“For our civilization, the other, if it exists, can only come from the stars. it must be a carbon-based life form with a political and social and intellectual aspiration similar to ourselves. Science is not yet ready to entertain the idea that all points in our universe may be cotangent; that every form of intelligence may have the potential to communicate with every other in the here and now.” -Terence McKenna
Terence McKenna referred to UFO’s as The Inside-Outsiders to convey his notion that an Alien invasion, if were one to actually occur on our planet, would most likely emerge from the depths of our subconscious mind as those forces with which we have not yet reconciled. McKenna described it as a moment of boundary dissolution in which our sharply drawn distinctions between “the self” and “the other” would be temporarily suspended.
In the opening scene of the movie, Pacific Rim, the lead character regretfully muses, “we always thought alien life would come from the stars, but it came from deep beneath the sea; a portal between dimensions in the Pacific Ocean.”
Whether we’re awaiting salvation or fearing damnation, our tendency seems to be one of looking outward and upward.
Yet, as the poets, prophets, and philosophers of the past have often warned us, the most powerful heroes, monsters, and aliens are the ones lying dormant in our own psyche.
Keep your head up, but be mindful of what dwells below.