If there really are Martians, they’ve dealt with their own alien sightings. Our little Curiosity rover certainly qualifies, although the Martians surely know he means no harm. They’re keeping pretty quiet about the whole affair, but that could change. World UFO Day, observed annually on July 2, is the perfect earthly observance for an announcement from our planetary neighbors.
The Venusians might join in along with the gang from Pluto. Other galaxies would certainly be welcomed, and a simple vote could change the name to Intergalactic UFO Day. Until then, we must be satisfied with a date dedicated to things that fly through our own blue heavens.
This is a serious day to those who demand truth on earth about things that fell from the skies over New Mexico in 1947. They remain convinced that the government is hiding an alien craft that crashed near Roswell. The idea of little green corpses kept frozen in a secret lab outside of town has an odd effect on people.
We believe it, we don’t believe it, or we’re firmly planted on the fence. Natives of Roswell have mixed opinions, but there’s no disagreement it’s all been very good for the local economy. Wherever the truth may fly isn’t the point. It’s the wonder of it all that keeps us so fascinated.
We’re social creatures; the concept of other worlds populated with different beings is appealing. We’re afraid of the unknown; the concept of faraway planets filled with creatures dedicated to our destruction is scary.
From E.T. to War of the Worlds, we project the best and worst of ourselves into our reactions to alien sightings. Surely we’re not alone in the universe; that would seem so sad and such a waste of intergalactic space.
On World UFO Day, we ponder questions that may never be answered. Still, hope and fear go hand in hand as we turn our gazes upward. We embrace the shimmering starlight, even as we keep a watchful eye on the skies.