This whole matter falls immediately into one of the Vicar's favorite categories - the realm of things we cannot deny because they are by definition unknown - and it is well worth learning about if one has no prior exposure to the topic. This is not only because the Deros and the various tales of Richard Shaver (known collectively as "the Shaver Mystery") have been proposed as influential with respect to modern science fiction and ufology. It is also because the possibility really does exist that Richard Shaver was not nearly so crazy as his detractors insist.
The existence of beings that cohabitate with our type of humanity is the subject of extensive debate, and has been throughout history. This was once the common wisdom, that we are not alone on the earth, in it, or beyond it. In science, that which has no direct evidence in support of it is considered unproven, and is generally described to the lay population as "bullshit". But this is not an honest rendering, as many of us are well aware. In fact, it is extremely dishonest to present a thing for which one has no evidence as being unworthy of research because it is labelled as "fantasy" or else, "science fiction". This was Richard Shaver's struggle. In essence, what he asserted made him a prime target for identification with the diagnosis known as paranoid schizophrenia. This neat little disorder makes one deeply wary and likely to invent all manner of bizarre forces and beings responsible for various delusions and hallucinations and related weird beliefs. In fact, it is very often the case that one's whole thesis will be received by psychiatric and therapeutic professionals with immediate doubt and rejection - at least internally, if not also in therapeutic sessions. This gives rise to a bit of a paradox, to which the Vicar has decided to put his name.
Here then is the statement of the "Vicar's Paradox": The unbelievable will be rejected even when it is absolutely true.
The Vicar's argument can be summed up by the statement that when information produces dissonance with respect to an accepted context, the information will be ruled "untrue", "inadmissible", or "fraudulent", no matter how compelling. This is why we may expect that even if an alien body were delivered to a major research organization, it would be either rejected as a hoax or else concealed entirely from the public. In essence, the accepted contexts by which we judge reality cannot stand up to fundamental challenges. For this precise reason, Galileo Galilei was persecuted by the Inquisition. More significantly, offers by Galileo to his accusers to view evidence of heliocentrism through a telescope were rejected out of hand... no doubt because any evidence contrary to accepted contexts is inevitably the Devil's work.
|This guy is the Lord of Night and Shadow, the Master of Deceit, and the Infernal Archaeologist...|
Those who have experienced the truly Fortean will understand at once that this paradox is a very real concern. It can ultimately be life-threatening, and perhaps even species-threatening. Our capacity for survival in this universe is linked on a long enough timescale to our ability to recognize veracity in the absence of validation. No matter how great a level of technical refinement is achieved, an absence of imagination and spiritual awakening yields a depraved and decadent existence.
For Richard Shaver, the infernal apotheosis of this condition were the Deros. He identified the term with a phrase that runs something like, "Destructive Robots," or else, "Detrimental Robots". But the term was really an effort on the part of its inventor to describe what he identified as a powerful and relatively evil species that directly manipulates and preys upon humankind. To Shaver, the Deros were responsible for disappearances, some natural disasters, unexplained objects in the skies, and a host of what his contemporaries and moderns would classify as delusions and hallucinatory flights of fancy. Shaver's Deros were supposedly possessed of devices capable of manipulating human thought and inserting ideas directly into human minds. In short, the Deros caused some individuals to be seen as mad - particularly when what the individuals were reporting or describing ran dangerously close to revealing the whole and awful truth. Also, the Deros were said to eat people after engaging in sexual sadomasochistic torture of their victims.
