When exploring the concept of what the aliens are, we must also take into consideration that a whole world of unexplainable evidence aside, it’s not impossible for entire scientific paradigms to be changed forever, and likewise it is not impossible for the phenomenon of alien abduction to have more than one explanation. Imagine a world where the psychological aspect of it all developed alongside a true but more rare physical alien conspiracy.
Is there any possibility that the entities visiting many abductees are merely the heightened senses of the experiencer interpreting their own apprehensions and conceptions of life in the 21st century rectifying itself with an increasingly subjective reality still overwhelmingly governed by the social morays and apprehensions of philosophers of bygone days. The beginning of the 21st century has most certainly been a transitional period for the entire world as it becomes more than a casually explored and mostly isolationist collection of different civilizations and adopts a more global identity. And with that comes the technological transition into space and the exploration of the heavens as an extension of our infinitesimally small world. And as we explore these vast reaches of space we suddenly feel an identity of more than mere nations, but as a species.
Alien abduction, according to some psychologists is the reconciliation of a myopic view of the world with a deeply rooted species identity. Now that there are no wars, there’s no “them.” Now that every country has been explored, and the diversity of life on this planet has been categorized, there are no more horizons except those out into the stars. And if we cannot build a rocket to the stars to find new creatures to categorize, meet, befriend, fight, learn from, and teach, then we will bring those far off mysterious worlds to us. With it, we could combine a fusion of the technology we have come to depend on and almost see as another character within our own planet’s play.
And they of course would need a reason for existing. And the very symbols that seemed to control our own lives, and motivations such as Eros, the drive to create life that exists within most people. John William Waterhouse’s painting “Sleep and His Half Brother Death” illustrates the intrinsic connection between death and sleep. Edgar Allen Poe said he “abhorred those little slices of death,” continuing the theme between sleep and death. Perhaps the alien grey’s visage can be construed as strangely similar to the image a human leaves after death, as flesh leaves bone in wasting and leaves a grey or bleached white entity that is unbelievably thin and has no more than a black void where human eyes should be. And “they” are always attempting to take life from us to continue their own species as they create creatures not quite from life (the abductee) and death (the alien captors) but a sort of “hybrid” that somehow escapes an existence of life and therefore death. The captive often finds this half-human to be understandably disturbing. And often the manifestation of the uncanny valley of inhumanity is seen in the eyes, which are windows to the soul. The eyes of the hybrid is often likewise darkened, betraying no glimmer of anything behind them but the very obsidian matte of the darkness of space from whence they came. Is such an explanation no more than a desperate attempt to explain away a more terrifying prospect by those who cling to a world where humanity is master of the world? That, too, seems plausible.