contact - the day Everything will change
Contact is the word we use to describe the moment when an 'alien' civilization communicates with our Earthly one. The reason i put alien in quotes is because they may have been here before, interacting with primitive Earthlings. They may have even contributed to our DNA. If so, this would make them more of a 'parent civilization'. We'll revisit this concept later in the essay.
i'd like to run through what i call 'likely scenarios' by examining various 'contact concepts' as illustrated in film, book, and word-of-mouth. The first that usually comes to mind is the movie Contact (book written by Carl Sagan). Ellie, played by Jodie Foster, is a kind of 'rabid SETI enthusiast' (uncommon in the professional world). She's absolutely confident contact will happen and when it does, it will transform the world. She doggedly pursues contact until one day, it happens. The aliens, in this case, are advanced technologically and spiritually. They transmit construction documents for humans to build a machine. This device essentially opens a door into a transit system (which was constructed by an ancient alien race, now disappeared) that allows Ellie to travel to various places that would normally take thousands of years (based on a speculative physics making the film science-fiction at best). There are various subplots in the film: romantic, ideological, spiritual, religious, philosophical,.. and so there are various iconic characters representing themes / discussions in each area. There are five discoveries relating to the original alien message: Ellie detects the signal, Kent (he's blind for a reason - more on this later) detects a data stream, Kent detects a data stream within the data stream, Hadden finds the 'primer' (data key unlocking the rest of the message), and Hadden discovers it's a transport (leaking the information to the public spurring President Clinton to make it). Kent represents gifted individuals within the scientific community. Being blind, he's developed his hearing / listening skills to almost magical levels. Ellie represents individuals with unshakable professional convictions. Her boyfriend, Palmer, represents religion, spirituality, and those of profound faith. Drumlin represents the unscrupulous scientist, taking advantage of Ellie's temporary lack of faith. He was selected to pilot the first machine, declaring his faith in a final interview where he was chosen based on his professional capacities/credentials but more so - based on his declared faith in God. "You told them exactly what they wanted to hear." Jodie confides to him after his selection. Drumlin was killed later by a 'religious terrorist' who destroyed the first machine by wearing a 'body bomb' pretending to be a staff technician - placing himself strategically during the first machine test. Ellie's morale was crushed. Soon after, Hadden reveals to her a second machine and the government's desire for her as pilot. Notice how Sagan rewards Ellie's unshakable accurate convictions - she's chosen as first machine-pilot after all. On Ellie's journey, she discovers the aliens are friendly, compassionate, and value 'human connection' over all else. (Sagan used characters in his book to display various concepts and discussions he had with his wife, Ann Druyan, and with himself.) Ellie returns to Earth all the wiser confessing to all the aliens' values and 'agenda' ("Small moves Ellie, small moves." (Good things take time to build.)). Sagan had a hopeful view of aliens, but it was gauged/metered/careful. He didn't believe aliens would 'save us' (from ourselves); he believed aliens would help elevate our awareness.
Riley Martin, in his book The Coming of Tan, is at the other end of the spectrum: his aliens are more like the parents mentioned above. He's sure the 'end of the world' is coming very soon and since humans must be saved/rescued, his 'alien friends' will spacelift some to safety. Rael, in his book The Message Given by Extraterrestrials, describes 'alien parents' much like Riley interacting with human prehistory: destroying dinosaurs (giving humanity a chance to arise (got mixed up with the two here, but who's counting;)),.. and will reveal themselves when 'the time is right' (after we build a spaceport welcoming them). They both give reasons why they've been contacted over contacting human leaders or the general population. Essentially, human leaders are too vain and self-centered - not really caring about 'us plebians'. If they contacted the general public, there'd be chaos and rampant fear (really?). More on this later..
At this point, we've introduced contact from two ends of the spectrum: a kind of aloof gradualness Sagan proposes vs parental involvement Riley and Rael propose. i'll briefly discuss malevolent involvements. If aliens wanted to invade Earth (to dominate us - for whatever reasons, perhaps slavery, perhaps as food-stock,..), they would have done so long ago. Perhaps this has already happened. Perhaps Jehovah was an 'evil alien' who wanted to dominate human society, chose a particular group to endorse (the Jews), and coddled them until we developed rudimentary technologies. Jews do dominate certain sectors of our society (some financial and political markets). There is automatic condemnation for 'anti-Semitism'. The holocaust was played up to be the worst / most tragic event in human history (even when much larger populations are destroyed in recent times). It's possible we've been manipulated through Jews by aliens. This is the worst case scenario. If aliens were hell-bent to dominate/destroy us, they would have done so long ago .. Riley's scenario (he claims Jews dominate, subjugate, and destroy blacks) looks more possible considering the realistic worst case alien contact scenario.
