X-Files Creator wants you to relax on conspiracy theories
A report on unidentified flying objects from a special Pentagon task force landed on earth Friday with a glaring lack of conclusions. Regarding those strange videos that you saw taken by marine pilots, the committee looked at over 140 such cases and could only find an explanation for one of them. As for the others, investigators found no evidence that the recordings documented secret military technology from Russia or China, or, perhaps more fantastically, visitors from elsewhere in the galaxy. But the report doesn’t say so was not all that either.
Beaming with equal measures of common sense and wet blanket, there was someone who knows a thing or two about the obsession with alien encounters: X-Files Creator Chris Carter. His editorial in the New York Times, which released on the same day the report was leaked, begins with a sort of olive branch for people wanting to find evidence of visitors from a distant star.
He put the poster “I want to believe” in David duchovny, he wrote, noting that “the universe is just too big for us to be alone.” Since the show debuted in 1993, he’s been, as he puts it, a magnet for people (not all of them crazy!) Professing their faith in alien life. Yet despite being aware of more documents than most of us and having an innate distrust of Watergate-era government, he urges restraint by examining the new too deeply. report looking for hidden clues.
âWe live in a time of uncertainty, where the truth may be unknowable,â he writes, noting that this has led to a proliferation of conspiracy theories. It signals the alarm to those who think the recent coronavirus pandemic is just a blueprint and other theories as if we all live in a distorted reality created by the Large Hadron Collider. (Memo to Chris: rent A glitch in the matrix, if you really want to get weird.)
Obviously there’s a bit of a mea culpa vibe going on here. Carter quotes slogans from his own show – âThe Truth Is Out There,â âTrust No One,â âDeny Everythingâ – but goes on to say, basically, that the 1990s were different. Back then, before QAnon, “we had a relatively shared reality.”
âSlogans,â he continues, âare now a reality.
To prove that he still has some of the fire in him, Carter asked a few conspiratorial questions, like why this report was essentially a secret for 10 years and why a project with such sweeping implications only received a budget of , as only a television producer would say: “three episodes of the Netflix series Strange things. “
Nonetheless, the lack of concrete evidence to date is not something that should be ignored, Carter says. Perhaps the current dysfunction of our partisan-plagued collective conversation is more important, he argues. âA planet that cannot come together on climate change or a global pandemic might not pay much attention even if an alien wreck or corpse is discovered,â he wrote. “Cultural wars alone could eclipse it, so enraged are we under their grip.”
While our fiction is full of examples of an alien encounter uniting the planet, Carter is even skeptical about it. Yet he insists he still wants to believe.
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