It's not that I absolutely won't buy that aliens have visited Earth, or that there are people who have been abducted. There are artifacts and legends from many ancient civilizations that seem to indicate guidance, bestowal of knowledge, and assistance (and/or interference) from greatly advanced beings who descended from the sky.
Some of the mysterious artifacts from the Sumerians, Aztecs and Mayans, the Egyptians and others date back as far as 10,000 BCE, so I would certainly never say it's impossible. Hey – I Loved the "X-Files", currently watch "V", and one of my favorite old movies is "Hangar 18", starring Darren McGavin, in which a really plausible theory was presented:
1) First, aliens checked us out (at a somewhat indeterminate time in the past), thought it was a fun place, and,
2) then, as an experiment, they mated with the species of animal closest to themselves, which were ape-like creatures (don't laugh; I'll bet if somebody ever figures out the science, it'll only be a matter of time ....)
3) After that, said experiment simmers for millions of years (talk about slow cooking!) and Voila ... Human Beings! It's a good movie, so for those who haven't seen it, I won't spoil it by revealing the end.
But here's my problem: if they're so advanced, and have been observed on Earth for literally thousands of years, what exactly do they want? What are they waiting for? I can't believe we're that entertaining. But if they want our natural resources, they'd better get a move on, before we use them all up. On the other hand, if they consider us the resource, and are in cahoots with the food industry to get us fattened up, I'd say the population of the US might be just about ready for harvest. Well, at least I am.
I mean, let's be honest: the only purely investigative, altruistic explorers I've ever heard of were the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Everybody else wants something that will, in one way or another, enhance their lives, whether it's for profit or survival. That would certainly apply to most human explorations. Even if the explorers themselves were simply curious, 99.99% of the time, they were funded by somebody who figured they'll make a lot of money in the end.
Am I right? So why would these guys be any different?
All this is debatable, of course, but my real point is: forget about looking for aliens in outer space. We've been surrounded by alien life forms since we crawled out of the mud – all the rest of the animals and all the plants. We've never been able to communicate with them through language, so we assume they are less intelligent, or, in the case of plants, not even sentient.
I think that's presumptuous. No one knows how many life forms exist on this planet, but we have a pretty good idea (in really round numbers) of how long most things have been around – bacteria and algae appeared about 2 billion years ago, land plants were developing 430 million years ago, reptiles approximately 300 million, and land mammals around 75 million years ago. Not to mention, everything works together; depends on everything else. So what gives us the idea all these life forms don't have ways of communicating? Just because we don't have the capacity to understand their processes doesn't mean that nothing's happening.
Modern man has only been around for about 300,000 years. New kids on the block. And, like children, we believe that everything revolves around us. It's an understandable position – for children. But for grownups, it seems to me to be an absurd, egocentric concept that is just about ready for retirement. At least, if we plan on being able to live on this planet in comfort much longer.
In The Outermost House, Henry Beston said, "In a world older and more complete than ours [animals] move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear."
I believe this applies to plants as well.
Whether aliens are currently abducting humans (and/or cows), upon which to perform experiments, or are monitoring our behavior, I don't see that it makes any difference to how we as humans should behave. At the moment, we spend the vast percentage of our time, money and resources beating up on each other – or at least that's what the guys running things seem to be doing. The rest of us are saying either, "Ain't it awful", like me, or "I just want to get on with my life." Well, come to think of it, that's me too.
Anyway, this is my rationale for being a self-proclaimed "Treetalker". I mean, why not? They've been around a long time, and must see and know a whole lot more than we.
So, watch this space. I'll be posting little bits and pieces from a selected tree maybe once a week. If anybody has a [serious] question for them, let me know.