Dr Michael E. Salla
November 8, 2003
I received on November 2, 2003 a forwarded copy of a message titled
the World - Decide Whether We Should Show Up!”.
The ‘Message’ had been slowly circulating for some weeks before I received
it, and in part due to my own commentary and distribution of it, it has more
widely circulated over the Internet. This has prompted a number of
individuals to contact me to provide more information about the Message and
elaborate on whether it is genuine.
The Message claimed to originate from an unknown group of extraterrestrials (ETs) that wanted to ask “individuals
without distinction” (humanity outside the political process) the simple yet
profound question "Do You Wish That We Show Up?" The ‘Message’ claimed to be
conducting a global ballot on behalf of ETs that have been silently
observing Earth for an extended period of time. If genuine, the question and
‘ballot’ it proposes for the benefit of visiting ETs carries with it deep
implications that deserve serious discussion.
The response to the Message has been widespread. Some have openly embraced
it as a ‘First Contact’ message from one or more benevolent ET races, and
have unambiguously said, Yes! Others have viewed it as a trick from
manipulative ETs who want to covertly take over humanity, and said No! Yet
another response has been to dismiss it entirely as ‘extremely sophisticated
disinformation’ and said ‘not worth answering’! Another response has been to
be cautious and seek to better understand the message, its origins, the
possible ETs that sent it, its implications for global humanity, and an
I fall into this latter category of responses and what
follows is based on my analysis of the message and the possibility that it
is a genuine communication to global humanity from an ET race.
Who Wrote the Message?
The author of the message is Jean Ederman, a French pilot, air traffic
controller and airport manager, who claims to have been given the Message by
a visiting group of 'benevolent ETs' after ‘mentally projecting himself into
their space’. On
his website he describes a number of experiences he has had with visiting ET races over
the years as well as the experience that produced the Message: “after having
learned how to mentally project myself to a place in the presence of
benevolent ETs, I received the following message on behalf of their
Ederman’s method of communication falls into a category that is described
either as ‘transmission’, ‘channeling’ or ‘telepathic thought exchange’.
Such a form of communication is not unusual when it comes to analyzing the
literature on ETs since many researchers/former government employees have
commented on this.
For example, Sergeant
Dan Sherman has written extensively of his participation in ‘Project Preserve Destiny’,
a secret US National Security Agency communication project that used
psychics for establishing contact with ET races.
If one accepts the reality
of an ET presence on the planet that has been known by various
military-intelligence agencies and governments around the planet since at
least the 1940’s and not disclosed to most elected officials or the general
public, then telepathic forms of communications with ETs is
very viable. The ability to insert thoughts/images into the auditory-visual
portions of the human brain either by telepathic means or electronic, has
apparently been mastered by both visiting ET cultures; and, more
This suggests that Ederman’s claimed communication with ETs may be genuine.
The difficult question is how do we ascertain whether it is genuine or not?
One way is to look for clues in Ederman’s own experiences and writings
concerning ETs, the other way is to examine the Message itself in terms of
textual clarity, coherence, and its political content as far as ETs are
In examining Ederman’s website and his writings, one finds a chronology of Ederman’s experiences with ETs that date from 1977. He provides descriptions
of ET technology that while technical in nature, are not that difficult to
conceptually grasp. Much of his material is consistent with the material
provided by well-known whistleblowers such as Bob Lazar, a former physicist
Ederman’s technical writings appear to be very well informed, and indicate
someone who is very familiar with advanced ET propulsion, energy and
transportation modalities. Based on his experiences, website material, and
the history of psychic communications with ET races, I find nothing to
dismiss the possibility that Ederman did genuinely achieve telepathic
communication with one or more advanced ET races in the Message to Humanity.
This now takes me to a textual analysis of the Message.
Textual Analysis of Message to Humanity
What immediately stands out in the Message allegedly transmitted by Ederman
is the strange grammar. Phrases are used that are sometimes difficult to
grasp though the ideas behind them are coherent and consistent with the
overall discussion in the text. This grammatical oddity appears to be little
more than a translation problem from French to English.
The integrity of the
message therefore does not appear to be unduly undermined by the translation
problems. In fact, the message appears to be strengthened by the awry
grammar in a way that indicates this may have been an intentional aspect
behind the message, and the choice of a non-English speaker by the possible
ET race(s) behind it.
The odd grammar forces the native English speaker to deviate from the
typical left hemisphere brain processing that dominates when reading textual
information. The left-brain processing of information tends to be analytical,
logical, and reductive. The pondering of the strange grammar forces English
speakers to use the right brain hemisphere where the processing of
information is more creative, intuitive and expansive.
