Leonard Nimoy: Modern Man, Future Life, and Resurrection

During my time of working on other academic areas, Leonard Nimoy died. Many have eulogized him in his passing, and I too have felt that keen sense of cultural loss.

Not only did I grow up with the TV reruns of Star Trek, but saw the trilogy/story arc of the best Trek films–The Wrath of KhanThe Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home–in the theater. Nimoy wasn’t the guest star at the convention my sister dragged me to, but his presence was everywhere.

More specific to this blog, Nimoy was one of the gateways of my introduction to Bigfoot through In Search Of. (In addition to the link, I’m embedding the video below this post.)

Nimoy, though Jewish, embodies our hope in the resurrection in Star Trek 3. (Ghosts surviving beyond death? No big deal – every culture has that. But the resurrection, where the person we knew returns as a restored body and soul – that’s the miracle, the undoing of death.) So Spock, the embodiment of the modern, rational man suffers death, but returns from the grave. Is this pattern, Spock was the archetype of the twentieth century in the West. The society that was supposed to champion reason and scientific discovery found that the scientific method was not enough, and religion and the supernatural demonstrated its resiliency and powerful draw.

For appreciating Nimoy, I recommend two resources. First is the book I Am Spock (if you can find the audio version at your library, it feels like Nimoy is personally sharing his life’s story with you.) Did you know that the ‘live long and prosper’ hand gesture is actually the rabbinic shema blessing from Judaism? Also, this memoir conveys how seriously he worked at the crafts of acting and directing.

Also, listen to the Interfaith Voices radio/podcast interview with Nimoy. His interviews and eulogies show that he was a decent guy in a fallen world. As a Christian fan who appreciated his artistic work and person, I wish that he who acted out a resurrection in art will one day experience the Resurrection in Christ on the final day.

Top 5 UFOs in the Bible (Actually, IFOs: Identified Flying Objects)

While we’re still trying to figure out what modern UFO sightings are really about, the authors of the Bible recorded a few momentous incidents of heavenward phenomena. Many lists and books on UFOs in the Bible must already be out there, and at some point I might read some of them. This list is my own that compiles the major agents who appear in the sky in the narratives of Scripture. But instead of calling them UFOs, I’m calling them IFOs because they are identified in Scripture for their specific roles in God’s greater work.

The first three are from the Old Testament, and the last two are found in the New Testament. The first one is a manifestation of Yahweh, the Lord himself.

#1: Pillar of Cloud, Pillar of Fire in the Desert

After Yahweh liberates the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, he guides them through the desert:

  • By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

#2: Elijah Taken up in the Fiery Chariot

  • 2 Kings 2:11-12
  •  As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

#3: Ezekiel’s Vision

  • Ezekiel 1
  • I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

#4: The Magis’ Star

  • Matthew 2:1-12
  • After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

#5: The Angels on the Ground (after Jesus Ascended in the Air)

  • Acts 1:9-11
  • After [Jesus] said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

I don’t want to be irreverent and refer to Jesus as a UFO (and again, it would be an IFO, since we know who and what it is). But you could call angels, which are also called messengers, one could call them “Ouranian Spirit Beings.” This name would fit not because they are from the planet Uranus, but from heaven, which is Ouranos (οὐρανός) in the Greek. They are spirit beings because they are sentient beings like us, reflecting the image of God as we do with reason, but unlike us in that they might be able to take on physical form, but their standard nature and essence is spirit, whereas humans are spirit and body. Whereas Jesus goes ‘up,’ they are standing on the ground next to the Apostles, reminding them of their job to go into all the world to preach the gospel. (Notice that Act’s author Luke depicts Jesus as that same God Yahweh in the Old Testament, the God of the pillar of cloud in #1 above.)

My Trailcam Footage: Bigfoot or What?

I’ve seen so many blobsquatch and trailcam videos of Bigfoot that fail to impress me. So I decided to put up my own. This is not a hoax – it’s actual footage from a squatching trip. While I have not held that this is a Sasquatch, (and I doubt it’s a fox), I figure it’s about as good as any other video, save Patterson-Gimlin.

Will “Finding Bigfoot” come pay a visit? Probably not, but if there’s interest, maybe I’ll do a follow-up video like this one.

If Bob Garrett’s black hawk helicopters show up, then I’ll know I’m onto something.

Brian Williams: The System’s Spokesman Caught Lying

The role of the anchorman is to wear a concerned face and lend maturity and gravitas to the acceptable narrative.The current cooperation of the business corporation and American government partnering together in many ways converge at the anchorman’s news desk.

Although network news doesn’t have the monopolized audience it once did, the newscasts of the big three (ABC, CBS, NBC) still enjoy a large viewership, and the anchorman continues to occupy the of prestige and authority, as this New Yorker column explains. Also, Williams resembles the previous brown-haired, suit and tie anchormen of the previous generation: Brokaw, Jennings, and Rather.

How many hard-hitting, investigative stories did Brian Williams break about the Iraq War? Or did he just get “embedded” in pro-military, patriotic assignments? As first reporter and now anchorman, he tells us what the government and business sector says is OK for us to know and believe.

In effect, the nightly network news anchorman acts as a pope for prescribed belief, a codifier of the acceptable narrative, and functions as the editor of reality. Will Williams survive this storm and recover his position? Should he do so, I think his return will show how little the public carries about objective truth.

