I’m not in the mood to write today. Last night my furnace died, and I am (I hope understandably) a bit upset. The furnace was 35 years old, and unfortunately the repair costs would be more than 50% of the replacement costs for the whole unit and they’d only keep it running for another year or two. So, now I need a new furnace, and of course it’s a boiler so it’s the most expensive type. September was a bad enough month, with quarterly self-employment taxes and school taxes due two weeks ago on top of the normal monthly expenses, but adding this massive expense this month on top of all is a pretty big hit.
So, anyway, I’m not really into writing right now. Let me direct you briefly then to a dumb thing I read this morning while waiting for the furnace guy to come look at the furnace.
Yesterday I discussed some of the Christians who are upset about the ancient astronaut theory, so today it seems only fair to discuss some New Agers who are also upset about the ancient astronaut theory. We’ve had New Age disagreements over ancient astronauts repeatedly over the last half century, from those who believe the “aliens” were really a lost civilization (Graham Hancock, Andrew Collins, Colin Wilson, etc.) and from those who believe they actually represent a shamanic supernatural (Graham Hancock again, for example). So I read with interest the musings of two Edgar Award-winning authors who believe that the aliens should actually be understood in terms of a quasi-mystical synchronicity.
Trish and Rob MacGregor have each won an Edgar Award for their individual novels, and together they write nonfiction books on New Age mysteries like the Bermuda Triangle. In a blog post this morning, they attacked In Search of Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos and also the New Atheists for being too materialistic and not embracing synchronicity as an explanation for the unexplained.
For Georgio (sic), aliens are the answer to virtually every mystery, including the roots of our religion and sense of spirituality. So in Georgio’s world, spirit contact, which is the basis of shamanism and set off the development of religions, was really contact with flesh and blood aliens. That’s the doctrine of these shows.
The pair lament that “spooky” topics are relegated to late night radio and alternative media and hope that someday mainstream media will discuss the outré with seriousness.
After all, what’s more important than exploring the nature of reality and questions about life after death, especially when it’s done outside of the limiting beliefs of religious dogma…and, for that matter, outside of alien dogma.
Perhaps it would cheer me up to see a debate between an ancient astronaut theorist, a creationist, and a synchronicity-shamanic theorist about what the “beings” from beyond really are.
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