Things beyond common human understanding &/or human perception may well exist; the Vicar would argue plainly that they are absolutely in existence or at least likely to have been so, or that such things will exist in the future. Given a sufficiently long periodicity, the future will give rise to those who can alter or otherwise transit in time, meaning that beings from the future frequent this and all other periods in cosmic reality. That said, in a sufficiently bifurcated system (here, a system in which there is a clear divide between the accepted "probable" and the unaccepted "improbable"), the mainstream view will periodically be upset by unacceptable evidence. When this evidence is physical, it will be lost or destroyed. When this evidence is experiential or phenomenological (as in, many witnesses see a bigfoot, or a UFO sighting report involving a landing leaves bizarre and otherwise inexplicable physical evidence in a farmer's field) it will be labelled an anomaly and all further investigatory activity will be cancelled or otherwise interdicted. When the evidence is compelling - regardless of its form - it will be marginalized and subjected to commentary which confuses the issues and obfuscates the value of the data. Mere "reports" of weird activity will be labelled hoaxes, nonsense, imagination, the result of chemical entertainment, or else insanity.
All of this occurs for a simple root reason: we do not accept as a collective intelligence any information that fundamentally contradicts the perceptions of the age. If the ancients believed in fairies, then odd goings on were the work of fairies, and little more needed to be known. But in modern times, we believe in biochemistry and physics and hard mathematically-based sciences. Odd goings on must either be readily explainable as mundane within these contexts, or else they are immediately rejected. The outlier cannot be integrated into the current composition of human collective consciousness, whatever the era. The witch-hunters of old would not have accepted arguments founded upon the DSM-IV-TR for example; this would have been nonsense and very likely the work of the devil, since it would have interdicted the collective mandate to resolve such matters with torture and immolation. The coming future society in which the wealthy elite are able to confer upon their children the grossly disproportionate benefits of genetic manipulation technology will regard spiritual objections - and the inevitable spiritual revelations or visitations - to such conditions as manipulative terrorism. Our own age is marked in much the same way: no cause is ever just when it employs violence, except "our own" causes, since our view is right and all contrary perceptions are wrong.
|The CEO of the future will bring new meaning to the phrase, "The boss is gonna rip my head off!"|
Sans the agency of the Gods, we'd have had a difficult time explaining to a Sumerian of Ur that men would one day build machines with which to fly. By reverse "engineering", we must wonder at Daedalus and Icarus: is this a myth, or a recollection of a man and his son developing hang gliding technology in the misty ancient past?
|Richard Shaver - writer, artist, madman, witness|
Tools and implements lack the essential human quality of possessing a soul; moreover, they lack active intellect, emotion, and volition. There are a vast number of differences between the human understanding of the world and raw data absorbed or otherwise captured by a mechanism. The oddity in scientific inquiry turns upon this; the fact that we would trust data captured remotely or in the absence of human experience over the direct evidence we access with our own senses tells us that the fundamental guiding principle of evidence gathering is that we cannot trust human beings. We cannot trust ourselves. We cannot hope to imbue any of what we experience directly with any validity. In psychology, we often argue that what an individual perceives is very different from the reality around them. There is an assumption that an objective reality exists, and that subjective reality is innately flawed.
Richard Shaver said he went underground to see a city run by the Deros; his detractors point out that Shaver spent time in the care of psychiatrists. Which is true? In 1971, Shaver's editor and publisher, Ray Palmer (an equally interesting fellow whose influence is still felt in science fiction today) stated that he believer Richard Shaver spent 8 years in a mental institution.
The world is still greatly unknown to our species, so the possibility that we share it with another race of technically advanced, evolutionarily sophisticated entities is open. But the undercurrent in Shaver's discussion of the Deros is not dissimilar to the metaphorical coding of the Secret Language. It appears to reference existing in a controlled state, where thoughts are the result of inserted programming. And the Deros themselves delight in torture and cruelty as well as in destroying independence.
One must wonder, was Shaver talking about a race of advanced beings living under the earth? Or was he talking about the psychiatric industry as it existed in his day and which he had directly experienced? Did Richard Shaver undergo electroconvulsive therapy? Was he subjected to the brutality of psychiatric treatment and its sacred role of enforcing conformity and obedience?
|Sure, because this is reasonable...|
|The drawing Kenneth Arnold produced to describe his sighting.|
Paranoia is contagious.