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Transcendent views affect media, society

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By Steve Hammons

(This article also appears on AmericanChronicle.com.)

People may be looking for “transcendent concepts” in TV, media, government, social solutions, national defense and international relations.

The idea of transcendent concepts can be applied to almost any endeavor and may represent a new wave of thinking about a wide range of human activities.

This perspective includes several assumptions and conclusions.

One factor in this viewpoint is the awareness that new discoveries have been made, and are being made currently, that impact directly on the human race.

These discoveries are, in part, related to the capabilities and strengths of human beings as well as the nature of our environment on Earth and in the Universe.

For example, new views about quantum physics, human psychology and other phenomena often provide support for transcendent thinking.

Related to this is the viewpoint that these discoveries may indicate that modified approaches to certain challenges are sometimes appropriate.

“Transcendent warfare” concepts can spark new thinking about international conflict and cooperation as well as peace operations, information operations, public diplomacy and humanitarian efforts.

Transcendent ideas can be applied to creative media such as movies, books and online communications platforms.

Whether the challenge is gathering intelligence on destructive terrorists or understanding how the mass media and TV can most successfully connect with audiences, being open to new and interesting developments can be important.

TRANSCENDENT TV

For example, we might look at the changing relationship of people with the TV media. TV is one window into society and can tell us something about ourselves.

In the aftermath of the Hollywood writers strike, studies have shown that TV viewers are drifting away from some of the broadcast networks’ programming.

A widening variety of good-quality cable channels, delayed viewing via DVRs and current events such as the political campaigns and the financial crisis have been cited as part of the reasons for viewer behavior and choices.

Some observers suggest that viewers want diversion to help them forget their plunging home values, disintegrating financial investments, increasing risks of job loss, apparent government dysfunction and ongoing war in foreign lands.

Other people note that shows having practical value, insight or maybe some valid connection to reality are attractive to many viewers.

The idea of shows having meaningful connections to reality should not to be confused with “reality TV” such as competitions at unusual challenges and the camera-eye view of the lives of publicity-seeking lower-tier celebrities.

Another kind of reality TV refers to programs that explore our connections with, and our understanding of other people, society and the fast-changing world we live in today.

What is going on in the world? How do I and my family and community fit in? What are the dangers, opportunities and discoveries around us now?

These questions may help create a foundation for TV programming that includes tried-and-true stories and characters, a solid rootedness in interesting current events and plenty of room for imagination and creativity.

Combining these elements with fundamental aspects of human striving, human strength, human dignity and human progress might just be a winning recipe for attracting today’s TV viewers.

This is the opposite of the “dumbing down” of TV. A term to describe this concept could be “transcendent TV.”

Today’s mass media, including TV, is a platform within which many creative ideas can flourish, entertain, enlighten and inform.

When we open ourselves to emerging developments and when we craft new approaches and creative endeavors in response to these developments, renewed and significant connections with audiences might result.

CONNECTING AND UNDERSTANDING

The connections between what is going in our lives, our communities, our societies and on our planet are interwoven in many ways. The activities of humanity, the events triggered by Nature and possible impacts from forces and factors we don’t fully understand also intertwine.

Exploring the known realities around us as well as examining the unknowns are part of a vibrant and robust approach to many different kinds of endeavors.

Some of these knowns and unknowns are equally mysterious, fascinating, frightening or uplifting. They may provide worrisome warnings or hopeful optimism. They can trigger defensive preparation or a peek at a fantastic breakthrough for the human race.

Down-to-Earth challenges can include activities such as developing needed renewable energy, reducing nuclear proliferation and developing innovative educational platforms for our children.

Some of the unusual mysteries that fascinate millions of people are also subject to a transcendent approach.

What are those unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that seem to be spotted fairly frequently over places like Stephenville, Texas? Are all crop circles made by human pranksters? Do humans possess a “sixth sense” of internal awareness that includes extra-sensory perception (ESP)? Are there other dimensions of reality where we go after physical death? What might be hidden within our DNA?

One common denominator in the ideas ranging from transcendent TV to transcendent warfare to unusual transcendent phenomena may be the issue of intelligence gathering and intelligence dissemination.

What do people perceive as being valuable, useful, truthful, worthwhile and important? Then, how can the related concepts and information be organized and communicated in effective ways?

A transcendent approach combines the best of solid proven methods along with innovative and leading-edge knowledge and insight. A thoughtful and well-structured combination of these may create another level of understanding and success.

Transcendent viewpoints may also create opportunity for new ways of accomplishing worthwhile objectives that are beneficial at many levels.


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UFOs and ET activities: Blessing, threat or both?

UFOs and ET activities: Blessing, threat or both?

By Steve Hammons

Tonight’s ABC special “UFOs: Seeing is Believing” is a follow-up to the 2005 program “Peter Jennings Reporting – UFOs: Seeing Is Believing.”

The program tonight will provide updated information on certain UFO incidents and offer various perspectives.

