Move Over Galileo ... We Have One, Too!
When I first started in the investigation and research of UFOs, I quickly learned of the paradigm shift which was required to actually think in terms of alien visitations. An intellectual paradigm shift is a new way of looking at things. That would be the simplest way to understand it.
For example, there is the story of Galileo, who struggled to change the thinking of his day that the Earth was NOT the center of our planetary system. Back in Galileo's time the most common thinking was that the sun, moon, and planets all revolved around our rather insignificant home planet. We were the center of all the known universe, literally.
Even in the face of what would be termed "scientific" evidence today, the masses were slow to accept proof that the sun was the center of our system, a true "Solar" system and not an "Earthly" system. That is the way new ideas are quite often received. Patterns of thought are slow to change, even when proof smacks one right in the face.
Tied in with the "earth centered" concept is the paradigm that we are isolated in the universe, even to the point of being the only intelligent beings in the vastness that is out there. For ages, the common belief has been that man is the pinnacle of creation. In all that is, man is the highest form of life: intelligent, godlike and master of all. Religion has done its part in perpetuating this concept.
Yet, today, this concept is showing signs of weakening. Science will now admit the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Space is simply too massive not to have life forms that may be of equal or greater intelligence than mankind.
At least this is a first step in getting us out of our planetary self-centeredness. However, there is a caveat. If intelligent life is "out there," why has it not visited Earth? Until now, the answer has been that the enormous travel distances for other-worldly visitors must be far too great.
The concept of "too far to travel" tells an investigator quite a bit about those who maintain this philosophy. The most telling aspect is the limited thinking this idea generates. It locks us into thinking about space travel in terms of our current propulsion systems, not to mention our current concepts of physics. It presupposes that there is only one way to looks at things ... OUR way. Of course the absurdity of this need not be explained.
Space travel can be considered from many different angles: varied types of propulsion, the speed of light, or gravitational pulls from other objects in space, to name just a few. Yet, even if one were to forget the "distance" equation, there is always the possibility that our existence is predicated upon Mars having been populated in the distant past.
This is no longer just the fantasy of some science fiction writers, but may actually have merit in light of the controversy surrounding the enigmatic "face" in the Cydonia region of Mars.
Consider NASA's recent admission that they did, indeed, manipulate the newest photos before releasing them to the public, and the fact that they may be brought to court regarding this image manipulation.
The theory that we are descendants of the Martian people may be closer to the truth than originally thought.
Even at home, question after question surfaces regarding artifacts unearthed by archeologists around the world as to the antiquity of mankind:
... How could the Pyramids have been built with such mathematical and astronomical precision by a people who had not even discovered the use of the wheel?
... How did the ancient civilizations mine, transport and build structures using megalithic blocks, and then have the structures precisely arranged in astronomical accuracy?
... What do we make of the many drawings (found in caves and elsewhere) which show objects that look strikingly similar to space craft, jet planes, helicopters, etc.?
Books like Michael Cremo's Forbidden Archeology tell us that present day science doesn't know what to do with artifacts which have been found to be older than mankind, yet were obviously used by someone in the distant past.
Our paradigms are being threatened again. The first domino to fall was the one tipped over by Galileo ... the one that says Earth is a planet in its own right, making its way around our sun-centered system in a cycle of approximately 365 days.
The next domino that is beginning to fall is that we most likely are not the only intelligent life in the universe. This will probably be followed closely by a re-evaluation of the age of mankind on this planet.
Researchers have already found that we are closely linked to this planet by means of our extreme DNA closeness to the chimpanzee. As we have gained knowledge about genetics, new theories are being explored. Perhaps mankind was genetically altered over time to arrive at its present form and level of intelligence, and is actually a direct descendent of its nearest primate relative.
Naturally, this genetic alteration could not have been accomplished without outside intervention ... assistance from a race of beings not of this Earth. The question will be: did they come from a place light years away, such as the Pleiades, or did they come from a much nearer neighbor, like the planet Mars?
Mankind has much to learn about its past. Will we be able to ask the right questions and be willing to accept the truth (whatever that may be) when it finally surfaces, or will we stay locked in our current thinking that Homo Sapiens did not exist prior to 100,000 years ago?
The dominoes are all lined up, waiting for the next little nudge.
Galileo would be proud.