The regular Jane and Joe might feel perplexed as to why NBC’s Brian Williams would lie about his supposed derring-do deeds, especially as he no longer ‘needed’ to, having ascended to the anchor desk. Williams had made it, so why would he endanger his career with unnecessary, reckless lying?

Well, Williams, like all of us is a sinner. He gave into temptation and broke the ninth commandment to not bear false witness, to not lie. Career and financial success in and of themselves failed to satisfy, and he wanted more. More fawning, more applause, more regard for his supposed brave character.

William’s supposed apology or admission suggests that he mis-remembered and conflated stories together in his memory. He wants to save his career, and remain as one of the elite. My guess is that when he made this statement on the broadcast last week, that he was neither too worried nor genuinely sorry. After all, reality is what he says it is.

To understand Williams’ NYC establishment mindset, watch this scene from Robert Redford’s “Quiz Show.” The soliloquy and its responses capture the fawning of the elites at one-of-their-own’s halfway admission, and the converse disgust of the everyday Joe at that individual’s lies:

Paranormal events and cryptids do not fit into the acceptable narrative, so reporters and anchors usually tell the story of Bigfoot sightings or UFO encounters with a smirk. ‘Wink, wink. We all know this person I’m interviewing is a whack-job.’ They probably learned this approach from the archetypal anchorman himself, Walter Cronkite. Notice his attitude in wrapping up this story on UFO sightings in Ohio:

Big(foot) Business: Corporate Recognition of Sasquatch

I wonder whether, more than the government or the science departments of universities, the existence of Bigfoot might take place through another driver of society — the corporation.

There are already some connections between Sasquatch and business. Dr. Jeff Meldrum will be speaking at a Cabela’s store in West Virginia. According to the respective Wikipedia article:

“The company was founded by Richard N. Cabela in 1961 and went public in 2004, with that fiscal year’s revenue reaching $1.56 billion, a 50% growth since 2001. As of December 2013, the company has performed strongly in the $646 billion outdoor recreation sector with a stock price gain of close to 50% and consolidated revenue moved up 14.8% year-over-year to $850.8 million. Earnings per share came in at $0.70 which was higher than 2012’s earnings of $0.60 per share.”

So Cabela’s is no mom-and-pop shop. It’s a big corporate player in what is heading toward becoming a trillion dollar industry.

And think of how much societal change takes place through corporations. On the one hand, you have IBM, Microsoft, and Apple changing the way we live, compute, and do business. At the same time, corporations and large companies are targets and/or agents of social change. Companies like Starbucks and Chick-fil-a have been on opposite sides of the gay marriage issue.

So even if government agencies won’t recognize Sasquatch as a species, perhaps Bigfoot’s appropriation by corporations like Cabela’s and Jack’s Links will move the creature into social acceptance before official recognition.

Here’s one large company that apparently already has made its peace with Bigfoot:

Falcon Project Team 2015

The ground team for the Falcon Project has been announced. (If you’re unfamiliar with the project, consider listening to this podcast to William Allen Barnes’ description.)

Reading these bios on these guys reminds me of the assembly of the team for a movie like “Armageddon,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” or the crew of the Nostromo in “Alien.” Hopefully, it’s not like the latter – a horror film. (An earlier post on this blog laid out the two dominant takes on Bigfoot: harmless recluse or dangerous predator. Let’s hope that these guys find a friendly Sasquatch, for their sakes.)

The podcast interview linked above discusses potential conflicts with team members. Most likely, because people are people, one or more of these guys will be let go for violating the rules. Also, a few of them have kids, so they might need to return home for their family’s sake.

One of the main criteria to be on this team is physical fitness. If these guys bring back definitive proof of Bigfoot, they will affect modern human history.

Let’s think about another group assembled for a task. In Matthew 10, Jesus calls his disciples. One of them later turns on him (Judas) and is replaced with Paul, a young, rising Pharisee scholar. Matthew was a tax collector, and so, had been considered by the Jewish people as a collaborator with the Roman occupiers. Most of the were working class guys, or small business owners as fishermen. But they changed history by leading the proclamation to all parts of the world.

Wild No More: Bigfoot in Brooklyn

With humanity now a majority urban species, one might think that Bigfoot would be glad to have the depopulated countryside and forests for its domain.

But now, according to this videographer, a Sasquatch lives in Prospect Park of Brooklyn.

The officials practically admit that Bigfoot has taken up this new residence: “A spokesman for the Prospect Park Alliance, which manages the park, declined to comment.”

  • (In a separate interview, Bigfoot said, “In the 1970s, we got out of New York. It was too dangerous due to the sky-high crime rate. But with the supposed blizzard pushing people off the streets, it seemed a good time to move back in.”)

It seemed only a matter of time until Bigfoot took on NYC. After all, Williamsburg is so artsy and bohemian, it was only a matter of time that the vibes of the crafts and paintings would draw him to Brooklyn.

The great news is that now the Finding Bigfoot team can have a go of it in the Big Apple. Imagine Bobo call blasting in Times Square, and then head over to FAO Schwarz to play on the Big piano.

(Another current video shows a possible Skunk Ape in Florida, as seen here on Tim Fasano’s blog.)

As this blog looks at the religious aspect of Bigfoot matters, we can recognize that the larger narrative of the Bible traces the migration of humanity from the garden of paradise (Genesis 2-3) to the heavenly city of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 20-22). The presence of a Sasquatch in the Babylon-Rome of our day, the capital of the globalized world, would serve as a prophetic reminder of the human vocation to serve as stewards of the earth.