Al, Me, our Close Encounters of the Second Kind, and Dr C.G.Jung! Part 2
Just a short prologue!
We have had some guests in the last few days, and I was almost off the web. And honestly, I am baffled about where I was or have been and what I wanted to do!! Anyhow, let’s try what I promise to do. 😜😂
This topic is not young, even though older than our history. But it’s been tabu mainly in the whole world. Of course, it is no wonder. Controlling the people is all through religion, and this issue doesn’t fit any religion.
Al and I have watched dearly every mysterious movie and TV series those days. I still do it and remember one of the episodes very well;. However, I am not sure it ran in which season, maybe it was one of the Twilight Zone; anyway, in this one, the story was about a spaceship which, in its travelling through space, found a meteorite on which some species lived, and it’s found out that it was going to explode. The peoples on the ship were advanced, but the inhabitants of the meteorite were primitive. Therefore, they never believed it after hearing it; they said it was nonsense: this “planet where we live” is the whole world, and nothing else exists.
I have kept this episode in my mind because I have compared it with us humans on our planet Earth. I think it is indeed a topic which has a lot to do with our psyche. We are made by nature, but there is also something else in our brains.
Here is a letter that Dr Jung wrote after asking for his opinion on this topic and his book.
Mr Harrison of the New Republic requested Jung to submit an article on UFOs in anticipation of this book. The letter reads:
Dear Mr Harrison,
“The problem of the Ufos is, as you rightly say, a very fascinating one, but it is as puzzling as it is fascinating; since, despite all observations I know of, there is no certainty about their very nature. On the other side, an overwhelming material points to their legendary or mythological aspect. As a matter of fact, the psychological aspect is so impressive that one must almost regret that the Ufos seem real after all. I have followed up on the literature as much as possible, and it looks to me as if something were seen and even confirmed by radar, but nobody knows exactly what is seen. In consideration of the psychological aspect of the phenomenon, I have written a booklet about it, which is soon to appear. It is also in the process of being translated into English. Unfortunately being occupied with other tasks I am unable to meet your proposition. Being somewhat old, I have to economize my energies.
Very sincerely yours.
As indicated in the letter, although he was primarily interested in psychology, Jung had also done extensive research into whether or not the mythology was based on a physical phenomenon. In 1955 he submitted an article to a British UFO magazine called the Flying Saucer Review, in which he stated:
In the course of years, I have gathered together a considerable mass of observations, including reports by two eyewitnesses known to me personally (I have never seen anything!). I have also read about the question. However, I can only say that these things are not mere rumours: something has been seen.
Now let’s go back to my memory about our case; We used to sit in the sitting room separated from the outer world, listening to the radio “Rahe Shab” (the way into the night) all through the night and smoking our drugs. On one of these nights, a special event happened that became worldwide famous!
It was a lovely warm summer night, and we were smoking and listening to our favourite program in which also people could call and say something from their thought and talk to the moderator. Suddenly the moderator said; sorry! There is a woman on the phone crying with fear. She explains that it’s a giant flying subject above her house shining in different colours. She is afraid and calls for help!! Al and I, without hesitation, rushed to the roof. There was nothing to see! We’d waited and looked around into the sky. Al said; come on! Let’s get downstairs. But I was not satisfied and told him that I’d stay a little. Al said; Okay, but you must warn me if you see something. I suggested I’d throw some pebbles through the light shaft if I mentioned something.
We did so, he got back down, and I kept watching the sky, watching and watching excitedly. At first, nothing happened, but suddenly, when I was somehow tiredly wandering my eyes through the sky, I noticed a small round light moving from west to the east on the horizon from far away. It’s an aeroplane, I thought at first. It flew and flew, there was a long tower on its way, and the subject naturally vanished behind. And after a while, it appeared on the other side. I thought, you see! It’s an aeroplane! But it was crazy! After she flew a bit, she stopped standing still and flew backwards! That must be a helicopter, I’d thought. But, when it vanished behind the same tower again, it didn’t appear on the other side! There I immediately threw some pebbles through the shaft. I think that Al was waiting impatiently because he rushed up at once! In between, the flying object came back, from behind the tower towards the east to the same direction which it disappeared, and began to play like a flash; once it was on the left side of the tower and once it was on the right side of it, like snapping your fingers, right, left, right, left. When Al came through the roof door, I’d automatically point to the horizon I was watching it.
God is only my eyewitness; there was an explosion of lights towards us!! I have a creepy feeling even now as I’m writing these! It was like a firework, exploded soundlessly in many small lights sparkling in the sky. Al just said; wow!! And we’d kept looking in this direction; there, we’d noticed a single light moving northwards toward us. It was moving slowly and getting bigger and bigger. Al and I stoned, watching it as it came nearer and nearer; suddenly, Al said, as he ran to the door; come on, Ala, we must hide from its ray! I could understand what he’d meant. It referred to the Spielberg film (The Close Encounter of The Third Kind) because the radiation has left marks on the skin in that movie. However, I remained there, even when it flew nearer and nearer; I began to shout and wave my arms towards it; halo, hear, come!! It flew actually nearer, almost directly above us, and then stopped! It had a round shape and was in colour changing between red and orange. Al, standing at the door looking at this, I, jumping and shouting at it; please just come nearer! But, it stood still. I’d never know how long it lasted; in my memory, I felt it just a minute, then it flew diagonally; straight towards the south with an incredible speed and Wushhh…it vanished! We waited for a while, staring toward the horizon patiently and shocked. After a while, Al said that we’d get back downstairs; I said; he could do that and prepare the things; I’d come along later; he agreed and went downstairs. I stood awhile until I’d got tired too. There was nothing more to see. And as it was almost dawn, I went downstairs too.
And yet, all of a sudden, after so many years, the US congress had found an interest in this topic! We can only wait and look at what will happen next. And I try to push the share button to see what happens next! PS: I will write a third part about the aftereffects of this event. Hoopla hoopla!