As much as we know it only illustrates how little we actually do know.
What do we know … of the world and the universe about us? Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have.
The best quote of Lovecraft however comes from the eponymous "Call of Cthulhu":
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
Lovecraft epitomized the 20th century for me because of his vision of what some might call the real behind the "real".
He is representative of the "creative mind" and its ability to tap into another realm of knowledge and experience.
I'm going to tell you a story. Some of this story is true, maybe all of it, maybe only a little of it. I'll leave it to you to decide.
In the ancient past there were gods on the Earth. These gods gave humanity the arts and sciences. Metallurgy, astronomy, math, architecture, agriculture and civilization. These gods were said to have come from elsewhere, sometimes down from the sky, sometimes not. Since the earliest times man has recorded the adventures of gods and their interaction with man. All of the technology that has been "given" to humanity by these gods had a direct relationship to something immediately useful to humanity. How to grow food crops is a good example of this and also smelting and the making of weapons of war.
Over the course of time the knowledge of the ancient gods had been passed into the hands of priesthoods. It is important to note that in most pantheons of the ancient peoples the gods were HUMAN looking and acted in much the same way that humans acted. They had similar emotional responses, love, anger, hatred, wrath. They were largely depicted as humanoid in appearance, one head, two arms, two legs, with similar human characteristics. There is also the notion of good and evil which are based upon a morality system that, as far as we know, is uniquely human. During the ritualization of these ancient myths we had religions evolve and of course the "servitors" and "messengers" of the gods in the form of angels and demons.
There are a couple of immensely important things to consider in this area and in the area of the ancient astronaut theories that needs to be a part of the debate in relation to the gods of old and their origin.
Let's look at some depictions of "ancient astronauts" and see what we find.
This is not by any means a comprehensive looks but representative. One thing you notice immediately is that these beings resemble humans. They are depicted in some instances as exactly like humans. The same way that the ancient gods were depicted.
Now that we have established this point let us move on with our narrative and come back to this point later.
The priesthoods as the caretakers of the ancient knowledge established systems by which the knowledge would be kept and disseminated which spawned secret societies of a sort some of these evolved into "religions" of their own like the Mystery Schools.
The knowledge itself had to do with alternative technology, some of it "advanced" by our standards of the time, some of it just a different type of technology than we, as humans, were aware of or had developed ourselves.
Some of this technology related to flying machines of one sort or another. Some represented processes and techniques. One example of this would be the technology employed by Masamune the sword maker.
In the history of human development there were times when there was intervention of one sort or another that led to big events or resulted from big events in history. A classic example would be the Men In Black that appeared in relation to the Black Death of the Middle Ages, and the wood cuts of things in the sky at the time. There is a question of cause and effect here of course.
This post would be far too long if I were to list and illustrate all of the various interventions that have apparently occurred in history.
I would like to move us along to the present day. There is the notion of the technology of the "flying saucer" and the allegations of this technology being revealed to humans , especially in Germany some time before World War II. It is no secret that Germany had developed many different and radical technologies to power their war machine, which included some type of "UFO", the Nazi Bell, and many others, including a different type of nuclear weapon. For more on these issues one is highly urged to read the works of Joseph Farrell.
After World War II most of the technology of Germany was captured by, or given to, the allies. The United States gained the lions share of this technology according to most sources.
Where did the Germans come up with the ideas for their radical physics and for the "UFOs"? Some have alleged that they got it from Extraterrestrials, or as Giorgio Tsoukalos would say "Exaterrestrial".
I have a different view and this is where I will bring back the first part of this post and wrap it all up into a supposition for your consideration.
In 1947 there were several events that were of significance in the present evolution of UFOs as physical Extraterrestrial ships, piloted by aliens from another planet in our Universe. It is here that I want to point you to several different theories for the origin of supposed aliens that have nothing to do with physical aliens from some other planet.
One needs to also consider the interest that the supposed "aliens" have had in the technological development of man. The first contactee cases of completely human looking beings were very concerned about our nuclear weapons and our potential destruction of the Earth and ourselves. The obvious question is; why would they care? If they are from light years away the health of the Earth would hardly be important to them in the grand scheme of things. However if these beings were from HERE and were dependent upon the biosphere of the Earth just like we are they would have a high interest in our survival and the survival of the Earth. Even up to the more recent UFO reports there is a high level of interest in nuclear weapons.
