Sunday, December 26, 2010

Of Abductions and Adjectives

"You are one of many that we are contacting in this way, so as to let our presence be known upon your Earth - to prepare the people for the future plan that is beginning to unfold. I can see that your mind is bursting forth with questions, but please relax and I will attempt to answer your queries." "Your people of planet Earth have yet to realize that intelligent life is teeming, virtually throughout the universe, in advanced civilizations and levels of development that would completely defy description. The countless billions of stars that appear in your astronomers' telescopes are only a fraction of the overall magnitude of Infinite Creation - a Creation that had no beginning nor will there ever be an ending, as all worlds, stars, and even galaxies function in the orderly pattern of cyclic regeneration."

For a good laugh, read more about this "abduction" account here. My biggest problem is that there is no differentiation between the narrator and those beings he quotes. They're of the same mind and speak in the same over-the-top, trying-too-hard-too-sound-lofty-and-celestial voices. The overuse of the passive voice is a great example. It's something English speakers abuse hard when they want something to sound formal or venerated in some fashion. Enjoy.

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