Setting aside the car saga for the evening – and half a dozen or so comparably mundane pains-in-the-tushes – I decided to switch direction a bit and look at other segments of the Internet, television and the universe. I have been halfheartedly watching the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series. I say half-heartedly because I’ve got a few bazillion of the shows TiVo’d and every time I get around to playing them I fall asleep at the halfway point. It’s not disinterest so much as it is dis-sleepest. As in, ain’t getting any sleep and the relatively low-key History Channel treatment of what’s by nature a sensational subject matter hits just the right brain tones to do me in. Maybe the better phrasology would be half-brainedly watching.
I’m seeing lots of familiar faces there and a few semi-familiar names. For anybody who’s been around since the 1960’s, no doubt you’ve heard of one of the earliest Ancient Alien proponents: Eric Von Däniken, with his Chariots of the Gods series of books. He took a lot of flack for his proposals but his crazy ideas were a bit too close to reality for comfort. As time goes on, science is still dismissive on the surface of such outrageous claims even while a lot of times the evidence stands there with hands on hips, toe tapping and saying, “Oh, really?”
I am not necessarily swearing that every point-by-point theory is tried and true; I do, however, find a lot of the concepts intriguing.
A lot of the faces on that program are people who make their livings proposing alternate views of human history. There’s David Wilcock and Graham Hancock. Wilcock’s website focuses on an all-encompassing universal consciousness, where Hancock’s approach is all about the (ad nauseam) math. I’ve read two books by Hancock, and he’s got some legitimately interesting things to say. Unfortunately he takes a few thousand words too many to state the elemental concepts he proposes. As a writer he needs to understand the value of being succinct when the occasion calls for it. (Yeah, yeah, I know. “Hey kettle: you’re BLACK!)
Haven’t read anything by Wilcock yet but have seen some of this YouTube videos and remember them being interesting, I think. If I weren’t so completely bleary-eyed I might do better at recollection.
Ancient Aliens introduced me to Georgio Tsoukalos (is that a Greek name or what???) He’s articulate, has coal black Einstein hair, and it’s kind of hard to take him seriously even when he’s right. He’s very earnest and articulate, I’ll give him that.
It sounds like I’m making fun of these guys and really I’m not. Everyone needs a system of beliefs and theirs just happens to be that all the ancient references to gods and goddesses were really human encounters with alien beings. Think of how we, with all our gadgetry of the modern world, would have been perceived by Joe Caveman. There are some pretty damned amazing ancient sites that don’t fit our preconceived notions of how our ancestors lived a dozen millenia ago, with more discovered all the time. Just when science says Egypt or Sumeria was the birthplace of modern civilization, along comes something like Gobekli Tepe, a site thousands of years older than the pharaohs. If Atlantis was a real civilization (and I firmly believe it was), Gobekli Tepe was pretty damned close to its contemporary. There are other sites where the age is a matter of dispute, including the sphinx, and Tiahuanaco in Bolivia (pictured above). The building techniques are lost to history and in some cases cannot be replicated even today, with modern machinery. Tiahuanaco, for example, has been variously dated to as little as a few hundred years old and as much as eighteen thousand years old.
In light of all this I’m truly convinced I’m in the wrong business. What I do now, I do because it’s a living. I like my job reasonably well and am grateful it carried us through the nation’s economic crash with a modicum of grace. I’m thankful to have finally achieved middle class and to have the option of paying my bills on time and of wearing all the contrivances and responsibilities of grown-up-ness. All things being equal, though, I really should’ve been a psychic or writer of the marginal sciences. I’m pretty sure it pays better than my day job. Trouble is when I was in school, nobody was offering courses in ufology, the science of mythology or psychic studies. It was marginal enough to follow one’s horoscope in those days, at least when you counted growing up in a fundamentalist Christian household. Radical was for me sneaking out to go to (gasp!) school dances!
Which is also pretty valid point, when you think about it. If the Ancient Aliens view is correct and Moses got the Ten Commandments from Joe the Space Dude, are we really, truly sinning when we have babies out of wedlock? Or when we drink something containing alcohol? Where did Joe and his buddies get off telling us we shalt worship him? I don’t mean to blaspheme against someone’s religion and I do believe there is a God/Goddess, a divine being in the universe. This is apart from any possible alien life forms. Sort of. Though any way you slice it, if God didn’t come FROM Earth because he CREATED Earth, then by definition He’s extraterrestrial. So if God is a living entity I guess that makes Him an alien life form.
In which case, never mind.
For the moment I’m focusing on just putting one foot in front of the other for the next few weeks, and trying to remain conscious long enough to do some work on the ReadWriteGo site and its submissions. I’d still like to see it go and introduce some terrific new writers. I need to finish up my own opus (as Dangerspouse puts it.) It’s not exactly ancient aliens but it could definitely be called “out there”.
And maybe I could read a few palms along the way, just for kicks.