a cluster. At that time (1961-64) the star catalogs contained erroneous information. It would of been impossible for Betty to have drawn the map from any prior knowledge.
Mrs. Fish goes on to say that the lines represent a logical travel pattern to investigate all the best stars for life from ZETA RETICULI, best star for life to the next best star for life, etc. Also, all the stars suitable for life in the Psyche volume are included in Betty's drawing.
As a conclusion, Mrs. Fish stated that, "since we did not have the data to make such a map in 1961 when Betty saw it, or in 1964 when she drew it, it could not be a hoax. Since the stars with lines to them are such a select group, it is almost impossible that the resemblance between Betty's map and reality could be coincidental. Betty's map could only have been drawn after contact with extra- terrestrials".
As stated at the beginning of this paper, the examples are not to be taken as proof. Instead they suggest that such visits have and are taking place. Only time will tell if the suggestions are correct.