But will the show examine the deeper and more complex aspects of this situation?

What many people seem to wonder about is the apparent secrecy, security and restrictions on information regarding the UFO situation that may have begun as early as 1947 and the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial craft near Roswell, New Mexico.

Are there legitimate reasons for this security? Are the reasons faulty? Is there a combination of both intelligent reasons and troubling justifications for the alleged intense security surrounding the topic?

RECENT EVENTS

Tonight’s ABC show will look into the highly unusual incidents and circumstances of sightings in Stephenville, Texas, that appeared to have occurred primarily early in 2008. Secrecy has reportedly been involved in the Stephenville incidents.

Several law enforcement officers and other very reliable witnesses reported sighting a large object, sometimes at very low altitude. Others saw highly unusual lights in the distance.

The object or objects were caught on video cameras mounted on police car dashboards. Some officers made a detailed sketch. One officer reportedly used his radar gun and tracked the speed of a low-altitude object. (It was not speeding at the time, going 27 mph according to published reports quoting the officer.)

When investigators from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) conducted a detailed radar analysis using FAA radar data for a key time frame during the cluster of Stephenville incidents, they found interesting information.

The MUFON report concluded that at least one huge object was in the area, moving at unusual speeds and traveled to within 10 miles of the Bush ranch at Crawford. The MUFON investigation also determined there seemed to be particularly heavy U.S. military aircraft activity in the area at that time.

WHY SECRECY?

An often-asked question is about the secrecy surrounding the alleged situation of UFOs and extraterrestrial and/or extra-dimensional activities involving our planet Earth.

Many explanations have been suggested.

These include the natural tendency of governments, militaries and intelligence organizations to hold sensitive information closely.

Another reason given is that advanced technologies might be available through ET visitation and that countries want to keep these secret, providing advantages for them over competing nations.

Yet another rationale is that the human “powers-that-be” who run the Earth, according to some views, want to control knowledge related to ET activities, enhancing their power and control.

This perspective includes the idea that these powers-that-be want to keep things “business as usual” regarding distribution of wealth, control of Earth’s natural resources, manipulation of wars and weapons as well as status quo management of poverty, disease, pollution, starvation, injustice and human suffering.

Equally interesting theories to explain secrecy include the idea that many Americans and other humans might not be ready to deal psychologically and emotionally with a reality that includes extraterrestrial activities here and that human societies could be damaged in very serious ways.

One of the most concerning rationales about the need for security about an alleged ET activities situation is that, although there might be “friendly” visitors, there may also be ETs who pose a grave risk to the human race. If that is the case, then standard military and intelligence security measures might be very logical, though some people might still disagree.

There are possibly other equally important considerations and details involved in the overall situation.

When the Native American Indians first received visitors and colonists from Europe – the Vikings, Spanish, French and English – they did not realize the problems that these “visitors” posed to their way of life and their very existence. Now, we realize how devastating this invasion or infiltration was to original people of the Americas. This could be a lesson to consider carefully.

MOVING THE BALL FORWARD

How can we become more informed about what might be a complex and sensitive situation, and deal with the above factors as well as many other elements that could be involved?

Becoming more informed about current research on the subject is a good start. Being both open-minded and skeptical, looking at things very carefully, is also probably helpful.

Depending on what scenario we consider, or what combinations of situations might be involved, it is often wise to “hope for the best and prepare for the worst.”

Freedom of information, like freedom of speech, has limitations. As the old adage goes, freedom of speech does not allow us to yell “Fire!” in a crowded theatre.

Today, many people demand “full disclosure” about what they think is an important and hidden situation about ET activities. This is understandable, natural and in many ways, admirable and worthwhile. Obtaining more information is often helpful in making decisions and getting a solid understanding of any situation. Then, strategies can be developed to cope with a changing situation.

In fact, it could be that disclosure and “acclimation” about such a scenario are already underway and have been for decades. We are being told about the state of the situation … if we just open our eyes and our minds.

If it is a national security and international security scenario, we must be sensitive to and intelligent about how various aspects of it are handled. Defensive measures might be appropriate.

If a “culture shock” or let’s say a “culture impact” were to take place related to ET visitation, infiltration or some other kind of contact from one or several other species of beings, what can we do to try to make it a constructive impact that preserves the best of humanity, and also helps us make progress in the future?

Some steps might include taking stock of the uniqueness of humans and Earth. It truly is a beautiful planet, filled with life and with great potential. Various human societies, groups and individuals have done great things and we have a rich cultural history.

That said, human history and the current state of affairs are problematic in many ways. There is plenty of room for improvement.

To psychologically and emotionally prepare for the possibility that extraterrestrial activities of various kinds may be underway, maybe we need to hold on tight to those positive aspects of humanity and our cultures while recognizing our serious failings too.

By considering a comprehensive number of factors and dynamics in play, and the seriousness and sensitivity of possible ET activities, we can try to make future developments turn out as constructively as possible.

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