Getting Past the Worldview of Scientific Materialism: Could Crop Circles Be the Key
With problems being global now, it's time for another new take on who we are and what we're doing here. It's imperative to get past the worldview of scientific materialism, which supports an "us or them" mentality in which whoever has the most toys wins and we resort to war to resolve conflicts. In relating to other intelligent life we would be one humanity, and the lid would be off the smallness in which we gun for one another.
If we were to discover extra-terrestrial life, it would show that we are not intellectually unique in the galaxy. Man has a tendency to think he's very special. We consider ourselves morally, culturally, and intellectually unique. But if we were to find a signal from another star system, another thinking being, we would know that none of that is true. A connection with intelligence would be the first bridging across four billion years of independent life in evolution. It would be the end of Earth's cultural isolation in a galaxy and a universe surely containing millions of other civilizations. It would be without doubt the greatest discovery in the history of humankind . --Paul Horowitz, Project Director, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
It is reasonable to think that we can arrive at this awareness via the crop circle phenomenon. Scientific studies written up in peer reviewed science journals tell us that something beyond what's in our reality grid is delivering the circles to us. While what makes the glyphs remains a mystery, just knowing something is watching us and signaling us is enough. It's that they are, not who they are that's important.
A great power has arisen, directing thoughts and perception in a certain direction towards a more complete and satisfactory view of reality than the modern conventions of materialism have previously allowed. Gently, subtly, with no disturbance or panic, we are being guided across a watershed, from one worldview to another. And this is in no way arbitrary, but a purposeful process, in accordance with the interests of eternal nature and the necessities of the present. We now can see something of what the ancients meant when they spoke of revelation. --John Michell, The Traveler's Guide to Sacred England
Finding out we aren't alone would be a huge deal. And, if that were established, there could be more. If we are being visited, the technology possessed by "the other" would be more advanced than ours, and what they would be capable of perhaps could help us solve the environmental problems that threaten our very survival.
Why would our visitors be making crop circles instead of delivering things that would be helpful to us? If sending circles is their hello, they could be awaiting an aha from us, where we get it that they exist. Then we would invite them in.
Albert Einstein once remarked that for the human there is no more powerful feeling than that of "the mysterious." In fact, he was convinced this was the cradle for all works of science, art, and religion. One might ask: "What is the opposite of a feeling for the mysterious?" It would be the sense that one is in possession of a system that explains all the phenomena in the universe. For such a person, the universe becomes something we don't need to pay attention to. No real surprises are possible, but only the working out of a logical mechanism through time. When a feeling for the mysterious is lost, one becomes vulnerable to the various fundamentalisms plaguing our planet, each possessing passionate certainty that it has all the answers while thinking that every other set of beliefs is just superstition.