Before we continue with that tack, i need to mention one other more optimistic scenario presented in the film The Lathe of Heaven. In the movie, there's a boy who has a God-like power to 'change the world' during his sleep. A 'bad man' (his psychiatrist) tries to use the power to control everything but in doing so, all hell breaks loose. Only the boy with his natural compassionate tendencies can mend the world. In the process, aliens get naturally integrated into human society. The movie was aired many years ago but left an impression on me. It speaks of human tendency to over-control things to the point of self-destruction. (What are we doing now?) i've infrequently considered "What sci-fi movie, if i could 'make it reality', would i choose?" For some reason, The Lathe of Heaven automatically comes to mind. So does The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Doug Adams presents a universe where humans (on Earth) are somewhat trivial 'in the big picture'. We do have a tendency to overstate our importance .. For some odd reasons, my mind wavers between these two scenarios as preferable. Doug's universe is Fun. :) And if there was ever a human with God-like powers, i hope they'd be something like George Orr .. One more comment and i'll return to Riley's scenario .. "But human beings are already legendary throughout the cosmos of consciousness. The little bitty human being of Earth/Gaia is legendary. One of the things that we are legendary for is dreaming. We are legendary dreamers. In fact, the whole cosmos has been looking for the meaning of life, the meaning of it all. And it was the little dreamer who came up with the best answer ever. We dreamed it up. So dreams are important." (taken from http://www.near-death.com/experiences/reincarnation04.html )
Please skim over the following website:
Fred Burks states there "I feel I have the big picture pretty well down." He does seem remarkably well informed .. But then i'm reminded of Jay Weidner and his 'understanding' of reality .. i recently remarked in an email to an associate: they can't all be right. (Some elements of each story/scenario conflicts with others'.) For instance, Rael and Riley can't both be right (telling the complete truth). Rael claims he was singled out for alien contact to be their emissary to Earth (specifically him over all other people). Riley claims almost the same thing for different reasons (he's black, nobody, from a poor family, has no previous notoriety, has no political contacts (politicians are inherently corrupt and bad contact candidates),..). For a short time, i developed a casual friendship with Riley. His voice seems faked (speaks deeply with authority) during interviews and some technical BS i noticed made me guess the whole thing's an act. Emotionally, i feel like he's something like an older brother but that could be the con working on me .. Jay insists the moon-landings were all faked/fabricated by Stanley Kubrick. i'm guessing some government idiot contracted Stanley 'just in case' we didn't make it to the moon - as an 'option B' in case things didn't work out. i'm also guessing we never had to utilize Stanley's expertise regarding the Apollo missions. So perhaps Jay has an 'inside track' on an option that was never exercised. Who knows for sure .. Jay's sure the Apollo moon missions were faked. Does that make him just another scammer like Riley? ^^
When i first heard the idea, it enraged me. Not that Jay was lying/scamming - i was enraged at the possibility the American government had deceived us about the moon-landings. If so, it would be the biggest deception in American history. All for American ego/vanity. That's what enraged me. But then i had time to think about it .. And about Jay .. And all the others who claim to 'know the truth'..
Please watch a little bit of the video .. This is Fred Burks .. Why does it seem like another form of mind/group control? David Icke and Tim Rifat both harp on big brother / evil spirits mind controlling us while their 'brother' Fred uses it to 'guide' his groups? And he gets paid for this? Man i'm in the wrong business! ;)
This is my brother. This is my Truth. i know it's harsh and seems to be full of hate-mongering but Pat is one of the most lucid thinkers/speakers of our time. What Jay says about David - i say about Pat .. So contrast what puerile drivel Fred slings about with the rock solid TRUTH of Pat. Thank God for Pat. Thank God for Pat. Thank God for Pat.
If Pat could choose an alien contact scenario, i'm fairly certain he'd NOT choose one involving Fred Burks or anyone coming close to resembling him. If i could choose any single human emissary to 'the aliens' for first contact, it would be Pat Condell .. At least i know he wouldn't lie to us for a buck. Or just tell us what we want to hear .. The sentiments of Fred are Wonderful: heal the planet, heal society, transform our world with love,.. But the way he sells it, tells me he's just another scammer .. i believe we're ready for alien contact .. Please allow me to end this with a short prayer: Please God, let the ETs contact us openly very soon and if they must contact just one of us as a kind of emissary, let it be Pat Condell.