- "1492 AD, October 11, 10:00 PM: Christopher Columbus
and Pedro Gutierrez while on the deck of the Santa Maria, observed, "a
light glimmering at a great distance." It vanished and reappeared
several times during the night, moving up and down, "in sudden and
passing gleams." It was sighted 4 hours before land was sighted, and
taken by Columbus as a sign they would soon come to land."
- Shortly thereafter, the entire native populations of
the America's were basically wiped out by disease, war and inter-tribal
rivalries. This is what I call the "Columbus Effect" and we are
the natives when it comes to UFO's landing here on Earth. I'm not the only
one who thinks so.
- Take for example the Aztec's who lived in modern day
Mexico, they had a "encounter" with a advanced civilization.
It only took a few years and their civilization was history, literally.
I have a letter from an eyewitness to this close encounter. I thought it
might help shed some light on our modern predicament.
- From: The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest
of Mexico (Boston: Beacon Press, 1962), pp. 64-66
- "When Montezuma had given necklaces to each one,
Cortis asked him: "Are you Montezuma? Are you the king? Is it true
that you are the king Montezuma?" And the king said: "Yes, I
am Montezuma." Then he stood up to welcome Cortis; he came forward,
bowed his head low and addressed him in these words: "Our lord, you
are weary. The journey has tired you, but now you have arrived on the earth."
- "You have come to your city, Mexico. You have come
here to sit on your throne, to sit under its canopy. "The kings who
have gone before, your representatives, guarded it and preserved it for
your coming. The kings Itzcoatl, Montezuma the Elder, Axayacatl, Tizoc
and Ahuitzol ruled for you in the City of Mexico. The people were protected
by their swords and sheltered by their shields. "Do the kings know
the destiny of those they left behind, their posterity? If only they are
watching! If only they can see what I see!" "No, it is not a
dream. I am not walking in my sleep. I am not seeing you in my dreams....
I have seen you at last! I have met you face to face! I was in agony for
five days, for ten days, with my eyes fixed on the Region of the Mystery.
And now you have come out of the clouds and mists to sit on your throne
again." "This was foretold by the kings who governed your city,
and now it has taken place. You have come back to us; you have come down
from the sky. Rest now, and take possession of your royal houses. Welcome
to your land, my lords! "
- When Montezuma had finished, La Malinche translated his
address into Spanish so that the Captain could understand it. Cortis replied
in his strange and savage tongue, speaking first to La Malinche: "Tell
Montezuma that we are his friends. There is nothing to fear. We have wanted
to see him for a long time, and now we have seen his face and heard his
words. Tell him that we love him well and that our hearts are contented."
- Then he said to Montezuma: "We have come to your
house in Mexico as friends. There is nothing to fear." La Malinche
translated this speech and the Spaniards grasped Montezuma hands and patted
his back to show their affection for him....
- Note: by 1590 there was little left of the Aztecs and
their civilization, so much for "There is nothing to fear."
- Another view of the same phenomena comes from of all
places, the U.S. National Security Agency, in their report "UFO Hypothesis
and Survival Questions" formerly classified "Secret" states:
"This hypothesis has a number of far reaching human survival implications:
- If they discover you, it is an old but hardly invalid
rule of thumb, "they" are your technological superiors. Human
history has shown us time and again the tragic results of a confrontation
between a technologically superior civilization and a technologically inferior
people. The "inferior" is usually subject to physical conquest.
- Often in the past, a technologically superior people
are also possessors of a more virile or aggressive culture. In a confrontation
between two peoples of significantly different cultural levels, those having
the inferior or less virile culture most often suffer a tragic loss of
identity and are usually absorbed by the other people.
- Some peoples who were technologically and/or culturally
inferior to other nations have survived- have maintained their identity-
have equalized the differences between them and their adversaries. The
Japanese people have given us an excellent example of the methods required
to achieve such a survival:
- It continues: (1) Full and honest acceptance of the nature
of the inferiorities separating you from the advantages of the other peoples,
- (2) Complete national solidarity in all positions taken
with the other culture,
- (3) Highly controlled and limited intercourse with the
other side doing only those actions advantageous to the foreigner, which
you are absolutely forced to do by circumstances,
- (4) A correct but friendly attitude toward the other
- (5) A national eagerness to learn everything possible
about the other culture- its technological and cultural strengths and weakness'.
