Even though the four minute trailer for NBC's new series, The Event, doesn't explicitly mention UFOs or aliens, it's not hard to imagine that, somehow, these themes are important to the series. The President learns of a deeply secret CIA operation dealing with "others" of some sort who are held in a secure base in Alaska. "So this is true," he says, "this is all true." He is brought to their location and meets their "leader." He is going to hold a major press conference, but there is an attempt on his life. What is happening, according to The Event's Wikipedia entry, is "the biggest cover-up in U.S. history; a coverup which shapes the very core of mankind as a whole."
Makes you wonder, for sure.
Other bloggers, such as Larry Lowe, have discussed their knowledge that The Event is UFO/ET related. I've also been quietly told by another researcher that this is indeed the case.
I learned about this show sometime during the summer. At that time, I talked about it with Bryce Zabel, my intrepid co-author of the upcoming A.D., After Disclosure: The People's Guide to Life After Contact. Bryce and I had spent the spring and summer writing about what the world really will look like following the Disclosure of the UFO/ET reality here on planet Earth. So you can see why we would be especially interested in following this "event" for a major broadcasting network, especially since our own book is complete and due for release in late October.
With the release of a major television show based, it would seem, on something to do with a significant Earth-changing "event," I can only reflect on what I think will be the real Earth-changing event.
That will be the Disclosure -- whether by an American President or some other major public figure -- of the reality of a non-human intelligence interacting with humanity. An intelligence that is connected to the UFO phenomenon, and that is, fundamentally, "not us." They are "Others."
This does not mean they are extraterrestrial, though of course they might be. Perhaps, too, these Others inhabit some other dimension of reality. Or maybe they are humans from another place or time. Or maybe something entirely different, or some combination of possibilities. Dealing with them, trying to understand them, was one of the key issues of our book, but by no means the only one.
As far as I can tell, what we have done is unique. Bryce and I have tried to peer into the future, into a world in which the UFO reality is fully and openly acknowledged. A future in which we recognize that at least some UFOs have been the product of an advanced intelligence not from our civilization.
Ask yourself: how would the open acknowledgment of such a truth affect our world? How would it affect you personally?
For most of this last decade, I have been lecturing on the challenges and opportunities presented by a true disclosure of the reality of UFOs. The topic fascinates me. But what I discovered is that it is a lot easier to talk about why UFO secrecy ought to end, than it is to glimpse the murky future of a post-disclosure world.
But here is what I think will happen. There will be a day when the truth -- the big, big truth -- does come out. Today is not yesterday, and tomorrow surely will not be today. By that I simply mean that our world is changing too fast. We cannot possibly expect that in the coming years we will perceive and understand reality as we do today.
Think about the radical nature of some of our newest shared technology. Such products as pervasive as smart-phones and YouTube have only been with us for about five years. Do we really think time will just stand still, in a 2010 holding pattern for the remainder of our lives? What new technologies and new capabilities will exist in 2015? Or 2025? Or 2050?
Is it possible that, at some point between now and then, we achieve a critical mass in what we know and how we know it? One that forces "The Powers That Be" into acknowledging the obvious? Yes, I think it certainly is possible. I would say it is likely.
What will that "Event" be? That real event, not the one made for television?
Well, it can be a number of things, certainly, but my money is on a future sighting. A mass sighting, most probably, and one that is captured on multiple devices, from multiple perspectives. It would help if a major media representative were already there, forced into reporting the event because it's right there.
You think it's impossible? I would beg to differ. The UFO story of the past half century contains a rich history of mass sightings. But only in the last few decades have we had any practical capability to record objects in the sky. Even today, we are not quite able to have multiple, high quality devices ready to record strange things in the sky. Ever try getting a good night video out of your phone? Then you know what I mean. Within a few years, though, there is no question that things will be different.
So, if you consider that, at some point between now and then, an Event of some sort makes Disclosure an inevitability - what then? What happens after Disclosure?
One thing you can be sure of is that, in such a world, everything will be affected. In the first place, before even dealing with the Others -- whoever, whatever they are -- there will be many shocked people. It will be an "everything-you-thought-you-knew-was-wrong" moment. People will immediately understand that their government has lied to them for an entire lifetime. Then, following the initial shock, they will be very angry.