If a more advanced
culture wanted to communicate to the general mass of humanity, and in the
process shift individuals from using left brain dominant processes, to right
brain dominant processes in order to more fully appreciate the content and
significance of the Message, then translation from a non-dominant global
language into the dominant language used on the internet would go a long way
in achieving this purpose.
The overall text is coherent and consistent, and indicative of someone with
a high degree of intelligence and conceptual sophistication. He is able to
express a range of complex issues in an accessible manner, despite the
grammatical difficulties the English reader encounters when reading the
French translation. More importantly, the text brings together a range of
issues that combine together very well to frame the essential question posed
by the text: “Do You Wish that We Show Up?”
The organization of the text
suggests someone who is familiar with the issues and concepts being
discussed, and is competent in communicating this to others.
Ederman’s style is deliberative and purposive, rather than discursive or
didactive. This is indicative of someone who wants to ‘inform’ others
than ‘impose’ beliefs on others. The message outlines the choices humanity
has in dealing with a range of problems it has, rather than telling humanity
what to do. The message makes clear what the ETs recommend, but does so in a
way that leaves the choices up to humanity to decide.
This suggests that the
writer, is not setting out to establish a new philosophy or religion, but
merely acting as a vehicle for transmission of the Message. My overall
conclusion based on my analysis of the text is that Ederman is a rational
intelligent individual, intent on faithfully communicating a message he has
received, rather than concocting a story for a hidden agenda due to some
psychological need for attention or ego gratification.
The choice of a non-English
speaker also appears to be significant in how the majority of humanity would
process the Message.
This takes me now to a political analysis of the
(Exo)Political Analysis of the Message to Humanity
The content of the Message refers to different ET races that have interacted
with various governments:
“There are two ways to establish a cosmic contact with another
via its standing representatives or directly with individuals without
distinction. The first way entails fights of interests, the second way
brings awareness. The first way was chosen by a group of races motivated by
keeping mankind in slavery, thereby controlling Earth resources, the gene
pool and human emotional energy. The second way was chosen by a group of
races allied with the cause of the Spirit of service. We have, at our end,
subscribed to this disinterested cause and introduced ourselves a few years
ago to representatives of the human power who refused our outstretched hand
on the pretext of incompatible interests with their strategic vision.”
The reference to different
ET races interacting with representatives of
global governments immediately stands out for those not familiar with (exo)political
studies of the ET presence. The Message suggests that the orientations and
agendas of ETs differ widely. This will be quite disturbing for those
attempting to grasp the implications of an ET presence in the first place,
let alone the idea of different ET races with diverse agendas and activities.
In an on-line study paper that examines the degree to which ET races have
infiltrated the military-intelligence communities in the United States (see
I distinguish between three broad categories of ETs and the different
ET races that fall into these in terms of their respective activities, agendas
and philosophies. The categories are the ‘good shepherd’, ‘protective parent’
and the ‘wise elder’. The 'good shepherds' are those ET races that
humanity as a resource as outlined in the Message.
The ETs fitting into this
category are well described by researchers such as Dr
Budd Hopkins, and
David Icke. There is extensive evidence that these races do little more than use
humanity as a resource, and work with military-intelligence agencies in ways
that involve extensive human rights abuses (see
The 'protective parent' ETs basically behave like parents (our
ancestors) who are concerned to protect their 'children' or ‘starseeds'.
References to some members of this group of ETs are made by scholars such as
Zecharia Sitchin who describe how humanity was seeded and
protected by a ‘benevolent’ faction of ETs led by
Enki, and by popular
authors such as Ruth Montgomery who published a number of popular books in
the 1970s and 1980s describing the benevolent activities of visiting ET
Finally, the 'wise elders' are ET races that essentially observe, offer
counsel and don't really intervene at all except to offer advise that is
empowering. Their overall intention appears to be one of assisting humanity
by empowering it to resolve its myriad problems, rather than protecting
humanity by physical intervention when the situation gets out of control.
Popular ‘channels’ such as
Barbara Marciniak describe this group of
ETs and how they attempt to empower humanity in
seeking human solutions to global problems that are linked to the histories
of competing ET groups.
My analysis is that the ET race that apparently communicated with
in the 'protective parent' category. This is evidenced in the concern the
ETs in the Message display with the human predicament and the sense of
urgency they have in terms of the little time they argue humanity has. They
show special concern for the situation created by ‘official representatives’
of humanity entering into agreements with the 'good shepherd' ETs (trading
ET technology for human biological specimens, permitting ET underground
bases, and experiments on human subjects).
