A slow and deliberate process of disclosure has been under way for about 10 years, and may take another step forward in March of 2016. In both the United States and the United Kingdom, it has for some years been illegal to keep a substantial amount of UFO information hidden, that is nevertheless still held secret.
There are three reasons that this has been done: first, the information is provocative without being clear; second, it implies that something that we do not understand is affecting us, and there is an intelligent locomotion behind it; third, our scientific and intellectual communities are not adequately prepared to address it.
In February, my colleague Jeff Kripal and I will publish a book entitled Super Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained. This is intended to offer a more useful ground for study of the broad phenomenon that we are facing, which is much more complex than is commonly supposed, and will require many years of careful scientific and academic work to bring it into anything approaching a clear focus. However, the scientific techniques and academic skills are there, and can be effectively applied to this large problem. Hopefully, the book will help a little.
More importantly, in March, a group of 18 policy documents will be released by the UK MoD. These documents, I believe, relate to material that was released in the Condign Report in 2006. In that report, it is stated that "plasmas unknown to science" affected military personnel in Rendlesham Forest in the UK in December of 1980, the famous Bentwaters UFO case. Over the years, personnel who were present have fought continuously for the truth about what they experienced to be told, and they are all owed a great debt for their efforts.
If they are released in full, the policy documents are expected to contain discussions about whether or not the lights and structures observed in Rendlesham Forest and by base radars were under intelligent control, and to speculate on what this may mean. However, I gather that the community responsible for these documents must feel a sense of assurance that the social reaction will advance human understanding without disempowering our crucial scientific and intellectual cultures by leaving us with a vision of something that seems to be a product of intelligence, but so far beyond our knowledge that understanding seems impossible.
I feel a growing sense of urgency, though, because Earth is becoming unable to support the vast human biome, and the disruptions that result from negative planetary changes will soon command our entire focus.
One advantage the one would hope would come from a somewhat more open stance toward the mystery that we face is that a substantial number of scientific and academic enterprises will be encouraged to explore not only its core, but also the many corollary phenomena that are now being ignored, with the promise that new discoveries will be made that will have efficacy in many fields, including those relating to our preservation of our environment, and our ability to extend the reach of mankind in ways that now seem impossible. Most importantly, our understanding of who and what we are will become over time more clearly defined, and our confusion about, for example, the reality of what is now broadly called the supernatural will end.
Initially, the popular media will assume that the conventional alien hypothesis is the answer, and will call on various individuals and groups who will confirm this belief. There will be a debate. Are they good or bad, helpful or dangerous? Famous scientific spokesmen and religious leaders will be called upon to comment. In other words, it could all go far beyond what is likely being discussed in the policy documents.
It will be many years before any response at the popular level will matter, in terms of advancing knowledge. In professional circles, one might hope that the response will be more measured. The academic community will be faced with a truly exciting prospect, which will be to re-interpret our past responses to this presence, and to show how our current reactions are not to something unique to our era, but are a modern retelling of a story that has been with us throughout our whole time on Earth, and present here, in all probability, so much longer than we have, that to describe it as "alien" is to fundamentally misunderstand it. At the same time, the scientific response, in reconsidering the whole range of phenomena, will result in a new insight into the nature of mind that will turn out to be crucial.
Governments, acting under thoughtful advice, are not to blame for failing to disclose the whole truth of this matter years ago. Because our cultural infrastructure was not prepared with a practical response, what would have been gained?
We have reached a point now, though, where we can absorb the first edges of insight into what for us is a new reality, and begin to make our way deeper into the dangers and wonders that it promises to disclose.
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