This often involves sending selected groups and individuals to the other's
country to become one of his kind, or even to help him in his wars against
- (6) Adopting as many of the advantages of the opposing
people as you can, and doing it as fast as possible- while still protecting
your own identity by molding each new knowledge increment into your own
- NSA concludes with this statement: "It would seem
a little more of this survival attitude is called for in dealing with the
- Next, a look back just 50 years ago to the "Cargo
Cults" of World War 2, and our connection to them. Some have speculated
that our entire modern history and civilization is one giant Cargo Cult,
read this, and make up your own mind.
- From: What is a Cargo Cult? http://members.tripod.com/cargocult/info.html
- A Cargo Cult is an attempt to explain the unfathomable
wealth of western material goods, referred to as "cargo" in the
islands of Melanesia. Having no knowledge about factories or technology,
the people of these islands believed "cargo" is created by magic,
and originates from a mystical place called "America".
- During World War II, the presence of thousands of American
soldiers in the South Pacific deeply affected the native Melanesians. The
sight seemingly inexhaustible supplies and equipment was unfathomable.
Having little knowledge about technology, the natives of these islands
believed cargo was created by magic, and originated from a mystical place
- Cargo cults sprang up where the Americans had been stationed.
Followers believe that it is only a matter of time before they receive
their rightful share of western cargo. They worship an American G.I. named
Jon Frum (pidgin for John From America). The Red Cross seen on supply crates
during the war, is the symbol of the cult.
- Patiently, the islanders wait for the day when American
will return. Followers mimic the ways of the GI's. Their resolve does not
waver with the passing of time. One-day ships, planes and parachutes will
arrive. Until then, they wait and watch the skies.
- Interesting, "they wait and watch the skies"
sound familiar? So do we as Ufologists. We have our own "cargo cults"
today, and they will have to make many adjustments when and if we make
contact with an alien culture. If we can't adjust to our new reality, we
will perish. It's as simple as that.
- I have a theory of why we haven't been told the "truth",
Of course the easy answer is that we can't handle the truth. I think some
of us can, others wouldn't make the transition and others would require
- You might have noticed the increasing media ads lately.
Almost every brand name you can imagine has some sort of connection to
UFO's or Aliens. Look at the new TV shows, "Roswell" or the X-Files,
for example. We are being conditioned for the release of the truth. If
we hear it enough, and see it enough, it's not "scary" anymore.
- The movie "Contact" is another example of conditioning
on a mass scale. I know the X-Files TV show used actual UFO reports, (from
the Skywatch mailing list) in their production more than once. This helps
them blend reality and fiction in a way that the masses can consume.
- A whole other point is the religious aspect of ufology.
A recent poll taken in England states that - More young Britons believe
in the existence of aliens and ghosts than believe in God. A poll of 1,000
young people aged 15-24 showed that 70 percent had "some belief"
in ghosts and 61 percent in aliens. Only 39 percent had any belief in Christianity.
- What if the Pope does knows the real truth about UFO's?
Monsignor Corrado Balducci, a Vatican theologian "close to the pope",
who has been charged with studying reports of UFOs sent in from Vatican
embassies around the world. This quote comes from one of Father Balducci's
many recent appearances on Italian television. "We can no longer think...
is it true? Is it not true? Are they truths or are they lies--if we believe
or if we don't believe--no! There are already numerous considerations which
make the existence of these beings into a certainty we cannot doubt."
- Some researchers say the last secret of Fatima is that
were not alone in the universe. Others have said that the Pope wants the
truth out at the start of the millennium. The year 2000 would be a perfect
time for the release of the "truth" as it would be helped by
the "new era" feeling we surely will have in the 21st century.
- One has to wonder what the heads of the world's governments
and religions would do and think on that day when we are "discovered".
Would our civilization fall like the Aztecs or the Mayans? Or would we
be strong enough- psychology wise to handle the "Truth"?
- Our little planet is very small and it's far from the
beaten path, but we are all we have. Our job as Ufologists is to get the
word out to the public through the media that it's all going to be ok,
we have had visits from our alien friends for years. We should be the people
who lead the way into this new world.
- One day after our first encounter as a civilization I'm
sure someone will as me about the days before ET, and I would have to say.
"I knew it all the time, I'm a Ufologist!" let's make sure were
Columbus and not the natives when that day comes. Let's make a plan for
post-encounter times. It's not too far out an idea to be thinking about.
- THE HICKMAN REPORT Jim Hickman (firstname.lastname@example.org)