By Steve Hammons
(This article originally appeared on the Transcendent TV & Media site at http://tvtranscend.blogspot.com.)
Some unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seem to many people to be "intelligently controlled physical craft of some kind from some place that is not here."
That is a premise of and a quote from the new book "A.D. After Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life After Contact" by Richard M. Dolan and Bryce Zabel.
These authors use a starting point that is beyond the various discussions about the question of "if" Earth humans are being visited by spacecraft and other kinds of phenomena that are quite unconventional.
They seem to feel that this has already been well established.
As a result, Dolan and Zabel say that their book is not trying to prove that some UFOs are related to intelligent beings, though they do include some very interesting information that supports this view.
"Thousand of books have been published, all debating whether UFOs are real or just figments of our imaginations. This book is not one of them," the authors state.
What are the realities of life on Earth?
READINESS AND PREPAREDNESS
Their starting point is: What does it mean? What are the factors involved? How is human society on Earth going to adjust to it? How will it unfold?
Dolan and Zabel may have a point. A moderate amount of research using reliable sources certainly gives the impression that it is quite possible or probable that some UFOs represent real circumstances that we should look at carefully.
It naturally follows that we should be prepared psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. In addition, human societies and cultures should be ready for various impacts affecting public health and safety, economics, technology, scientific knowledge and other elements of life.
Dolan and Zabel say, "An acknowledgment that 'UFOs are real and some of them are not us' will not end the debate, but only lead to more questions. It might also mark a new phase of the mystery."
As the authors of "A.D. After Disclosure" point out, there are many valid questions and some lead to other unknowns.
The desire for full disclosure of information about the UFO phenomena related to the U.S. and other nations is understandable. Yet, there could be certain aspects that require careful consideration.
Is the standard "need-to-know" guideline for the handling of sensitive information a good way to proceed? Or, should different methods be used to increase acclimation, readiness, insight and understanding?
Dolan's and Zabel's website AfterDisclosure.com presents a variety of views from researchers and observers who are interested in these kinds of subjects. The site is a resource that seems to provide a reasonable overview of the investigations into and discussions about the UFO topic.
WHERE TO FOCUS
It might be helpful to consider the viewpoint of Dolan and Zabel about where to focus our attention. Is it worthwhile to engage in endless debates about whether Earth is being visited by intelligent beings or is that actually already evident?
Maybe our discussions should be related to more useful directions such as: Are there more than one type of visitors or unconventional intelligent beings? Who are they? Where are they from? What do they want? How long have they been around? Are they friendly, hostile or neutral? Are there dangers involved? Can they help us in various ways?
As the authors of "A.D. After Disclosure" and many other researchers point out, the roles of our defense, intelligence and scientific communities are also of interest. Certain elements of these groups probably have gathered solid information on the subject over the years and decades.
Our communications media also have an interesting position in dealing with this general topic. Are the increasingly diverse mass media being responsible and providing credible perspectives for their audiences?
And will average people in many walks of life and in many circumstances use the information and insight in ways that are constructive and healthy?
These appear to be issues that are worthy of examination and exploration.
An additional element to consider is that the idea that we are being visited by interesting beings may just be the tip of the iceberg.
We could learn that our basic understanding of Nature and the universe needs updating. There may be new insights about human consciousness, life after death and how time and space function in mysterious ways.
Dolan's and Zabel's position of looking beyond petty debates and misinformation so we can concentrate on more important and meaningful aspects of the situation seems to make sense.
NOTE TO READERS: Hammons is author of the novels Mission Into Light and the sequel Light’s Hand. Please visit his sites Joint Recon Study Group at http://jointreconstudygroup.blogspot.com and Transcendent TV & Media at http://tvtranscend.blogspot.com.