Thursday, August 8, 2013

On the edge, yet still . . .

     It's 2013. In the context of UFOs, we're talking aliens, ET, flying saucers, technology beyond our most wild of imaginations, and, with all that, the oft times assumption that "they" -- the aliens -- are also far more spirituality advanced than us, given their extraordinary technology. (That is an opinion I do not share; it's not a given that creatures with advanced technology would also be advanced spiritually.)
     So in this context of on the edge, fringe thought, I ask two questions: one, why do alien UFO shows still use the term B.C. instead of B.C.E., and, two, why do the writers of these shows still use the term "mankind" instead of "humankind?"

1 comment:

Terry the Censor said...

It's painfully obvious that most UFO buffs are not acquainted with scholarly conventions. I first saw BCE/CE while reading textual criticism of the Bible 25 years ago. I rarely see it used in popular literature or the press, even now.

Can't explain "mankind" -- that has been avoided by the mainstream for decades.

Do these shows use the somewhat pejorative term "alien" or the more neutral-sounding "extraterrestrial"? Maybe someone needs to coin an empowering label for the visitors amongst us, something like "Zeta-American." I imagine this would be welcomed by hybrids especially.