However, the ETs in the Message
do not appear to be in the category of self-empowering ETs since they make
clear their desire to assist humanity by some act of physical intervention
that overrides the agreements reached by humanity’s political
‘representatives’ with good shepherd ETs. The underlying idea here is that
without such physical intervention, the majority of the human population
will eventually succumb to the covert agendas orchestrated by political
elites and good shepherd ETs.
The ET’s communicating in the Message are very respectful as evidenced by
their asking for humanity’s permission and they appear to be quite guarded
in what they can offer. Their reference to a hierarchy of ETs to which they
report suggests that they are following galactic protocols laid down by more
developed ET races for intervention on planets such as Earth. Such protocols
are described in the work of Alfred Webre who conducted research into
different forms of communication with visiting ET races:
It appears from the Message that the ET race involved has most likely gained
permission by more evolved ETs (wise elders), to ask humanity the question
concerning possible ET intervention. It seems that the transparent purpose
is that nothing would be lost in asking the question. Even if humanity
collectively said no or wasn't ready to say yes, that would help sharpen
human awareness, make humanity more alert to the problems confronting it (the
most immediate being to reveal the full extent of all government agreements
with ET races) and finally help empower humanity.
Thus far, my (exo)political analysis of the Message is quite consistent with
the research I have conducted on the political implications of the ET
presence. The message is sophisticated in its analysis of the political
problems caused by ETs visiting the planet and the consequences of the
agreements they have reached with the military-intelligence communities that
have ‘represented’ global humanity. I now look at one further possibility
that might cast doubt on the genuineness of the message.
One possibility that has been raised is that the message is a form of
sophisticated disinformation. The military-intelligence community in the US
and elsewhere has developed sophisticated disinformation strategies to
distract UFO/ET researchers, misdirect their meager resources to
unproductive areas, create division in the UFO/ET research community, or to
simply confuse and create uncertainty.
The primary goal of such
disinformation is to direct attention away from any information that might
threaten the non-disclosure policy of the military-intelligence community.
The Message, on the contrary, achieves precisely the opposite. It has
achieved a growing degree of public attention by disseminating information
that undermines efforts by the military-intelligence community and
responsible political representatives to deny the reality of the ET presence.
The Message directs attention to the culpability of human ‘representatives’
in establishing agreements with extraterrestrial races that have led to
abuses of individuals and global humanity more generally. This reference to
the culpability of the military-intelligence community is not something that
this community desires to become public as evidenced in efforts to cover up
cases such as human rights abuses in shared military-extraterrestrial
Due to the orientation
and effect of the Message, and consistency with results of my own research
on the extraterrestrial presence, I conclude that it is not government
Conclusion: Is the Message to Humanity a Genuine ET Communication?
As a result of my analysis of Ederman’s background, intellectual abilities,
and technical knowledge, nothing stands out as excluding the possibility
that his Message constitutes a genuine communication from an
analysis of the political implications of the Message indicates that it is
consistent with the basic facts concerning the ET presence. It does not
appear to be the case that the Message is ‘disinformation’ by covert
branches of the military-intelligence community. My overall conclusion is
that the Message is a genuine communication to global humanity from an
race. The question that then arises is do we give permission to this
or races to physically intervene in human affairs?
Certainly, the myriad difficulties caused by the military-intelligence
communities entering into technology exchange agreements with some ET
factions, maintaining secrecy over these, consuming vast ‘black budget’
resources, not releasing the technology to the civilian sector, and the vast
damage done to the global environment from using predatory technologies,
constitutes a global crisis.
This is nowhere better exemplified than in the
energy arena where it appears that fossil fuel dependence would be redundant
if the technology available from ET races were made available to the general
public. Having a physical ET intervention would assist in addressing these
issues, but it would have to happen in a way that empowers global humanity,
rather than make it dependent on the ET helpers that appear on the scene to
My recommendation is that we should welcome the Message.
Rather than say yes to the question, ‘Do You Wish That We Show Up?’ say
‘thanks for asking us’, and we'll see what answer we can come up with. We
need to develop very quickly a set of ground rules for what we would like in
terms of an ET intervention, and something along the lines of a ‘Code of
Conduct’ to govern subsequent interactions.
Coming up with such agreements
by groups of ‘individuals without distinction’ willing to contribute to such
an endeavor will take time, dialogue and negotiation amongst many who are
still unsure or fearful of the ET presence.
I believe that what's most
important about the message is its self-empowering potential, and the hope
that those individuals who best represent ‘enlightened global humanity will
in time work out a consensus over what needs to be done in responding to an
offer of assistance from a service oriented ET race or races.