Published: 2:14 PM 7/12/2014
To many people, the idea of UFOs is a joke. Or maybe itís something you read or see in science fiction.
Nowadays, even if you see a video of a UFO, most people will assume itís computer-generated or a special effect. There canít actually be other life out there besides us, right?
Iím not inclined to believe in UFOs. Alien invasions simply remind me of movies like Independence Day or War of the Worlds. Iíll also be reminded of things like Superman, Thor, Green Lantern or Star Trek.
As awesome as all of that is, itís nothing Iíll take seriously.
But I also realize that itís a big universe out there. It would be extremely egocentric to assume that humans are the only life out there. We just donít have any evidence of this.
Hereís an interesting example. On July 11, 1991 ó 23 years ago today ó several people caught an apparent UFO flying over Mexico City during a solar eclipse. You can look up the videos on YouTube.
In an era before special effects were as good as they are today, there are people who believe it was a spacecraft. There are also people who believe it was a hoax. Itís too easy to get people riled up in UFO suspicions or to discredit the possibility.
Are there any direct answers as to what is captured in the videos? No. Basic searches on the Internet revealed it remains a mystery. You can believe what you want about the sighting.
We can spend as much time as we want to thinking about the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
Sometimes itís even fun to imagine what it would be like to actually interact with other beings.
The possibility remains that there is other life out there and we just donít know it yet. The fact is we can spend a lot of our lives thinking about things that either a) cannot be or b) are unknown.
Realistically, we might never find the answer to things we canít see or touch or feel, but that doesnít mean it doesnít exist. You can believe what you want and there isnít anything wrong with it.
After all, in one episode of the second season of the show Ghost Whisperer, the main character, Melinda, states that ďwhat you can see is only half of what there is.Ē
Sure, in that context she was talking about ghosts and the supernatural, but it can also apply to the possibility of UFOs. We will likely never prove the existence or non-existence of aliens.
That just doesnít preclude the possibility that they exist.
Itís fun to imagine the Ďwhat ifsí every now and then. It creates creative pathways and enjoyment.
It is a waste of time, though, to spend all of our time lingering on those Ďwhat if?í questions, including UFOs. We have a life to live here on Earth, for however short or long weíre lucky enough to have.
Itís here I refer to the wise words of Albus Dumbledore. In Harry Potter and the Philosopherís Stone by J.K. Rowling, Harry finds a mirror called the Mirror of Erised. The reflection doesnít show you as you are, but rather the deepest desire of your heart.
Harry, who sees his dead parents embracing him in the mirror, spends a lot of time looking at it until Dumbledore finds him doing so.
ďThe Mirror will be moved to a new home tomorrow, Harry, and I ask you not to go looking for it again. If you ever do run across it, you will now be prepared,Ē Dumbeldore told Harry.
ďIt does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that. Now, why donít you put that admirable cloak back on and get off to bed.Ē
Make of UFOs what you will. Just remember, the universe is an endless place. Itís not likely humans are the only ones inhabiting it.