In my research, I recently ran across an intriguing book by Keith Thompson, Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination. It was published in 1993 and received some pretty impressive reviews. Here are just a few:
“Magnificent…no matter what your beliefs, [it] is the most fascinating book written on the subject.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“As original and provocative a book as you’re likely to run into this year…Keith Thompson has issued a bold new challenge to our imagination, and our perception.” – Esquire
“An important work.” – John E. Mack, M.D., Pulitzer Prize winner
“An intelligent, engrossing and often wryly funny analysis.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
I ordered a used copy from Amazon for $3.99. It arrived two days later. I was impressed with the condition (Good), and upon inspection found a few dogeared pages with some penciled stars, exclamation marks, and underlining. It’s interesting to see what a total stranger found important over two decades ago.
From a quick scan, I learned that the author approached the subject matter with an intellectual energy, smart wit, and an open-ended perspective, while avoiding the dogmatism of true believers and debunkers alike. According to the back cover, “Angels and Aliens invites the reader to enter a fascinating world with profound implications for our understanding of the human spirit.”
Carl Jung first spoke of the UFO phenomenon as “a modern myth in the making.” Later, Joseph Campbell insisted that the first function of myths is to open the “mind and heart to the utter wonders of all being.” Though I have trusted-friends who have seen UFOs, I personally don’t have a definitive opinion. However, I welcome the opening of mind and heart “to the wonders of all being” no matter how it comes.
As I read this book, I’ll keep you posted of what I learn…