First we have the idea espoused by John Keel and Jacques Vallee of Ultraterrestrials. Beings FROM here and that reside HERE in some "other" hidden or attenuated state. Otherwise human like, though larger or smaller, but with the same type of psychological foibles as humanity.
Second there is the notion of the Cryptoterrestrials as espoused by the late Mac Tonnies. These beings are HERE and some, at least, can and do interact with humanity and largely can go unnoticed. Why? Because they appear human, or human enough to pass.
Third there is the notion of the Elusive Companion Hypothesis as espoused by Christopher Knowles. This view is similar to the idea promulgated by Tonnies.
All of these theories for the origin of "aliens", ETs, ancient aliens, gods have two things in common. One all of these beings are actually HERE, and have always been HERE, on Earth or very close by. And two, all of these beings either naturally resemble Humans or can appear as human or human like enough to pass among us.
Let's pause to consider a couple of things before the story concludes. The vast majority of "alien" encounters are with beings that are either indistinguishable from humans, the so-called Nordics.
Or the ubiquitous Grey Alien.
In relation to the Greys one would do well to refer to the material discussed by:
Walter Bosley. He is a former military officer who's father was also military who told him that the event at Roswell, widely regarded as the result of extraterrestrials crashing a mechanical ship from some distant planet was, in fact, much different. The allegation here is that the supposed "aliens" were denizens of the UNDERGROUND, and that they were humans that had lived below ground apparently for a long time and had developed a technology different from and perhaps more advanced than our own.
With this in mind let us look at the grey alien with the BIG EYES. Why would a "thing" need LARGE eyes? To capture more light? Why would that be a characteristic of Greys? Perhaps they originate and operate largely in a low light environment, such as UNDERGROUND? A current vogue among UFOlogists is that the Greys are androids or machines. Could they be a constructed creature or machine that is used by our Elusive Companions, Ultraterrestrials, and Cryptoterrestrials. And that they are small because they largely operate in cramped low lighted areas, which could be beneath our very feet.
Okay let's wrap it up. I was recently having a conversation with my friend Andy Colvin, best known for his writings on Mothman. In which we discuss the ultimate crossover of UFO phenomena with "terrestrial" technology which he sees as the unleashing of the drones. His assertion that the Foo fighter and other technology developed by the Nazi's were remotely controlled drones, and that much of modern UFOs are in fact drones being piloted by HUMANS remotely. Much of the technology of drone development happened in West Virginia according to the material that Andy has uncovered in his research. And this has a direct connection with the Nazis because of Project Paperclip and the inclusion of Germany's scientists into the US technology sphere. And of course that brings in Antarctica where the Nazi's were alleged to have established a base or more, which may explain the weirdness associated with Operation Highjump and the nuclear "testing" near Antarctica.
And that brings us to a couple of questions to ponder. First of all I am not attempting to "explain" all unusual or paranormal phenomena including all UFO related phenomenon as having a "mundane" and human explanation. I merely posit that it can be an explanation for a lot of it while acknowledging that there is another element at work here, one that is more esoteric and hard to grasp. Now the questions. If we are visited by "aliens" that appear to be human, have human characteristics and traits then we must wonder at the parallel evolution that would produce human-like creatures on another planet under different local Universal conditions. Is that a reasonable conclusion? It might be IF there is some,as yet, unknown factor in the Universe that REQUIRES that human-like beings are the only beings that CAN be intelligent and capable of advanced civilization and technology. Otherwise one would wonder why we aren't being visited by aliens so ALIEN as to be incomprehensible. Then there is the idea of the rh factor which definitely has a genetic component to the UFO and abduction phenomena. Would aliens from another planet have any ability to interact with DNA of a species that developed under different conditions? If "aliens" are conducting genetic experimentation and creating "hybrids" is it not reasonable to conclude that the aliens in question are US? That they are, in fact, HUMAN of a type. And would that not also preclude to a certain extent that they are also, in fact, here, and have always been here?
Thus ancient astronauts may have been just that, ancient astronauts, human astronauts, from here. Ancient gods, human-like, were from here as well perhaps?
If this is the case we might expect at some point that these "others" will become known and that the gods of old will "return". And that will be a day that will have the potential to answer so many questions as well as offer us the opportunity to address some of the more pressing problems of the human race.
Or I'm just full of hot air.