Aliens Among Us? What the 2020 Pentagon Videos say about Belief.
From the world of the paranormal in 2020, it’s hard to think of anything which has had the impact of the Pentagon UFO video releases. Although, from where i’m sitting, it’s not entirely clear why.
The Pentagon is one of the big names that come up with UFO research for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they’re widely reported as having a programme that specifically aims at investigating UFO claims which, naturally, makes them a go to source for the extraterrestrial interlopers who whizz about the skyline. The hoover up material, collecting it and looking at what is going within each photo, report or video. Secondly, they also, on occasion, release said material, which are then thoroughly dissected by ufologists, tabloids and other such enthusiast the world over, before it ends up neatly placed on the doorstep of the more casual viewer.
So, what do we actually see in the 2020 videos?
The answer is simple, and consistent amongst any UFO video i’ve seen. Not a lot. Let’s begin, logically, with the first video.
In this shot, the happy little black shape dances around on the screen, rotating playfully as if asking for a belly rub. Our commentators, the pilots, provide a blow-by-blow of what the freaky little shape is up to.
Video two is much less fulfilling than video one, and puts me in mind of various ‘rod’ videos that i’ve seen before. It’s a tiny little shape that zooms in the distance, and not much else.
In terms of other videos we've seen before, these both feel like more in the same. Very little detail- certainly not enough to draw any conclusions as to what they may be. The military source is supposed to give them a believability which simply cannot be the case, seeing as there is nothing in there which we can consider an opinion to believe, outside of 'we have no idea what this thing is'.
I confess myself rather disappointed, and not just because of natural cynicism. The way these videos were hyped up, I felt almost certain that there had to be atleast an alien reaching out of the craft, flicking it's elongated middle finger at the camera as it speeds off into the distance to anally probe a hillbilly.
Perhaps the context of the video is the whole problem...
What can we learn from the context of the videos?
The eagle eyed and sleuthian amongst you may recognise that these videos were in fact released a couple of years ago in the New York Times. This release, therefore, is less of the blazing gun barrel, than the clean up crew mopping up the spatter.
What I mean by this is that the Pentagon have allowed a narrative to evolve in regards to this footage, which has gained an undue buoyancy through the lack of official comment on what exactly is going on.
But this was always going to be the case because, quite simply, bureaucracy works on a much slower timetable than speculation. A video leaked to the world can have already done the rounds, been analysed and had some ‘expert’ voicing their irrefutable proof that it’s an alien before the Pentagon staff have even gotten out of bed in the morning. And, as such, by the time the official statement is released, the least logical answer has been normalised by the sheer volume of what exists.
But i’m of course ignoring an enormous, trunked being placed squarely in the corner, shaking its head disapprovingly. The Pentagon’s dismissal wasn’t a dismissal. Instead, the official line was that the Pentagon was aiming to ensure that people were aware that the footage was in fact genuine, providing direct links to download the footage itself. The mere statement to address what these things were was simply:
‘The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified'.
Whilst this is obviously factually accurate, it is the case that these things are unidentified, this is red meat for the most die-hard alien visitation enthusiasts. The official is validating exactly what they’ve been saying all along.
Belief systems seem, to my eyes atleast, to be built around overcoming logical steps in order to believe something else.
Here’s an example of what I mean. It is unlikely that you would believe, straight off the bat, that the people of the beautiful European country of Switzerland are actually all feral squirrels in costumes. Indeed, you would laugh at such a proposal, calling it absurd and expecting it to be a story from the satirical Onion. But perhaps if you were drop fed pieces of information about the habits of squirrels, how they’re intelligent, willfully deceptive beasts. With each stage, the narrative is pushed a little bit further forward. Eventually, the singular big leap of the Swiss being squirrels in disguise becomes a much smaller leap.
Obviously this a grossly exaggerated and silly account, but it’s easy to see how this can apply to UFO research; once you’re thoroughly convinced that aliens exist, it seems like the logical step that anything could be aliens, rather than retracting a sequence of ‘belief steps’ which have led you to believe such a thing, in favour of following a different path of thought.
In the Pentagon saying that they don’t know what it the black spot in the sky is, a rational person will consider it as exactly that; they don’t know. Is it a weather phenomenon? Is it a weather balloon gone rogue? We don’t know. To someone who is convinced of aliens, the formula balances thusly: officials don’t know = aliens. This is an equation which they are perfectly entitled to believe, and I would defend profusely their right to do so. But such claims to merit criticism, which is rightly provided by many.
I have previously made clear my position on aliens, and UFO’s being aliens, but I’ll lay it out here as well. I am inclined to believe that aliens exist somewhere in the universe. The universe seems too vast for that not to be the case. However, I do not believe that they have visited Earth in any meaningful form, aside from a perhaps a cheeky stowaway amino acid on a meteor, or something similar.
The truth remains that anyone who watches these videos watches with bias firmly implanted , tinting their viewpoint. That does not necessarily remain only restricted to their own, organic biases (if such a thing exists), but also to the biases in the source of their consumption of it. If your first interaction with the videos came from a sceptical viewpoint, then your opinion may well be led in that direction. Whereas, if your opinion was formed by reading the source on a site which believes wholeheartedly in the idea that aliens visit us periodically, then you are likely to be swayed in that direction.
If I had to draw any conclusion specifically from either of the videos I have referenced, it would be this: We simply don’t know. There is not enough evidence to provide any definitive answer as to what exactly the answer is, but the only answers you will be able to see are those from committed believers on either side of the coin. Therefore, my conclusion has to be that there is no conclusion. How thoroughly unsatisfying…
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