Time to Retire the ET Hypothesis
The idea that UFOs are spacecraft from other planets or piloted by extraterrestrials is called the ET hypothesis.
For well over 50 years, the ET hypothesis has dominated the (now marginal) field of ufology.
In fact, today, if you mention the term ‘UFO’ to anyone, the person you are talking to will almost certainly begin to go on about how impossible it is that that life could only insist on earth and so on and so forth. In fact, nearly three quarters of Americans believe that UFOs are spacecraft and that the U.S. government is not revealing everything it knows about them.
I find this fact aggravating, and here’s why:
Many people will automatically phrase the question as, “Do you believe in UFOs?” even though the acronym ‘UFO’ stands for Unidentified Flying Object.
Belief in such objects is completely irrelevant because we know that aerial objects we can’t identify do exist.
We know that a certain number of these objects turn out to be earthly aircraft or misidentifications of planets and stars. We know that some will be identified later on as experimental military craft.
And we know that many of these objects cannot really be said to be objects at all, but rather are only identifiable as strange lights in the night sky.
A few of these unidentified flying objects will remain unidentified, baffling everyone for years and years. Those are the ones that draw the most intense interest.
But none of this is about belief .
When people ask, “Do you believe in UFOs?” or “Do you believe UFOs are real?” what they really mean is “Do you think creatures from other planets are visiting the earth in spaceships in such great numbers that humans all over the world are catching sight of them on a regular basis?”
After years and years of research and study and a number of truly strange personal experiences, I can say for sure that, no. I don’t believe that.
But I do believe lights in the night sky, sightings of unidentified aerial craft, and reports of close encounters and alien abductions are worth investigating.
Like a small but growing number of writers and paranormal researchers, I suspect the UFO phenomenon is about something decidedly terrestrial in nature.
But, if we keep looking for ET we will never understand what is really happening.
Fairies and Aliens
The fairies that adorn the pages of children’s books and the beautiful 19th century illustrations of fairies done by Warwick Goble and Arthur Rackham show elegant little creatures that sparkle and smile.
Fairies are portrayed in these drawings as lovely girls with wings, or cherubs, or sometimes as mischievous pointy-eared sprites.
These fairy illustrations and portrayals leave out an important dimension of the Fay, or the fairy folk (sometimes also called ‘the Gentry’): their ability to induce terror and awe and ‘touch’ human abductees in such a way that these unfortunates were never quite ‘right’ again.
In the words of poet William Allingham:
Up the airy mountains
Down the rushy Glen,
We dare not go a-hunting
For fear of little men…
In other words, to encounter fairy folk was dangerous, and to displease them was unwise. Known for their secretive ways and their ability to alter human perceptions of reality, the Fay had a dark aspect that is not unlike that attributed to the grays. They were shape shifters and tricksters, and their elusive magic was powerful and strange.
What’s more, although fairies were always thought to be diminutive in size and some grays are thought to be quite tall (there are small worker grays and tall grays who seem to be elders or leaders), the facial features of both fairies and aliens share some common elements.
Both fairies and grays have large, almond-shaped eyes that hypnotically draw others in, pale skin, larger heads, and delicate asexual body construction. Both can fly. Both seem able to drift through walls and solid objects and to appear at night, in one’s dreams, or beside one’s bed.
Like grays, fairies were known to be drawn to “interesting young people” and would sometimes abduct them. If these young people returned, they returned changed, and not always in a good way. To be given the gift of fairy wisdom could cut either way–it could bestow clairvoyant and healing abilities, but it could just as easily drive the recipients mad.
They stole little Bridget,
For seven years long;
When she came down again
All her friends were gone.
They took her lightly back
Between the night and morrow;
They thought she was fast asleep,
But she was dead with sorrow.
The distortion of time and periods of lost time plays a major role in both fairy abductions of young humans and alien abductions. Little Bridget dies of sorrow because although she thinks she was gone only a short time, she was in fact gone for many years.
Babies were also sometimes stolen by fairies and replaced with fairy babies or fairy/human hybrids known as changelings. This is so similar to the reproductive themes in alien abduction lore that it’s pretty hard to overlook.
What’s more, many alien abductees, including prolific author and vocal experiencer Whitley Strieber, report a moist, dusky smell to the ‘craft’ of the aliens, almost as it were not a craft at all but a place underground.
Abductees also frequently report a strange but distinct smell to the aliens that is somewhat like cinnamon. These reports are strikingly similar to fairy lore which gives the Fay a spicy, earthy scent and has them living below trees or under large outcroppings of rocks.
Abductees report aliens with insect-like movements, much as fairies were seen to flit from here to there–and alien ‘craft’ have been observed to ‘flit’ from spot to spot instead of moving in a smooth, fluid line.
Not least among these many similarities is the fact that so many alien abduction and fairy abduction stories begin with sightings of anomalous lights in the night sky, or small balls of light indoors, outdoors, or most especially in remote or wooded areas.
The Alien Hybridization Project Only Makes Sense as Theater
These similarities are just the tip of the iceberg, but what convinces me more than all of these parallels put together is the fact that the alien hybridization project written about so seriously by authors like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs in the 1980s makes absolutely no sense.
Why would aliens, who are able to travel light years of unbelievable distance in the blink of an eye use reproductive technology that even here on earth is considered crude and outdated?
We can put fish genes in tomatoes now, and we do it too, because it makes the tomatoes last longer on the shelf. These aliens, however, seem to have no clue and are still using equipment that looks like it was lifted right out of a 1950s sci fi horror flick.
Perhaps their technology seems to be right out of a 1950s sci fi alien invasion movie because it is right out of such a movie.
If one of the key gifts of the Fay is the ability to alter human perception and their modus operandi is trickery and extreme privacy, what better way to present themselves to a technological age than as creatures right out of our own contemporary imaginations?
The alien hybridization project that runs through so many 1950s alien movies and also through most of the accounts of abduction experiencers also makes perfect sense as theater.
The two most powerful human emotions are fear and sexual desire. If you really wanted to change someone’s thinking and understanding, to permanently alter them and really ‘mess with their minds’, tapping these two themes would not be a bad place to start.
And like the abductees of the fairy folk, alien abductees do return deeply changed and slightly ‘off’, never again to see only the ordinary in daily life. Some go off the deep end and never quite return. Others incorporate this extreme experience in more subtle and creative ways.
So that’s my schtick on aliens and fairies.
It isn’t really mine at all. Others before me have noticed and commented extensively about it. In future hubs, I’ll look at what they have had to say and why researching it might be important to our growth as intelligent creatures.
Is there intelligent life on earth?
There might be.
And someday, we might understand it a little better, if we try.