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A Social Time Bomb

Excerpt from Mes­sen­gers of Decep­tion: UFO Con­tacts and Cults, by Jacques Val­lée.

The idea of con­tact with high­er intel­li­gence is a social time bomb. Sev­er­al years ago I warned that unless my sci­en­tif­ic col­leagues under­took a seri­ous and unbi­ased inves­ti­ga­tion of the UFO phe­nom­e­non, there would be a pro­lif­er­a­tion of new sects claim­ing con­tact with high­er intel­li­gences and spe­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion with out­er space.

This pre­dic­tion has now been ful­filled: in Cal­i­for­nia, Ore­gon, and Col­orado, for exam­ple, a group called Human Indi­vid­ual Meta­mor­pho­sis (H.I.M.) is telling its fol­low­ers to aban­don all earth­ly pos­ses­sions in hopes of reach­ing a high­er phys­i­cal lev­el. In Europe, mys­te­ri­ous orga­ni­za­tions recruit peo­ple who seri­ous-ly believe that cos­mic mes­sages are com­ing to them from the “Uni­ver­sal Asso­ci­a­tion of Plan­ets.” In France, Great Britain, all over the world, claims of con­tact with super­nat­ur­al enti­ties are lead­ing to the cre­ation of new sects. The expec­ta­tion of high­er intel­li­gence is begin­ning to look like a form of wor­ship. This rais­es some basic ques­tions about sci­ence and reli­gion: what is the source of the mys­ti­cal expe­ri­ence? Some believ­ers in con­tact with space claim to have dis­cov­ered it.

Val­lée, 1979: 65–66.

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