High Strangeness: Mission Statement

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mission Statement

It's funny how this is unfolding... A friend who found out about my blog wrote to me recently offering to discuss certain personal encounters with UFOs. I was thrilled to get the letter: this is someone I admire and respect a great deal, and I am looking forward to having this discussion very soon.

In my reply to my friend, I felt the need to elaborate on my approach to the UFO phenomenon before having our conversation. I think that I need to make this my mission statement. Do blogs need to have mission statements? I'm not sure, but I think it's a good idea in this case. Here's what I wrote back to my friend:

"I can't tell you how excited I am to get this letter! I really am serious about this. It has been a lifelong interest of mine, and I think this project could become an amazing experience for me. Your letter confirms for me that the energy I am sending out into the universe is being seriously responded to...

"I have to tell you that I have already been attacked by an old friend over my blog, because he thought I was setting out to ridicule and belittle UFO contactees and abductees. He was dead wrong, but I can understand why my approach may have bothered him. I approach everything with a sense of humor, and if I see humor in the situations and people that I come across, my portrayal will be humorous (or at least I will attempt to make it so...). I think a humorous approach works on a number of levels: it makes the phenomenon more accessible and more human, it brings everyone to a common plane of experience and understanding, and frankly, I think it can ultimately make the UFO encounter phenomenon more credible to people who would otherwise dismiss it.

"My friend said I was taking the 'easy approach,' but I think the easy approach would be to be serious, either by treating the phenomenon with unquestioning solemnity or condescending dismissal. Frankly, I think the 'serious' approach to reporting on UFO phenomenon has done the whole field a disservice, and has done much to push away people who might otherwise find something to relate to in the UFO phenomenon. It is such a fluid phenomenon, why do people insist on applying rigorous standards of analysis to it?? In part, my quest to become a UFO Field Investigator is fueled by a desire to make the study and analysis of the phenomenon as random and unpredictable as the phenomenon itself. I'd like to think that my approach might open some doors and open some minds."

Sincerely,
Mark

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