Nov 19, 2010 I Micah Hanks

Disclosure for Dummies: What Would Knowledge of Aliens Entail?

It's so common a theme in ufology today, it's almost redundant: when will ultimate disclosure finally take place? According to most in the UFO community, even the hand of God might have difficulty overturning this mystery, let alone political activists marching through Washington D.C. stamping their feet and demanding angrily that the presence of extraterrestrials be revealed to the public.

But looking deeper, perhaps the real question that should be asked here is not how we can bring about this long-sought "disclosure," but instead how humankind would react to it if it were to ever transpire in the first place. Besides, prior to disclosure occurring on any significant level, perhaps it would entail other factors that are more seldom considered: for instance, who's to say that the world's governments know anything more about UFOs than civilians? Furthermore, what if aliens were intent on keeping themselves "below the radar" so to speak?

"I don't think the aliens, whoever they are, really want us to know 'who' they are," UFO researcher Tim Beckley said during a recent appearance on the radio program Overnight AM with Lan Lamphere. Beckley notes that knowledge of extraterrestrial presence here on Earth could be so radical upon first realization that it might potentially "change the monetary system," as well as the way people view conventional fuel sources presently in use. Indeed, the idea that otherworldly (and advanced) technology might revolutionize civilization in ways we fail to perceive is tantalizing as well as it is likely; but as Beckley notes, it is perhaps dependent to some degree on how much we are allowed to know about the phenomenon on question--whether that be thanks to the a secretive "shadow government," or at the hands of occupants of UFO craft themselves. Meanwhile, in a recent article, researcher Anthony Bragalia posed a different point of view pertaining to the ultimate public realization of a UFO presence:

What if we were suddenly forced into a new "Copernican Revolution?" Many would indeed "revolt" if they were to become aware of Others in the Universe who are far beyond in time and technology... We would have to come to terms with the fact that we are not uniquely intelligent. It is a "model" which could not be handled by many.

Perhaps Bragalia has also outlined one of the reasons that, even today, so many people still remain hostile to the mere notion that alien life could exist at all. Indeed, people could have trouble coming to terms with the fact that humans aren’t “uniquely intelligent” if they ever became aware of the existence of aliens; but even in the present, since that realization doesn’t have to be forced upon them, it is also likely that people simply display a natural tendency to refute possibilities such as alien life, period.

Maybe in the grand scheme of things, seeing really is believing; but if humans did finally get the disclosure so many in the UFO field fervently pursue, would it be everything they'd hoped for? Or, would it merely expose our species to terrifying possibilities that we haven't fully prepared for yet?

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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