If Extraterrestrials don’t exist, why are there laws against them?

If you know me well at all, then you know I believe it is entirely possible that aliens exist…and I’ll explain why in a second.

Knowing this about me, my friend Josh (@heyjosh on twitter) sent me this random fact he stumbled on this morning:

If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16 1969, make it illegal for U.S.citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?

Good question.

I did a small bit of digging and found this Snopes.com posting about this law, commonly referred to as “The ET Exposure Law”. According to Snopes,

The purpose of Title 14, Section 1211 of the CFR was not to “make it illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles”; the law allowed the government to prevent the possibility of biological contamination from pathogens carried to Earth by men and objects returning from space by enforcing a quarantine on any people, plant or animal life, or other material that had “touched directly or come within the atmospheric envelope of any other celestial body.”

Sure, the government could be using Snopes to help cover up the true meaning of this law…or it could just genuinely be a case of misinterpretation by alien enthusiasts.

As for me, I choose to believe in the likelihood that life exists beyond the bounds of our own celestial orb simply because it seems small minded and arrogant not to. In the great expanse of the cosmos, can you truly believe that we’re the ONLY life there is?

Maybe you do, which is cool. I just choose to reject your reality and replace it with my own.

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I just killed you. Am I a “bad”?


You’re dead.

Did I do something wrong?

I seriously doubt that there is a single person on the face of the planet who’s human ego would say that murder isn’t “wrong”.

That, of course, once again begs the question, “what does ‘wrong’ mean?”

The very idea that “right” and “wrong” intrinsically exist is called dualism, which I’ve written about before–so I won’t revisit it here.

The Problem:

I just killed you, remember? Your ego says that is bad, wrong, immoral, heinous, whatever (and so does mine, by the way). So what about if I go out and do the same to a cow?

Ohhhh, that’s “fine”, it’s for food…and a being not of my same species. What about when wolves attack and kill members of other packs?

“Hey, it’s the circle of life and all about survival of the fittest in nature”, you might say.

Ok, what if I kill a wolf?

Sarah Palin may say that’s fine (and offer me the bounty of $150 for a severed foreleg), but would you?

What if it were a domesticated dog?

All of the sudden it’s animal cruelty.

The Crux:

See how we make erroneous judgments?

Do you feel that it’s a possibility that there is no right and wrong? What if everything just plain IS. Nothing is inherently good or bad. Hard to imagine isn’t it?

What if everyone and everything are just different manifestations of what I’ve recently come to call “All”?

None are “bad” or “good” as those concepts do not exist in All.

What does that mean for the murderer, or the rapist, or the likes of Hitler?

Perfect representations of All.

Maybe they were mixed up in their human ego, but does that change who and what THEY are?

Ooo, that feels weird to consider doesn’t it? It does to me….to my ego.

Ironically, one must view themselves as separate–or, being completely disconnected from–another person or thing in order to pass a judgment on it/them.

The greatest lie of all man kind, in my current opinion, is the very concept of separation.

The Rat Race of Change

pandora's box?Change is not the goal. It cannot be.

Recently some friends and I have been discussing the possibilities of life…true life, real life.

Would you say that “real” or “true” life is different than the life you’re living now?

Do you see separation between the “physical” and the “spiritual” worlds/life?

Why do humans so persistently seek change?

Is it because of our “ego”–or that element of our physical nature that experiences, conceptualizes, and continually seeks “better” things–that we pursue change so relentlessly?

Why might it be impossible for change to be accomplished once it has become the goal in itself? Or do you think it can be?

Water Ice Found on Mars…and You Thought I Was Crazy

Get ready for the alien invasion! As I twittered the breaking news the other day, there is without a doubt water ice on Mars.

Those who know me well know that I believe in alien civilizations, dragons, and other (what some may consider) whimsical myths.

For the record, I believe in alien civilizations largely because to me it seems incredibly arrogant to assume that we are the only physical expressions of Life in the great big universe with millions of stars and hundreds of thousands of galaxies.

I sent the news to my friend Rick (a non believer in aliens ;-) ) via StumbleUpon when I first saw it. The caption I gave it was something like, “water=life. i told you aliens existed…even in our own galactic neighborhood.”

To that he replied something like, “dude, it’s just water.”

Of course he’s just busting my chops, but it got me thinking about the long time held understanding that water=life. But does it?

True, physical human life requires water to sustain itself. Does alien life require it?

How do you define life? Physical breath in your body? What if Life is something more than the container of flesh and bone simply having physical function?

Sure, many of us would say, “oh yes, it definitely does…there’s life after death isn’t there?”

Look at that phrase, life after death. Most people mean that they enter into a new life after they (or their bodies) die. But what if your life truly CONTINUES long after (and existed long before) the animation of your humanity?


Sure, for our human bodies it does, but to me water is simply an expression of Life, of Truth, as are all things in physical existence.

