Contrary to the aforementioned generalizations that seemingly prevail, there are findings that show that many private gatherings (be it various meetings, cocktail parties or gala dinners), end up in discussion of the unknown, the occult, etc.
Some such evenings are 'spiced up' by telling of frightful stories, retelling of an experiment, or by having a seánse. Seems harmless enough, nice and dandy and fun.
It seems this urge - to go after the inexplicable, the mysterious, to experience an adventure, to simply seek and find - is in us all. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that, once their bellies get filled, some people prolong their pleasure not only by sharing a glass of fine dessert wine but also by telling interesting stories.
Then, there are those that don’t simply wait for such occasion to come by. Instead, they satisfy this omni-present human yearning by dedicating a portion of their free time to the research and inquiry (my humble self here included). Some even dedicate their whole lives to the pursuit of the unknown and the truth hidden behind it.
It is precisely these most dedicated discoverers, honest writers, experts, adventurists, researchers and journalists and their efforts and findings that I wish to focus on in this article. God knows, it took me long enough till I was able to dig up and pull out their excellent works from under the pile of the unworthy junk they in way belong with but somehow ended up being buried under.
Such folks are not after the monetary rewards, though no one denies that they welcome the beans going their way since the research does cost and needs to somehow be funded. What they really are after is the truth (or truths) about our planet hidden behind mysterious occurrences. And they pursue it (them) wherever they think they may be able to uncover it (them).
In their passionate quest they relentlessly travel to the farthest corners of the globe; they burry themselves in research; they interview anyone they think is in any way connected to some anomalous phenomena; they review and catalog a great number of books and archived materials such as journals, microfilms, and daily news going back even up to two hundred years.
And, of course, we don’t mind buying what they publish. We know that they earned and deserve every penny they get. Besides, those funds will finance, at least in part, their next interesting expedition or research, subsequently benefiting many people, perhaps even all humanity.
If you come across the works of these dedicated folks, and you decide to buy or borrow them, and then to really ponder about what they’ve read… believe me, my column will quickly become just a dear memory. Perhaps, if I’m lucky to merit this, you'll consider it a trampoline that bounced you off in a proper direction - toward the works of experts, the literature imbued with a healthy, scientific approach to inquiry and resonating with echo of the true (even if those authors do occasionally allow themselves to venture further - to draw their own theories or to form definitive opinions - than the sheer facts underpinning those theories and opinions actually call for).
OF THE TWO GROUPS OF SERIOUS AUTHORS: ENCYCLOPEDIC-FACTUAL AND THEORIZING
I like to cluster these authors into two groups: (1) those that present their material in sort of an encyclopedic style, that is, they present only the sheer facts and little or nothing beyond (no annotations or theories of their own), and (2) those that, in addition to the listed and valid facts, also include their pertinent opinions and/or theories.
The works of the Encyclopedic-Factual group leave little or no room for manipulation or shady interpretations and are by rule excellent.
Be advised, though, that various charlatans do infiltrate here as well. Thus, there always remains a shadow of concern that the data presented as “facts” might not be factual at all. Luckily, such deceptions are difficult to pull off and thus quite rare.
In fact, I’ve never come across any such materials. Nevertheless - to use the old adage - nothing is impossible in this world of ours and so I find it rather prudent to first carefully select, then approach the reading of the new material with caution.
The works by the Theorizing group warrant even more caution as it is in these texts that you’ll encounter greatest number of the corrupted data.
A word to the wise… The books that manipulate information for who-knows-what purpose, usually launch an all out sense-offensive. They arm themselves with theories which seemingly make sense (because they utilize some facts or accepted views surrounding known events), thus creating a sense of their validity in the reader. They appear then as not only possible but plausible. Add to this manipulating concoction the persuasiveness of such authors in passing such info as true and nothing but, and there you have it - a cocktail of nonsense, but ringing true and going down easy…
Do not burden yourself with worry - with the attentive eye, though not without the (un)due diligence, you will be able to discern the untrue from partially true and from completely true.
Nevertheless, do be advised than a careful scrutiny and evaluation of the validity of any such texts is certainly always in order and most recommended!