Tits editorial originally appeared in the Dallas Morning News and was distributed by The Associated Press.
When it comes to UFOs, no one knows the correct answer. The truth is still there.
And he can be there for a while. A new federal government UFO report couldn’t explain 143 of 144 military aviation encounters, which the government, which never passes up the opportunity to create a goofy acronym, now calls UAP, short for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. The only explicable encounter? A big balloon that deflates.
No one expected the brief unclassified report to include selfies of a little green guy from another world during a Texas Rangers game.
Heck, people are still looking for Sasquatch and Nessie. Good luck with that research, too.
It leaves everyone pretty much where they’ve always been – believe what we want to believe.
According to a Gallup poll in 2019, a third of Americans believe UFOs are alien spaceships visiting Earth from other planets or galaxies. However, 60% also believe that these observations can be explained by human activity or natural phenomena.
And although bipartisanship is a mystery in Washington, it is not about extraterrestrial encounters. About 30% of Republicans and 32% of Democrats believe in spacecraft from other planets.
Belief in UFOs plays into the breadth of the human imagination. For decades, movies and popular culture have shed light on one of the two themes – the friendly alien or the fleet of militaristic visitors bent on destroying all humans.
Since at least the 1940s, just about any phenomenon in the sky has been referred to as a “flying saucer,” a cultural abbreviation for the hopes and fears of how terrestrial mortals fit into a larger universe. With uncertainty come plots, fantasies and the imagining of a reality beyond ourselves.
Nonetheless, the possibility that life exists elsewhere stimulates exploration of space and encourages further investigation and interpretation. Astronomers estimate that Earth shares the Milky Way galaxy with 300 million habitable worlds. So why can’t they be hotbeds for smart life and cutting edge technology? Or then humanity is speculating.
Without a doubt, the report erases some of the stigma of aviators who openly talk about unexplained radars and close-up visual encounters. But will humanity soon know for sure? Don’t bet on it.
Much of this planet remains a mystery, not to mention the oddities in the sky. And not having the scientific tools to explain an anomaly only means people will have more questions than hard evidence.
Yes, the truth is still there and may be there for a long time to come.