News of Israel’s former space security chief announcing in an interview that we have made contact with extraterrestrials and are part of a greater ‘Galactic Federation’ was always going to make headlines in the weird sections of news outlets around the world.

It’s a story with all of the bizarre and fantastical elements that we are used to seeing only in Hollywood blockbusters. Haim Eshed, 87, a retired Israeli general and current professor revealed in an interview with Yediot Aharonot that there is indeed an existing agreement between the US and the alleged ETs to assist in research to better understand the ‘fabric of the universe’. He added that this co-op even extends to a secret underground base on Mars where humans work side by side with our alien counterparts.

The story would be much easier to dismiss if not for the fact that Eshed has a certain amount of credibility attached to his name. He headed Isreal’s space program for 30 years and is a three-time recipient of the Israel Security Award among many other accolades. He says the reason he is going on the record now is that, after all these years, humanity is becoming more acceptable of an extraterrestrial reality, though we’re not quite ready just yet.

Eshed remarked that US President was on the verge of disclosing ET existence until the ‘Galactic Federation’ had stopped him from doing so until humanity better understood what ‘space and spaceships are’.

While the story may only get a passing glance from everyday readers not invested in such out-there topics, you would think this would be an overall positive to the fields of fringe science, spirituality and UFOlogy.

In my opinion, you would be wrong.

If the article sparked any interest in your average reader or viewer, what are they going to find when they lift the veil and stare into the abyss of information and speculation on the topic? The abyss stares back.

And what a rabbit hole it is. Light on hard evidence, heavy on speculation but with a full spectrum of voices all willing to tell you they have the answer.

From insider secret space program testimonies with fantastical, wild stories and spiritual gurus ready to align your chakras and vibrate you a new frequency to seemingly more respectable suit-wearing researchers with their more ‘nuts and bolts’ answers.

They all seem to have the answer and if you spend a long enough time in the abyss, the deep warrens of internet conspiracy rabbit holes you will find the answer you’re looking for as there is likely an already established online community you can join in with which agrees to your particular leaning on what the truth may be.

But will it be the actual truth? Is the truth out there? And how will you know? … You won’t.

Sure, there are certain cosmic con-men who across the board can be seen by most as a little too disingenuous and you can, in many cases, follow the money to understand their true intentions – especially on the events and public speaking stages where some of them are even seen as fringe rockstars.

But does that mean that you immediately seek out the seemingly rational researchers? I think there’s a danger in that too because there’s money to be made there as well.

It was interesting to watch many of #UFOtwitter‘s notable voices using the news of the alleged ‘Galactic Federation’ story to draw people into their own particular conclusion about the true nature of the phenomenon.

Putting your faith into any conclusion without demanding cold hard evidence is, by far, the biggest problem. Some, just like Eshed, come with credentials and years of service within the US government programs.

For example, Lue Elizondo, an alleged former director of AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program), reportedly a secretive Pentagon unit established to study UFOs, is also treated like a rockstar on social media.

And while those types may have more apparent bonafides, how do you know what they’re telling their hungry fans is the truth?

You don’t. I can already hear the shouts from anyone reading this ‘but what about this memo, or that video or this meta-material sample or that testimony?

It’s not that there’s no evidence. There are a lot of wild testimonies that support what different people believe and many any have their own personal experiences to draw on.

But much like Haim Eshed’s comments, they are merely interesting topics to speculate on and diving to hard into a set of firm beliefs around the reality of time, space and the universe without a hard truth is, while fun to chew on, at the end of the day just another thought put out into the greater consciousness.

Just like this one.

Daniel James
Authored by Daniel James

Daniel is a Melbourne-based multimedia journalist with international experience as an editor, producer, designer and artist at some of Australasia’s biggest newsrooms. A longtime commentator and reporter on internet culture, he now journals his observations on digital life and counterculture for Boldly.

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