By Kyle B. Stiff
Congratulations! You’ve just done a google search for “paul hellyer crazy” and it brought you here. You may have done this because you heard that Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former Defense Minister, has made some wild statements about various governments interacting with “alien species”. You may have been disturbed, so you did a google search hoping that a comforting CNN article would pop up and explain that Paul Hellyer is, in fact, batshit crazy.
But CNN doesn’t post stories like that, does it? In the same way that some families don’t discuss politics and religion at the dinner table, CNN tends not to discuss UFOs or the beings that inhabit them. That’s my job. And, get this: Paul Hellyer is quite sane.
How can this be? Despite his legit career and level-headed demeanor, the man publicly speaks about aliens! Not to mention his nutball opinions about banking conspiracies and the dangers of global warning.
Here’s the thing. I could spend a hundred paragraphs rambling on at length about various UFO sightings and a handful of incompetent conspiracies to keep the whole thing out of the public eye, and you could respond that no UFOs have landed in front of the White House, and we could both pretend to be objective and rational and the whole thing would start to sound like the comments section in a YouTube video… but why bother? Are any of us truly rational and objective? Isn’t it more the case that we form an opinion first and look for evidence second?
I’ll go ahead and say that talking about the subject of aliens isn’t cause for questioning someone’s sanity. Paul Hellyer has already stated, more than once, that he still has a lot to learn about the subjects that he’s bringing to the public’s attention. I’ve waited around at enough bus stops to know that crazy doesn’t often sound like humble, so I’m thinking Mr. Hellyer may be the latter rather than the former. Really, what do we know about the universe we live in? Do we know a great deal, or do we know only very little? If you can admit that we know only a very little bit about this very big and complicated universe, then can you also admit that associating Paul Hellyer with the term “crazy” might be an emotional reaction rather than a rational response?
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