> Now. Same thing happens. These people often
> suffer divorce, financial problems. Outcast. Why?
Because now there is widespread superstition.
It's not caused by language directly but rather indirectly. Around the campfire 5000 years ago each individual knew viscerally that his total knowledge was puny and the means by which he had to gain it was severely limited by nature. He knew he was ignorant and each time anyone spoke they expressed this ignorance. This was part of the means by which they communicated at all. The communication was virtually perfect though and everybody understood the same story if he told of such a meeting. They knew they didn't know the nature of these "visitors" but they also could interpret the ramifications.
When the language changed no one knew quite what was going on any longer but got numerous versions. Even as the language changed to paper over the initial confusion people often went away with strange ideas and misunderstandings. Human beliefs fractured in millions of different directions and there was no longer an anchor in science or language. People fretted that the ancient science would be lost nearly in its entirety with only its technology preserved. People were removed from each other not only by the lack of shared referents and science but the confusion itself. They reached out for anything and they found various belief systems from shamanism to science. One might argue science isn't a belief system and they'd be correct except for the way it's actually practiced by the vast majority of parishioners.
None of the belief systems have room for anything that doesn't hold man or gods at the very pinnacle of perfection. People don't have room for aliens.
Of course there are the practical problems with the low quality of the bulk of the evidence in the past or the present. Don't take me wrong here; the quality of the evidence for aliens in the past is probably better than the evidence for the Egyptological paradigm and billions of people believe the paradigm but not in aliens. But each person incorporates this paradigm right into his belief system. It's ironic some Muslims are offended by the paganism they believe the pyramids represent but don't realize the paganism itself is just part of a modern superstition. There's no evidence beyond pot shards and bone divination that paganism existed. We all have bought into the conceppts of the era to a greater or lesser extent. The evidence of the past is considered irrelevant because there are so many more important aspects to understanding the past. With confused language the effect is we must make the past accepable for the present and aliens would overturn most belief systems including the biggest one of all; we already know everything because our pastor told us or we read Scientific American. This leaves those who believe we might not be the pinnacle of creation twisting in the wind.
Frankly my opinion is anyone who's never seen a UFO is either very unobservant or has spent very little time looking at the sky and stars. By the same token I too tend to be slightly taken aback by reports today about abductions and the like since so little evidence exists. Of course, this problem doesn't exist with ancient "sightings" because we wouldn't expect widespread and highly reliable evidence to survive and the past is such a long time who's to say what happened at each turn.
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