Considerations about UFO Abductions

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  1. Simon Friedrich ha detto:

    Even such a serious writer as Ernst Jünger dealt with these multiplying claims of encounters with aliens, particularly in Aladdin's Problem.

    The phenomenon had firstly symptomatic value for him: a demythologized humanity "missed what it was that angels used to provide". Contemporary visions of aliens are thus the modern technical equivalents of the angels people believed in during the middle ages – this aligns with the technological type of salvation so many believe in these days. Moreover, there are also good aliens and bad ones, as there were good angels that fought with bad ones for the salvation of men.

    Jünger is ambiguous about the reality of these apparitions. The protagonist of Aladdin's Problem is also a heavy dreamer, who begins to lose the distinction between his waking and dreaming life. At the same time he begins speculating on aliens.

    Here one might speculate that as dreams give form to inexpressible subtle subconscious realities, so the mind also provides forms for subtle external realities. The technological clothing fits our society, as angels did the middle ages. The forms are subjectively conditioned, for the individual and the society, but the underlying reality is the same one, now as then, here as there.

    In any case, the protagonist in Aladdin's Problem has an encounter at the end of the book with Phares, an angel-like being whose name is Seraph in reverse. Evidently Jünger did not shrug off this modern phenomenon as without meaning.

    Simon Friedrich

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