I have written before about why I should stop watching/reading science fiction. It gets me paranoid about things. When I glance upwards occasionally to see if there is any rain clouds, my eyes (unknown to me) look for UFO’s. Flying Saucers, some might call… aliens for others… extra-terrestrials for some others… whatever we call these unknown beings I’m sure there is something out there, watching us all the time, studying us, making sense of these little humans that walk the earth, feeling all happy that we own this planet. They might probably be reporting back to their superiors that we are just a bunch of tiny senseless, stupid and selfish beings that demarcate borders and fight each other all the time because we believe in different things that most of us are not even sure exists or not. Chances are quite high that one of them might be saying to other, “Dude, do you mind watching them for a while so that I can have a drink? I promise I’ll be back in a while.”
Then the other one might be saying, “Sure. Why not? But not for more than 15 mins! That’s the maximum I can look at them… or I’ll go crazy!”
I seriously think that we humans, with our little meaningless issues have the great potential to make any intelligent alien go crazy enough that he/she’d think of driving their vehicle right onto a meteor.
You might be wondering why I am suddenly talking about aliens and human honor when till yesterday I was posting about going crazy and reading a book or even how I got scared on different occasions. I will tell you. One of my friends suggested this book ‘Chariots of the Gods’ by Erich Von Daniken. (I know some of you might be going, “Oh we knew this! You also start believing this guy? Here, we’re gonna hit the ‘unfollow’ button!!!) I confess that I was skeptical about this guy and the book too, but in order to be skeptical about something we need to understand what it is about. For that, I started reading it. This book was published long back (1968) and discusses strange hypothesis like the earth was visited by superhuman beings in the distant past… Von Daniken argues that all the things that are strange (inexplicable) from the human race’s past could be attributed as the work of extraterrestrials helping our ancestors. He cites examples such as the Egyptian Pyramids, the large rocks in Peru, Greek systems of building, Egyptian and Roman (even Sumerian) systems of polity, mathematics etc. He goes on to argue that the reference to gods in the religious texts or ancient works could be considered as references to extraterrestrial beings.
The beginning of the book was quite interesting as Von Daniken puts forward his theory of how we cannot rubbish the existence of alien life outside our planet. He says,
“Since the latest counts give 100 billion stars in our Milky Way… we may surmise that there are 18,000 planets comparatively close to the earth with conditions essential to life similar to those of our planet… Yet we can go even further and speculate that if only 1 percent of these 18,000 planets were actually inhabited, there would still be 180 [planets with intelligent life] left!”
The problem with the book is that he doesn’t really have any solidly established facts except certain that assumptions, which I admit, he had organized beautifully. Theoretically speaking, the author seems to have done a great deal of research to come up with such a work but the things mentioned in the book are not just thought-provoking but arguable in different streams of the society. Being written post 1968, on the immediate aftermath of NASA’s moon-landing the author is seen as very hopeful of inter-galactic space travel by the end of the millennium which we know haven’t become a possibility as yet. Although, it is quite possible to say that it was a good timing for that book to be released then because if it was being published now no doubt some religious fanatic might have assassinated him. In a hurry to establish the assumptions as facts, Von Daniken challenges the church and all the other religions of covering up facts and stuff. You could often see him taking out examples from ancient texts such as the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Mahabharata and even the Old Testament in an attempt to establish them as facts. It is easy for anyone to laugh at the things he has written in the book but one thing caught my mind. It is the fact that religion or blind faith has clouded our vision… things that have been taught to us in the harder way… in school, at home, out in the open world… wherever it may be… they are standing in our way of perception. It is acceptable that most people don’t use their imagination to its fullest level.
I was talking about this to a friend over a tuna sandwich and cold coffee and he called me a believer in pseudo-history! I was hurt. I didn’t tell anyone that I was going to make an Erich Von Daniken fan club and appoint myself as the President and Treasurer. But, he jumped into a conclusion hastily and stitched my mouth with theory and abuse!
After all, it was a pleasure reading the book even though the photographs were a bit old and black and white. I couldn’t make out anything from it. Consider the book as a blend of science fiction and fantasy.
- Aliens & UFOs – Re: Draconians (disclose.tv)
- The Resurrection of The Chariots of the Gods (dgmattichakjr.com)
- The Paradigm Symposium (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
- TV Show Says Aliens Visited Easter Island (news.discovery.com)
- In Search of Ancient Astronauts (Full Version) (undergrounddocumentaries.com)
- Ancient Mysteries – Tayos Lost Metal/Gold Library (disclose.tv)