High Strangeness: Chewed Out! -- Part Two

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chewed Out! -- Part Two

Ok, it happened again. I got chewed out a second time for being "negative" about my UFO investigating career. This was after responding to the first scolding with an explanation of where my negativity was coming from...

Here's what I wrote to the scolder the first time:
"Criticism taken, but if you read more than just the one post you'd see that there's much more to my blog. From time to time I need to vent my frustrations with UFO people, and when I do I usually take on an exaggerated tone... But the majority of the UFO people I run across are pretty cool and I treat them with respect. I hope you keep reading"
Short, sweet and sincere, right? But not good enough for the scolder, who wrote this the next day:
"I did read more than one post, but that doesn't change the fact that you speak rudely about your contact with witnesses. People who have seen things already have to contend with the fact that a lot of people think they are crazy or were hallucinating or saw a bird or what ever. For someone like me, who had an experience so bizarre that I have never found any evidence of another sighting like it, & who has been searching for answers, it is disheartening to discover that the WI mufon investigator speaks disparagingly about witnesses.
"Whether you meant it light heartedly or not, it gives someone like me pause in wanting to share with you. I will continue my search for answers as I want to believe that my husband & I cannot be the only people who have experienced what we have. Witnesses need to know that there is a safe place to go to seek answers as we are sick of the name calling & disbelief that we receive."
Is this when the witness experienced? Sadly, this writer may never know.
So, okay, bad on me. I don't want my writing to discourage anyone from reporting UFO a sighting. Especially a sighting that is apparently so bizarre that the witness has never found evidence of another sighting anything like it. I can only assume from this letter that the witness and her husband have shared their story before and were met with disbelief and mockery, and it's unfortunate that they came across my blog when they did. Then again, as I think I have made clear many, many times, I would never suggest that anyone come to this blog looking for "answers."

I would love to hear about the witness' experience, but I'm pretty sure that won't happen now. I do hope, however, that they will report their experience to someone, somewhere, sometime.

As for me, I don't have a single case lined up right now, which is just how the UFOs like it.

6 comments:

Terry the Censor said...

I concede that your complaints about witnesses might seem unprofessional. But I also much appreciate hearing the frustrations of a UFO investigator. Too often we only hear the UFO partisan talking points -- that witnesses are unjustly accused of being unreliable, that they risk ridicule, and that they won't come forward because of all that. To me, these are partisan excuses meant to distract us from the total lack of corroborating evidence in these reports.

We don't learn enough about the unvarnished truth of UFO reports. You're giving us a rare look. I hope you can find a balance between professional integrity and presenting the raw facts.

> People who have seen things already have to contend with the fact that a lot of people think they are crazy or were hallucinating or saw a bird or what ever.

See, I can't take these type of complaints too seriously: witnesses, make a report, stop whining that you're a victim. If you want to make UFOs about YOU, then don't be surprised if we start to think UFOs are merely a psychosocial problem.

Mark OC said...

I appreciate the support!

Anonymous said...

Ok, One last post from me . First of all. my advice to Mark was just that, advice. I did not mean it as "scolding", or "chewing out". In several blog posts, he mentions a lack of cases being reported to him. I was truly trying to point out one of the reasons he may not be getting reports. I have spent a lot of time looking for a reliable local source to report my encounter.
I did not come here looking to find out what it was I saw. I am trying to find out if anyone else has seen it, & since it happened in WI, I figured that talking to a WI investigator is the way to go.
I do not think that ufos are " about me". I think they are a subject that is interesting & compelling.. I have no fear about telling my story. People may choose to believe me or not. I have no "evidence" of my encounter, but that does not mean that it did not happen. Also, I have never portrayed myself as a victim! The truth is, weird shit happens to me, it has been that way all of my life. If I spent my time trying to portray myself as a victim of every strange thing in my life, I would have no time for a life at all!
The only thing I have tried to point out here is that it is not nice or helpful to Mark's cause to call anyone a loser or any other derogatory label. There is truth in that statement whether either of you choose to see it or not.

Department 47 said...
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Department 47 said...

Since, by your own admission, you are predisposed to think that weird things happen to you, you are far more likely to misconstrue normal incidents as abnormal. I think, if a disinterested third-party reviewed your weird incidents, they would not find them particularly compelling. If you insist on thinking the universe has singled you out for some unique purpose, fine. But please don't get mad at Mark if, occasionally, he has to stifle a yawn.

Terry the Censor said...

@anon

> whether either of you choose to see it or not

Please note my comments about investigator professionalism. It is a legitimate concern.

> I have no "evidence" of my encounter, but that does not mean that it did not happen.

Please understand that is a useless statement. A case is only as strong as its evidence. Eyewitness testimony alone is not compelling. It must lead to corroborating evidence.

You put "evidence" in quotes, quite unnecessarily, as if to indicate it was not a valid concept.

> I have never portrayed myself as a victim!

And yet you wrote this:

> Witnesses need to know that there is a safe place to go to seek answers

Victims need a safe place, yes.