Let’s Talk About Disclosure
Signs are pointing to a bombshell UFO report. Here are some talking points to help your friends and family come to terms with UFO reality.
OK, let’s get it out of our system. On the count of three, let’s all say it out loud: I TOLD YOU SO. Enjoy that moment of gloating because we still have work to do. In what may be the boldest disclosure yet on the UFO question, the people in our lives may suddenly be looking to us to help them make sense of what they just learned.
We all know that the clock is ticking for the US government to release its report sharing what it knows about UFOs or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). Yes, there are ways the language is written that could allow some information to stay hidden based on exclusions from the law’s provisions. And there is the question of what will be public versus relegated to the classified appendix. Moreover, one can wonder whether six months was sufficient time to complete a comprehensive report. However, it seems likely that whatever comes out in the report will be more than what we know now.
In a recent interview, former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe suggested it might be much more. He told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that “There are a lot more sightings than have been made public.” He confirmed that those researching such sightings always look for “plausible explanations,” like weather or space anomalies or foreign technologies. However, he admitted that there are some cases, “where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we have seen,” based on the observed flight characteristics.
In a December interview, former CIA Director John Brennan made a similar claim, saying that he thinks “some of the phenomena we’re going to be seeing continues to be unexplained and might, in fact, be some type of phenomenon that is the result of something that we don’t yet understand and that could involve some type of activity that some might say constitutes a different form of life.”
Yep, a different form of life. Are these admissions intended to prepare the public for what could be the government saying that it is possible if not very probable that we are not alone in the universe? It seems like they could be. Yet even with people dropping hints ahead of time, it is hard to know exactly how people will respond. Where those of us in the UFO community can help is by preparing some talking points for our friends, neighbors, and colleagues who may be asking some big questions for the first time.
On one end of the spectrum are the members of the public whose response to the report will be along the lines of, “No shit.” On the other are those who won’t believe it, perhaps thinking the act of disclosure is a form of conspiracy itself. But that leaves a lot of room in the middle. While surveys show that most Americans already believe we are not alone, moving from belief to knowing, with full government confirmation and unambiguous pictures of them in our skies, is a little different animal.
That said, some may not be all that interested or concerned, figuring that if it has been going on for decades and it hasn’t touched their life, why would they care now? But there are likely to be a lot of people who have a lot of questions, even if they already accepted the idea that there are others out there. Driving a lot of the questions will be curiosity. However, underneath many questions may be an attempt to assess the larger dilemmas of: Do I need to be afraid? What might this mean for my life?
What will be important in the days and weeks after we find out we are not alone is helping people process this information in a way that feels safe, intriguing, uplifting, and even exciting. This is not to say there won’t be valid reasons for some caution and concern but mass fear and anxiety wouldn’t help anyone or anything.
Can we talk?
Some of what we might want to say to people in our lives who are new to this may depend on the nature of the revelations. For the purpose of what follows, let’s consider the scenario that the government comes out and echoes what Ratcliffe, Brennan, and many, many others before them have already said.
Basically, we have observed things in our skies that demonstrate capabilities and characteristics not originating from human technology. These objects appear to be under intelligent control, suggesting that other forms of life are visiting Earth. These sightings are documented going back decades, with the possibility of a much longer history.
If everyone heard that message, what might we say to calm nerves and invite open discussion?
(1) It kind of just makes sense. When we think about the vastness of the universe and what science already knows about the building blocks of life originating from or at least being present in deep space, the idea that we are the lone form of intelligent life seems very unlikely. Additionally, we know that our planet is young from a galactic standpoint, meaning that other species and planets had millennia upon millennia to evolve before we did. When you consider that there are billions of planets in our galaxy alone, logic suggests a high probability that we are not the only fish in the giant ocean that is our ever-expanding universe.
(2) You can decide what this information means for you. Unquestionably, this is a big deal for humanity. Dare I even say it’s huge. But the impact it has on any particular life doesn’t need to be. The only difference between the day before disclosure and the day after is that the information has entered the public domain. Barring any ET coming out party, we are just acknowledging what has already been going on. Of course, there are things we as a society will need to address, like why the secrecy and how this information can be reconciled with our current understanding of science, religion, philosophy, and even our human history. But there will be time to have those discussions. We can each individually choose to expand or update our beliefs and paradigms to include the new information or not.
(3) You are safe. The risks posed by UFOs are negligible compared to what we deal with everyday on Earth. Yes, there have been cases of people being abducted, sometimes resulting in miraculous healing and other times not so much. But that does not mean it will happen to you, nor that every spaceship we see is on a human harvesting mission. Researchers in this field generally agree that, like in our own society, there are friendlies, neutrals, and hostiles. A well-adjusted person doesn’t go around fearing strangers, nor assuming that everyone is out to get them. With no evidence to the contrary, a similar attitude would serve here too. Additionally, bringing forward this information means we will be paying more attention to what is afoot and hopefully speaking more openly about the kind of contact we want to have and how to start those relationships off well.
Humanity has dealt with surprises and challenges before. The pandemic is a good example of coping with change at a global scale. Sure, one could argue that our institutions colossally failed us and fear came to rule the land, but it also showed what we, as humans, are made of. There were tremendous acts of generosity and caring, as well as the tireless service of courageous people working the front lines. There was great determination as people banded together to take care of neighbors and support local businesses. We got creative in how we connect, have fun, and get stuff done. The result is that we came into 2021 stronger than if 2020 had been the party year we all hoped for. Whatever curveballs come our way as a result of these revelations, we have the resilience and resourcefulness to handle it.
This is the beginning of a great adventure in discovery. I don’t think anyone expects the upcoming report to be able to tell us who they are and why they are here, nor include detailed specifications for building our own craft. It is really just the beginning of the journey, giving us the punchline and establishing a framework for accountability, but leaving a lot to be filled in. Instead of responding to the report with fear or worry, we can bring an inquisitive spirit and excitement about how much more magnificent the universe is than we may have realized. We can be optimistic about being at the precipice of potentially major breakthroughs in technology and human understanding, and focus our energy on the benefits this information could make possible.
Sure, disclosure may not all be smooth sailing, but think of how lucky we all are to experience this time in our human history. Collectively, we are living through a time of great change, where questions are being answered and giving rise to questions we hadn’t yet thought to ask. That is how civilizations evolve and expand. Instead of shrinking from this information, let’s help the masses embrace it and leverage it to our advantage.
Here is another recent article from Trail of the Saucers on the topic of the DNI report and what it may mean for us: