Thoughts about belief, the truth, and proving the authenticity of the Meier case
If one is confronted by the UFO case of Billy <Eduard Albert Meier>, regularly one hears the following: "Did you experience the same as Billy? If not you are forced to 'believe' what he is saying." To go more into detail lets try to focus on "Believing" and "Belief". In the dictionary and on Wikipedia the following is stated:
"Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. The concept of belief presumes a subject (the believer) and an object of belief (the proposition)." To believe thus means to hold a "proposition" or a "premise" to be true and to be thus reality. If we look at the "premise" we see that it is then based upon a "basic claim" which accepts or rejects other claims. Does this not sound familiar, if we look at the fights which happen between the different religions ? It is not so much about the reality, but more about what had been said hundreds or thousands of years ago. So instead of fighting each other, all the religions could actually find a consensus based on reason, and live peacefully together. The hate, built up on the fervour of some religious practitioners is certainly not intended, nor wished, by Creation and will always be a reason why so many persons decide not to follow a religion any longer. Also in daily life, a simple claim can lead very quickly to "belief". It would be easy to create a new sect based on any kind of claim. For example if someone claims: "I am enlightened and had contacts with light beings." This claim would be enough to become a premise for other claims, which would lead inevitably to a construct of surreal and unreal new claims and thoughts, which would become a belief to fellow human beings with the time, who are susceptible to this, or searching for the truth/reality, and cannot find the initial premise back anymore, which was based upon illusion or other negative factors.
However "belief" has the most often a bigger subjective note then an objective one and thus withdraws and alienates itself more and more from the truth/reality, because the own views fuelled by own experiences and other factors like egoism, "I am right"-ism etc., tend to overwrite and superimpose reality, instead of developing itself around it. There is a big discrepency between "knowledge" and "belief" which is stated in Wikipedia as the following: "In a notion derived from Plato's dialogue Theaetetus, philosophy has traditionally defined knowledge as "justified true belief". The relationship between belief and knowledge is that a belief is knowledge if the belief is true, and if the believer has a justification (reasonable and necessarily plausible assertions/evidence/guidance) for believing it is true." Those of you who are aquainted to science, or who are even scientists like me, see that... right? Here we are approaching the philosophical theorems of a "Thesis". First a scientist has to postulate a thesis or a theory and then he has to verify it through experiments if it is true or not, or in other words, if it corresponds to the truth or reality or not and has finally to be rejected, or accepted as reality.
It was this approach which enabled me and convinced me of the authenticity of the "Meier case". I never saw the metal alloys, nor did I ever see a real Plejaren person. However, based on the information in the contact reports, the persons I met in Schmidrüti and its surroundings convinced me of it's reality. Also, I had the pleasure of meeting Billy personally and I could not see anything suspicious or strange with him. During my travels around the world, I already saw many different persons - good ones and bad ones - and can recall some experiences concerning fraud and treason etc. This was however not the case with Billy.
If we only take the contact reports, we can see that there is enormous information inside about biology, chemistry, physics, geology, climatology, ecology in general and medicine, that only persons or even only scientists of these fields know and which were and still are not accessible to the majority of human beings. Here we are talking about things that were defined as theories first and then verified to be true by scientists. However, to proof oneself the truth of the contact notes, one needs to investigate a few and have the will to get to the bottom of them. It is as if the Plejaren would encourage us all to become scientists, like when we were kids. This compassion (or enthusiasm), to really know and understand things become lost with age for many of us, as we are too caught up in our daily duties and routine. With this comes the fact that many of us are overburdened with worries and constraints. As it was already discussed above that a thesis can be rejected, here also the plausible deniability comes into play, which has been smartly explained by the Plejaren. This plausible deniability and rejection of the case as truth/reality is most often done when not all pieces of the puzzle are put together and thus the "Thesis" of its reality can be denied and rejected. In my opinion this idea is brilliant, as it really only permits those, who are really interested in the case and who have thought many thoughts about it and connected the dots, to recognize it's truth/reality. It is also brilliant because it is based on the own will and own tenacity of every person, to look into the material. It is the complete opposite of missionizing where persons come up to one and say: "You have to believe it, my religion is the true religion." or: "You are false, you are wrong, my opinion and my religion is the correct one, that is why you have also to rally to this belief". This plausible deniability has the simple function of motivating persons to think harder and to go more and more into detail.
This is not the only thing. Billy's books are also full of knowledge concerning the inner self of human beings, how it works and how to best use these tools to lead a good and harmonious life. To me also his books showed to be true and hold lots of interesting thoughts and advices. An advice is no dictatorial rule which must be fulfilled. An advice, is a recommendation to someone based on one's own experience, common sense and thoughts. It is up to the receiver of the advice to decide if she/he wants to accept or decline the recommendation. It is up to everyone to try it out and verify it's truthfulness and the reality of the immaterial world. If I could give any advice to someone, I would give them advice to become a scientist again.
Many Thanks for your attention and Salome
Edited by James Moore, 27th February 2011
- Schwitzgebel, Eric (2006), "Belief", in Zalta, Edward, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford, CA: The Metaphysics Research Lab, http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/belief/, retrieved 2008-09-19 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belief
- Deborah H (2006), Scientists show that children think like scientists, MIT news, http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2006/children.html
- E-mail sent by author to James Moore