Mysterious disappearance

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By Ver Pacete

As I See It

Thursday, March 20, 2014


“THE most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” This was said by Albert Einstein. Human beings always want to find reasonable explanations for all observed phenomena and to provide solution for the mysteries of the universe.

And yet there are events that seem to say that our rules, our beliefs, even our common sense, may sometimes let us down. A Malaysian Airlines jumbo jet vanished while on its way to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Experts speculated that something could have been wrong while the plane is in mid-air: mechanical failure, a case of hijacking, pilot error, or a bomb exploded. Meantime, we would just like to believe that the plane is just missing. We hope to find a sane explanation on this.

I am also fancied by the statement of the head of the Malaysia Civil Aviation Authority, Azharrudin Abdul Rahman, “This is an unprecedented aviation mystery.” There are questions that could be aligned with this statement. If common sense does not work let us try the uncommon. In the reverberations of cosmic creation, must we adhere to the idea that time progresses in a linear way? Can the past, present, and the future exist simultaneously? Can psychic energy make itself manifest in physically observable ways?

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Let us open our doorways to the vast and intriguing world of the unknown. Let us do it but we have to be careful against the danger of exaggeration, too personal opinion, distortion in manipulative reporting of inexplicable events. Let us believe a little that creatures are unknown to science and staggering to the imagination are roaming the world. Some documents (believable or unbelievable) propose that the cosmos may not be so sterile or uneventful as we think.

What I am trying to say is not just mind guessing. Probably, some of you have also read the books of authors presenting astonishing point of views: Erich Von Daniken, “Chariots of the Gods”; Richard E. Mooney, “Colony: Earth”; Zecharia Sitchin, “The Wars of Gods and Men”. Our interest in books like these would only prove that human beings are fallible, excitable, and prone to exaggeration.

Admirers of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly the Atlantic alone, were reluctant to attribute her disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 to pilot error. A massive search revealed nothing, but the nation unwilling to accept the loss of its heroine, held on its hopes. A massive air-and-ground search was conducted when the wealthy young flier A.C. Whitfield disappeared on a short hop over densely populated Long Island in 1938. No trace of the man or his airplane was ever found.

One of the most poignant disappearances was that of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French aviator and writer whose book “The Little Prince”, now a classic of gentle fantasy, was published in 1943. The Bermuda Triangle, the area east of Florida where ships and planes are said to disappear in numbers too large to be happenstance, grew with the loss of Flight 19 on Dec. 5, 1945.

Five TBM Avengers Torpedo bombers, under Lt. Charles Carroll Taylor, took off from Fort Lauderdale on a 320-mile navigation training exercise that should have taken them east, then north, over Grand Bahama Island, then southwest back to base. It was said that Taylor had become disoriented. It was a journey to nowhere and then, puft! If we have to stretch our imagination, we will end up in science fiction.

Even the prophet Ezekeil, as recorded in the Holy Bible, had a vision of the landing of a wheeled vehicle with four occupants, each of whom had four faces and four wings. Mystery in space in our time could have been attributed to UFO sightings. In 1906, the crew of British steamer saw a huge illuminated wheel, seemingly larger than their ship, spinning just above the waters of the Persian Gulf near Oman.

We may be talking here of the disappearance of Boeing 777 only but we are speculating on what is beyond the walls of time. We hope to come up with a normal explanation, but we can also agree that many things still remain hidden. Philosopher Seneca said this, “Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate. Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all.”

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 20, 2014.

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