…but aliens still exist, and i’m sorry you’re so closed-minded to believe it. Grow up.

Take Your “Should” and Shove It

What are some things we “should” do in life?

Popular belief is that you, yeah you, SHOULD:

  • take care of the homeless
  • give $ and time to organizations that help orphans, disaster relief efforts, etc
  • intervene in the genocide in Darfur
  • make poverty history
  • have a beer with your hurting neighbor
  • etc, etc, etc…

My question is, “what if you SHOULDN’T do any of those things?”

In fact, I would say that to me it is not a question at all, I SHOULDN’T do any of those things.

But I COULD do one or more of them.

Do you care about one of the issues listed above? How about one not on the list? Do you view others as bad, wrong, heartless, or jaded if they aren’t moved to the same cause that you are?

What should motivate us to “care about something” anyway? any takers?

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What is Peace?

What does peace mean to you?

Is it a temporal feeling or sensation experienced on a situational basis?

Is it a state of being?

Is it a part of our very being?

Is it a political ideal?

Is it something else entirely?

This is just a conversation that’s been being shared between some friends and I recently. I’d love to hear your opinion.
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The Secret Mask of Our Belief

The most difficult mask to deal with is the one you don’t even know you’re wearing.

The fact of the matter is that we all wear masks of sorts. We all have baggage we carry around, biases we presuppose, and judgements that we make.

Gerry Spence once said,

I’d rather have a mind opened by wonder than closed by belief.

It amazes me sometimes that many times I find that a person (many times, myself) who says they’re “open” are actually quite dogmatic, and the person who seems most wrought with rigid beliefs is actually trying to shed them.

So who are you?
a) the person who acknowledges their mask, winding up free of it

b) the person who denies their mask, winding up consumed by it

Oh, and happy mother’s day, by the way.

When You Realize You Don’t Exist

Last night I was in a discussion with some friends, and we got to talking about reality.

We were talking about how no one and nothing is separate, but are all part of the whole…but not even separate parts, mind you. Why then are we confined in our separateness?

Why do I have a different physical makeup than you? My physical makeup isn’t really me is it? Can you dissect my body and find “me”? Of course not.

What happens to a person when they cease to rely on the sensory world as reality? Can someone reach this point on their journey? If we are spirit/source/energy/etc, why are we even confined in a body to begin with?

Just some questions I’m pondering today…and i’m sure i will be for a long time coming.


Is there such a thing as destiny? Are we in bondage to a master plan where “all the right choices” must be made or the fruits of them are lost forever?

My good friend Hilary asked me to muse on this topic back in a post about the conflict between mind and heart, back in January.

My answer (or at least my thought at the moment) is, “No, there is no such thing”.

What if, instead of trying to figure out “why am I here, what’s my purpose, etc”, we were fully present at all times.? What if we didn’t waste time chasing a feeling of euphoria brought by “doing the right thing”?

What if life were about BEING who we are, the divine life and essence of God, all the time?

Doesn’t that sound much more freeing, fruitful, enjoyable, and purposeful than to spend our lives wondering how to be free, how to bear fruit, how to enjoy life, and what our purpose is?

I think it is often difficult for many of us to disconnect from the religious dogma of “do, do, do” that has been instilled in us from our youth. What’s more, is that “doing” may be a result of “being”, but I do not think it’s most beneficial for the “doing” to be the focus…lest the cycle begin to repeat.

So if there is no destiny, if there are no pivotal choices one must make for our lives to be “on track”, what does life look like?

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The Duality of Dualism

Good And Evil Homer
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In several conversations recently, the concept of dualism has arisen–specifically in the context of the “epic struggle” between “GOOD” and “EVIL”.

I had forgotten that I wrote a post about this, Can We Know Good Without Evil?, early in 2007. I was refreshed to go back and peruse the comment thread with a reader named Brent. He had some great insights.

Well here we are, over a year later, and the discussion of that concept (or problem?) has arisen once more.

My friend Jim Palmer, author of Divine Nobodies and Wide Open Spaces, posted about this at his blog just the other day.

I was considering making this next thought into a separate post, and maybe I still will, but here it is nonetheless…

I’ve recently become acquainted with Jim’s neighbor Mike, who resonates primarily with the teachings of Buddhism. Mike was mentioning the other day that we often find ourselves at a roadblock when we get consumed with “maintaining a state”.

He meant that religion tends to foster the dependency on some blissful state, “right” living (again, what is right without wrong?), etc, etc. Instead, what if the goal were to “know God”, and let the circumstances be as they are.

If the result of this “knowing” is a change of lifestyle, decisions, etc, then great, but that would be not the end goal. Neither would it be a problem if one slipped/backslid/messed up/whatever if the focus were not the derailment of “maintaining a state of ______”.

Some how in my mind these two thoughts were related, but I’ve forgotten how.

What do you think?