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The Aviary, the Aquarium, and Eschatology
by Vince Johnson
1: The branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of
the world or of mankind.
2: A belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny
of mankind; specifically any of the various Christian doctrines concerning
the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgement.
As more than a casual observer of contemporary ufology, I've recently
become aware of a what could be a significant new twist in popular
perception about UFOs. For many, UFOs are not the manifestation of
extraterrestrial intelligence, but instead, are a metaphysical phenomena --
a manifestation of spiritual entities. Many abductees/contactees are now
characterizing their "unusual personal experiences" in a religious or
As an unabashed secular humanist, I am skeptical of these claims. But
there are several aspects of the metaphysical interpretation of the UFO
phenomenon that should be considered before rejecting it out of hand.
Admittedly, a lot of what follows is based on rumor, hearsay and
circumstantial evidence. Much is derived from numerous phone calls from Dan
Smith, whose religious beliefs regarding the UFO phenomenon have induced a
messianic zeal to "spread the Word."
These calls have provided a flurry of information on what I have
previously termed "fringe" beliefs, as well as providing the names and
backgrounds of the birds who comprise the Aviary. According to Dan, who
undoubtedly is privy to a wealth of accurate, though not widely known UFO
information, this data is being released through him due to the grave
concern by high government officials about impending metaphysical
catastrophe - the eschaton, or the end of the world.
Mr. Smith first came to my attention after the "Aquarium Conspiracy"
article (see inset) was disseminated to computer bulletin board systems in
the Spring of '93. In this article, Smith and Rosemary Ellen Guiley,
directors of the Center for North American Crop Circle Studies, warned of
an "eschatological emergency, "the reaction of various organizations--both
inside and outside the government, and their attempt to establish a network
of spiritually advanced individuals, the "Aquarium," to assist the Aviary
in dealing with this crisis.
The "Aquarium Conspiracy" by Dan Smith and Rosemary Ellen Guiley "In
the beginning there was eschatology--the branch of theology dealing with
the end times. Dan, having spent many years first studying physics and then
metaphysics, came to the conclusion that the scientists have been looking
at the world upside down. Mind, not matter, is the foundation for all
realities. Moreover, the materialist paradigm was in danger of imminent
collapse, being subverted on the inside by its own contradictions, and on
the outside by the growing body of evidence for the paranormal. Creating
and maintaining a reality is no easy game. It requires a lot of magic, and
a lot of conscious critters like ourselves who are pretty good at
collective self-deception. Fortunately-- or perhaps unfortunately--our
particular reality game has about reached its natural conclusion, and we
are waking up to the fact that mind and matter are not separate. We are
undergoing an exciting but stressful revolution in our collective
consciousness. This revolution, or global spiritual emergency, will bring
upheavals and overloads in our global consciousness that will impact the
material Earth for better or worse, and may quickly get out of control. We
also will be opening up to other realities that will be impacting us as
well. Our present very tidy sense of reality and its boundaries is due to
become much more fluid and permeable. Every spiritual tradition takes very
seriously its prophesies about the end of the world, but for the first time
we are seeing these prophesies turning into believable predictions of earth
and reality changes. That is how Dan fell from physics into eschatology.
After experiencing numerous slammed doors among his former scientific
colleagues, he decided that the most logical place to find fellow
eschatologists would be in various intelligence agencies and among
investigators of the paranormal. Dan next addressed how to communicate
about the eschaton. Even a small hint that the government is worried about
the end of the world might start a chain reaction of panic, which could
possibly serve as a trigger for the eschaton. On the other hand, people
inside the government might be wanting to set up a kind of civil defense
network vis a vis the eschaton, and so they would be looking for people on
the outside who could much more freely network among the general public. An
important link in the communication chain is what has become known as ... more