Thursday, 16 May 2013

Do you believe in UFOs?

I do. What can I say? I believe anything is possible, which means I also believe in fairies, mermaids, and whatnot. (As Lily put it so wisely: “We’ve explored less than 5% of the ocean. How can we say they do not exist?” And, yes, she is her mother's daughter. LOL) I may not see them or hear the fairies, much to my dismay, but possibly a good thing, but I still believe in the magic of the world. It can exist whether I see it or not. Matter of fact, much about the world is magic as there are many things our “science” cannot explain.

But I digress. Back to UFOs.

I ask this because one of my FB friends (whom I’ve known since HS, so long before FB) posted a picture of what she claims to be a UFO. It looks like a cloud to me, but I could be missing something. That being said, the other weekend when we were coming home from my mother’s, I saw a flash of what I assumed at first was a plane in the sky. We were on the 405 driving south almost to the Galleria (so a highly populated area) when I saw the flash. It flashed a second and third time. Again, I assumed it was the sun glinting off the plane’s wings, but when I looked again a few seconds later, there was no plane, no glint, nothing but blue sky. Nothing anywhere near or far in the sky for the eye to see. Even now, I wonder if I was seeing things, but, instinctively, I don’t think so.

Los Angeles is a hot spot for UFO sightings, although I’ve never seen them, until possible a few weeks ago. Although there were a few nights in a row where I woke to a really loud sound/vibration. It was unlike anything I had heard before. And the sound was so deep I could feel the vibrations in my bones. I will freely admit it scared the bejeezus out of me. Unlike a plane where you hear it approach and leave, this would just “show” up and then disappear after 5-10 minutes. It was creepy. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep very well. Was it a UFO? I have no idea. I don’t even know if others heard it or not.

Now, I’ve dreamt about aliens a few times. Sometimes, they are nightmares. (Think apocalyptic.) Others have friendly aliens who look like us but are far more advanced, wise, and peaceful. (So, yes, a lot more advanced.) The last dreams I hate waking up because the dreams are so beautiful and the prospect for life on Earth is amazing. Wars are ended, and there is peace. Yes, quite Utopian.

The beings are beautiful, and not just physically. See, I’m enamored of those. The ones in the nightmares? Not so much. LOL

On Monday, Lily went to the California Science Center for a homeschool class on the universe. They talked mainly about our galaxy and the planets in it. One planet all of us have been fascinated with for centuries is Mars, aka The Red Planet. It’s called the red planet because it’s full of iron. How do we know this? We’ve been calling it the red planet for years (perhaps what it looks like through a telescope? I’ve never had a powerful enough one to actually view it), long before Rover visited it. So, where did our knowledge of its composition come from? (By the way, the colors of the other planets are from thermal imaging. Their actual colors are still unsure. They also use filters that allow them to better “see” the planets.) We have the rock planets and the three ice giants, Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus. There are also the “gas giants.” That group includes Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The only other planet we’ve visited is Mars, so, again, how do we know what these planets are made of? Is this just theory? If so, how can we state/present any of this as fact, besides where the planets are located in the solar system?

Obviously, I have a lot of questions, which require a lot of research. In turn, that requires a lot of time. (Time… Time… Free time… What is free time?)

Again, I digress.

I used to watch the series Ancient Aliens. While I still find some of the episodes and ideas fascinating, I’ve grown tired of the series as a whole. I still believe in aliens and UFOs, but I want more from the series, and I doubt I’m going to get it. Actually verifying that aliens/UFOs are real might be too much for the general populace to handle. I don’t know their reasoning, but I’m sure it’s something stupid like that. Just like Finding Bigfoot. I have grown tired of that one too. Surely, they’ve caught something more than answering calls on audio. The worst part for me is the build up to… nothing.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you think UFOs/aliens exist? Or are you in the camp that we are the only sentient being in a space where no one knows how many galaxies/universes there are? (See how I find this last belief mind boggling? I am not making fun of it; I just can’t wrap my head around it. LOL)


Valerie Mann said...

I definitely believe there is life "out there". It's pretty egocentric to think otherwise. I've never seen a UFO, but my daughter, a self-proclaimed U-F-ologist since she was nine, is very sure she has.

I'm a bit more "grounded". I'm more aware of what's here on earth that we can't see, like spirits. I sense them, and their emotions, and as of a few months ago, smelled one.

And you're so right...magic is only that which science can't explain. Yet. On the other hand, we don't need an explanation to know what we see and/or believe, is very real.

Anthology Authors said...

I agree with you, Valerie. To me, it is egocentric to think we are the only intelligent life in the universe. Lily is sure she's seen fairies.

My neighbor was telling me that one of her sons watched a huge black thing in the sky. It just hovered for several minutes before disappearing. So, not too far from our house.

You are right, we don't need an explanation to believe. It's odd how some people can believe some things without explanation, but need them for others.

Nita Wick said...
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Nita Wick said...

Oops... I meant to say... I agree, too. There are billions of stars with orbiting planets out there. It's pretty hard to believe that only one planet has intelligent life.

Anthology Authors said...

I'm with you on that one, Nita. Billions of stars, billions of galaxies, but one intelligent lifeform? Not likely. Again, that's just my opinion, which is always right. (grin)