The ET Problem

In Part 21 of the story, LRH begins to introduce us to the ETs who have begun to swarm around Earth. He gives descriptions of body appearances which I believe are largely fanciful. For example, the Tolnep have bodies composed of something akin to stainless steel, and have poisonous fangs like snakes. He also gives short descriptions of their ships which I believe are less fanciful: sphere-shaped; triangle-shaped; cigar-shaped. A key ET – the “small gray man” – remains unidentified, though he seems to hold some sort of senior intelligence and/or diplomatic function.

All these races are of course “space opera,” which is to say that their economies are involved in inter-planetary trade. They have – we can imagine – commercial ships and, in the case presented here, military ships which are there to protect their lines of “commerce.”

In the situation presented by this story, each ET group has a “niche” in the overall inter-galactic economy, which is dominated by the Psychlos due to their apparent monopoly on the technology of teleportation, usually called “transshipment.” Transshipment allows the Psychlos to place military assets wherever they are needed instantly and with no sign of approach, giving them a tremendous political advantage.

The economic niches occupied by the others are briefly enumerated at the beginning of Part 22: the Tolneps are involved in the slave trade; the Hawvins trade in copper and silver; the Bolbods trade in used machinery; the Jambitchow seem to be pirates. There are also the Hockners, who seem to be aspiring political rivals to the Psychlos.

Actual Earth Situation

The actual situation on Earth at this time is very hard to judge. A common behavior among all the ETs is that they are unwilling to openly visit us, get to know us, and speak honestly about themselves, as a human tourist or foreign exchange student might when going to another country. They have only made selective, controlled contacts.

This is different from the Psychlos in the story. They judged the human population useless, attempted to wipe them out and then sent in their own people to set up a mining operation. It is supposed that the other groups knew little or nothing about Earth, as if they did they might have tried the same thing. But this left the invaders open to subsequent contact and observation by native survivors. In the story this contact at length enabled humans to regain the upper hand on Earth and ultimately destroy Psychlo and impose an enforced peace across the entire universe (or universes, as LRH mentions). Though this may be excessively fanciful, it makes a good story and gives LRH a chance to tell us – in the form of fiction – some of what he learned over the time after he was last a working fiction writer. The story is in fact full of such gems of knowledge.

But if LRH was aware of the current ET situation on Earth, which I don’t think he was particularly, he didn’t reflect that awareness in this story, beyond the obvious possibility that not all (if any) of the Space Opera societies still operating out there have pure or benevolent intentions regarding Earth.

What the controlled contacts on Earth have actually accomplished so far is to give us several connected but somewhat conflicting stories about the history of Earth, who is out there now, how they are related to each other, and what their expectations are for future Earth.

None of these stories are verifiable to any great degree, though some of the historical data is backed up by human remote viewing data.

If taken together with Hubbard’s research while he was developing Scientology, we get a fuzzy picture of conquest depending on religious propaganda, with more than one group vying for control, fighting amongst each other and sometimes getting humans and Earth involved in their battles. We get the impression that Earth is seen as a potential future manufacturing base, and perhaps a “tourist” destination. The strategy has always been to leave the Earth population with the impression that it is controlling its own affairs while in fact being controlled – or at least guided – by off-planet groups. It is quite possible that more than one ET group has had influence over different geographic areas of Earth, and that this may still be the case. These days it is more a question of which Earth power group the various ET groups have aligned themselves with. There is evidence that ET has been nudging us forward technologically so that we could begin to produce things of value elsewhere in the universe, and that this trade has now started. There is a big emphasis on electronics, but also on the manufacture of metal machined components.

The Federations

Many of the contacts mention various “federations,” differently named by different contactees.

It is unclear to what extent these are real, but it makes sense that they might be. I am inclined to believe that these are basically commercial federations masquerading as political federations. As political groups, they seem to be interested in religious-spiritual matters. But this may just be a clever cover for more mundane commercial interests. The story does not dwell on such ET activities, but the literature generated by the various Earth contacts certainly does.

Only societies in no need of commerce (in other words, non-biological, non-machine societies) could actually afford to concentrate their attention on spiritual matters. All the dominant players I have heard about so far are either biological, machine or some combination of the two. It is not at all clear that any of those societies know how to advance spiritually or even aspire to do so. Yet they are keenly aware of the underlying spiritual awareness that exists amongst sentient beings throughout the universe, so it has become a dominant aspect of the propaganda put out by some of these groups. On Earth it is certainly an ancient control technique. New Agers like Steven Greer and David Wilcock are totally into the spiritual aspects of this ET propaganda. Corey Goode, a simple Christian, is much less interested in it. “Ex” New Agers like George Kavassilas and Kerry Cassidy are beginning to doubt certain aspects of that propaganda. While others who were deeply into it have close to disappeared, or seem to have nothing important to contribute. Scientologists, for the most part, have not even entered this discussion, and are probably wise to stay out of it. It seems to me little more than a squirrel cage.

I have no doubt that ET is a real problem. I have great doubts about their talk of “ascended masters,” “crystal ascension chambers” and other such rubbish. It is more or less clear that they have invited us to get involved in their activities, though this invitation is not yet officially public. But what exactly are their activities? The answer isn’t yet clear. Inter-galactic trade? Almost for sure. Inter-galactic conquest, as in our story? Not at all clear.

Relative Importances

Battlefield Earth traces the physical – and intellectual – journey of a single very brave individual through many problems of survival. At every level he finds urges – very human urges – to succumb as well as to survive. As sickening as the urge to succumb is to an individual very much committed to survival, it is certainly quite real. Yet it signals the existence of what is known as a “game.” A game is an illusion of conflict for the entertainment of the players, where no actual conflict exists or needs to exist. It is clear from research that life’s unit beings are immortal. Thus any situation where “survival” becomes important must exist at the level of game, and not be, ultimately, real. In playing the various games of life this is worth keeping in mind, as silly and esoteric as it may sound to you.

It is clear to me that most ET societies have forgotten about this, as have we. The game of survival, then, becomes our highest level of reality, and we play it as if our “lives” depended on it. But, they actually don’t. So Scientologists, when they become trained enough or cleared enough to become aware of this, take a somewhat different approach to the overall situation. A few non-Scientologists have also come to similar conclusions. We now play the game of survival in order to buy ourselves more time to do our work. The work, of course, is to bring as many people as possible up to the point of being aware that living as we know it is only a game, yet one perhaps worth playing with skill. And if, some day, we can get Earth up to this awareness, that still leaves everyone else. And that becomes our new game. Free of biology, new games that might seem bizarre or impossible to us now could be indulged in. Some of us very much look forward to that. LRH certainly did. But for the next billion years or so, the highest-level game for most of us will be that of restoring to the population of this universe the awareness that they are immortal creator beings who could drop their connections to bodies and biology – if they so wished – and be free to play other games, new games that have never before existed. In like wise, LRH’s grand story of conflict on Earth also points in this ultimate direction.

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