The modern UFO movement is a little bit beyond my usual area, but this post over at the Above the Law blog seems worthy of a few comments, especially since I’m not yet able to start my review of Scott Wolter’s new book due to yet another shipment delay.
UFO activist Ed Komarek believes that major law firms will soon team up with UFO disclosure activists to open up government UFO archives when they realize that disclosure lawsuits will pay better that acquiescing to U.S. government conspiracies. Komarek believes that “huge amounts of profit” can be made both from suing over UFOs and offering “protection from” UFO lawsuits.
The rapid disclosure of extraterrestrial reality will surely create economic hardship for many nationally and globally but it will also present many opportunities. There will be those people and industries like the legal industry that will flourish and profit greatly from the upheaval.
Komarek, who believes that the U.S. fought against aliens during World War II, also believes that the U.S. government is concerned that any disclosure of extraterrestrial beings will cause political and social chaos, which I suppose puts it somewhere between Edward Snowden and Obamacare on the scale of things various groups believe will destroy America.
Those nations, companies, and citizens that have prepared themselves for possible catastrophic economic instability and renewal after UFO/ET disclosure will be able to take advantage of new opportunities. These will flourish in such a time of upheaval while those that continue to remain brainwashed will suffer greatly.
While Above the Law treated this as the silliness it is—joking that lawyers are all Freemasons, so they would never betray the conspiracy—I was surprised by how closely Komarek’s apocalypse to mega-profits claim mirrors those offered by the gold-securities industry, especially as represented by Glenn Beck, in preying on some Americans’ fears of economic collapse. The calls to buy gold aren’t as powerful as they were last year, due largely to a drop in gold prices, but Beck’s apocalyptic views remained intact, as he stated back in August:
The only thing I have to fear is the government, quite frankly. The government lying to you, the media not telling the truth. I mean, gold is the original gold standard… […] You better have a plan and know what you and your family are going to do in the time of more difficult days ahead.
Obviously Glenn Beck and Ed Komarek are operating in completely different realms, but their language and their ideas are remarkably similar and draw on the same idea of the apocalyptic tradition found in Western belief from Revelation down to today. Revelation 21:1-2 tells us that a New Jerusalem will descend on a devastated world to replace the old heaven and the old earth, much as the Norse Ragnarok would create a new heaven and a new earth and cleanse the world of evil.
Many scholars have traced this kind of apocalyptic thinking and its effect on Western culture, but I think it’s probably safe to say that the internet and the media have made it possible for more people to believe that the always-coming, never-arriving End Times are actually happening right now. Last year, polls found that 1 in 7 people worldwide believes that the end of the world will happen in their lifetimes, but 22 percent in the United States believes the same thing.
It seems that Komarek’s giddy longing for an apocalyptic revelation of extraterrestrial truth is just another secular counterpart to the endless wait for the Second Coming. The glee at complete collapse of the old order stems from the belief that starting fresh, with supernatural aid, will somehow cleanse the earth and provide true believers—but not sinful doubters—with a reversal of their current fortunes, and place them at the top of the social and economic pyramid. If you are wise enough to hoard gold, or to jump on board the UFO disclosure train, you, too, will be among the new elite.
It’s like the apocalyptic expectation outlined in H. P. Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu,” where, literally, the return of the aliens is expected to usher in a libertine paradise and rites of social reversal—an endless Saturnalia:
That cult would never die till the stars came right again, and the secret priests would take great Cthulhu from His tomb to revive His subjects and resume His rule of earth. The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.
Lovecraft, modeling this on and inverting Revelation, intentionally cast the Second Coming of Cthulhu as horrifying to traditional morality, but it captures some of the expectation inherent in the Apocalypse that the overthrow of civilization by supernatural means will free the believer from oppression and restriction. Thus, for the true believer, the End Times are a consummation devoutly to be wished, when the believer will be rewarded and the doubter punished.
Or, in short, the aliens are once again replacement gods.
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