In a recent Washington Post review of a couple of UFO books that have just come out, there’s a sentence that I think nicely summarizes Carl Jung’s thesis on UFOs:
[P]sychologist Carl Jung proposed that UFOs symbolized a wish that the gods, having departed from this violent world, were returning.
In other words, alien longing is eschatological longing. I’d buy that. And when I went to a UFO conference last year, I snapped this image of an alien statue on sale in the foray that was obviously referencing the Virgin Mary:
And aliens always have big eyes, don’t they?
Why is that?
Everybody seems to be looking for Dante’s Beatrice in some form, however weird. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some big-eyed beatific vision arriving from somewhere—anywhere—to simplify our adult existences and take us out of the messes that we find ourselves in?
But now we’re talking about Tea Partier politics, aren’t we?
See and believe?