With the new episodes having been released, The X-Files are no longer a thing of the past, and people are rethinking the concept of alien life with the help of various art forms and formats of modern media. The interest in the topic has been growing so much that nowadays, there is talk of it even in the official political circles. One of the best examples is Hilary Clinton’s pledge to disclose the content of government files if she ends up being elected president. The question many people are asking is why we are once again becoming fascinated with UFOs.
During the first decade of the 21st century, it seemed that we were growing out of our interest in science fiction and UFOs. There was a significant decrease in the number of reported sightings, as well as the disappearance of movies and TV shows that supported the view that there is such a thing as alien life. The internet seemed to be of great help in making people stop believing in the existence of extraterrestrials, mostly due to it allowing a much easier exchange of both facts and ideas. By the end of the previous decade, it seemed safe to conclude that people no longer believed in existence of UFOs. What changed?
One of the most prominent theories is supported by sociologists of religion. They claim that what is now happening can be described as a sort of “re-enchantment.” What occurred during the first decade of the 21st century was obviously a victory of the sciences over belief in mysterious forces. That can hardly be argued, but the sociologists in question also believe that things such as UFOs can never be fully banished from the human psyche. In their words, what is happening now is a completely natural shift from the reign of reason to the rule of the supernatural.
As we have already mentioned, there is a political aspect to the problem as well, and it is making the “re-enchantment” a lot tougher to explain. The idea that people go from trusting in science to believing in the supernatural is much easier to grasp than it is to understand why a person who is running for president would ever bring up a topic such as extraterrestrial life. Some believe that the political climate has changed in a way that is making this not only possible, but desirable as well. Nowadays there is a lot of thinking that has been turned against the institution of science. It has come to the point in which what we call the language of reason is now being used to attack both sciences and their endeavors. In a climate such as that, a weird idea can easily go from being a liability to having political appeal.
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