For once people begin asking how the lie succeeded for so long, they will begin looking at some of the major institutions of our world: government, media, academia. They will want to know how it happened that these bodies, supposedly representing the people, lied to them for so long. What they will find will be corruption and manipulation embedded within those institutions, all in the service of secrecy.
There will also be questions about energy. That is because one of the immediate issues in a post-Disclosure world will be the glaring obviousness of one thing: that whatever these Others use to get around, it isn't high-octane gasoline. Clearly, they use something different, something much better. Whatever that "better" is, it will seem logical to try to replace petroleum with it. Everyone dreams of a post-petroleum world, but how do we actually, concretely, make that transition -- especially when we are talking about the biggest business in the world? No one is saying we should not do it, but to think it will happen easily is pure fantasy.
Questions about petroleum are indelibly linked to questions about world finance. The world, after all, is a petroleum-based economy. Most of the value of world's goods is a direct reflection of the cost of the energy used to create and transport them. What, then, if we get something like "free" energy? Aside from creating a potential utopia or dystopia, how will that affect stock valuations, for starters?
We might also ask how Disclosure will affect world culture and society? Will there be a mass rejection of old values in favor of something new? Will there be a new generation gap, such as what people experienced during the 1960s ("don't trust anyone over 30")? Will there be a resurgence in hallucinogenic drugs, based on the idea that taking them will allow you to see other entities (this is already becoming a widespread belief among people who take certain substances common to South America). Will Disclosure perhaps spark a renaissance of the human spirit, learning, and creativity?
There are issues of religion and spirituality. How would the world's major religions deal with Disclosure? Are some better prepared than others? How might they interpret the Disclosure Event differently from one another? What kinds of new religions might we expect? Will Disclosure cause religions to collapse, or will it cause them to become more deeply entrenched?
We can ask the same of how Disclosure will affect the world of science. Certainly, scientists themselves are likely to be deeply upset by the news, at least initially. After all, most of them have spent their entire lives denying even the possibility that UFOs might actually be real. They will be in for a rude awakening. But then what? It is quite possible that Disclosure will spark a new era in science, new questions, new discoveries.
Then there will be the ultimate political fall out. After the shock to our institutions, the angry populations around the world, somehow, some way, our global system will realign itself. How will this happen? What will the new system look like? Will we have a global police state, or will Disclosure offer the opportunity to break the chains of authoritarianism?
These are not easy questions to answer. Some were not even easy to ask. None of us has a true crystal ball into the future. But in the course of writing A.D., After Disclosure, one thing became obvious to Bryce and me. The radical transformation of every facet of our world by Disclosure provides the reason for the secrecy itself. Bryce is no stranger to expressing these ideas in dramatic form on television -- his earlier NBC series about alien invasion, "Dark Skies," can easily be viewed as a cautionary tale for why the government intends to keep the secret intact at almost any cost.
In other words, the intrusion into our world by "Others" is radical enough. But even more radical is openly acknowledging them. Because doing so will rock our world so thoroughly that very little will be recognizable after the fallout.
Some may see this as a reason for not pushing Disclosure. Better safe than sorry, they might say. And indeed, those few who are in full possession of the secret have always felt this way. But you see, here is the problem with their position: the world is not static. Time keeps moving.
The day will come soon -- whether fifty years from now or tomorrow -- in which something will force their hand. Someone will have to admit something. Once that happens, all hell will break loose. Yes, leaders will continue to lie their asses off. Of course they will. Spin and lies will be the order of the day.
But this time something will be different. This time the intellectual playing field will be different. Lies and spin will be harder for the elite, not easier, in a post-Disclosure world. Not impossible, but certainly not easier. This is because once their lifetime of lies is revealed, everything goes on the table for discussion, and I can assure you there will be no shortage of good, reliable data, concerning the long history of UFO encounters, from which to begin your own research. I should know: I have spent nearly two decades poring over such data. It's there in abundance.
The real world, after the real Event, will surely be rather different from the fictionalized world portrayed on NBC following its fictionalized Event. No doubt, the television show will entertain. But the real-life issues caused by a lifetime of the greatest cover-up in modern history -- that is, the UFO cover-up -- are vastly more profound and complex than even those portrayed by NBC's latest thriller.