"I Know What I Saw"

It seems the content of one thread opens up ideas for another where something can be discussed in depth. In the thread “What Makes a Good Witness to a UFO Sighting” it was mentioned that if someone says “I know what I saw” then it wouldn’t be a UFO sighting since by definition UFO sightings are “I don’t know what I saw”. This was countered with a comment that a lot of times “I know what I saw” pertains to a description of the incident in it’s entirety and not the identification of the object witnessed.

The National UFO Reporting Center is being flooded with sighting reports with so many of the witnesses stating they are absolutely certain of what they saw but they don’t know what it was. Just in the last day I’ve talked with 2 people who have had experiences and their exact words oddly enough were “I know what I saw”. Just exactly what is the need to use this term or something similar?

In the past and even in the present but less so, a person describing a UFO sighting incident might be labeled a “nut case” and now its fashionable for cynics to tell people to adjust their tin foil hat. What’s the alternative for people who don’t want such hate ridicule sent in their direction? Be silent about it. One of the people I talked to yesterday said she had her experience 30 years ago and I was the first person she had mentioned it to but then boldly she said “I know what I saw!”.

“Swamp gas”…”Mass hallucination”…”Ball lightning”…”Meteor”…those are the “official” explanations of what you saw unless you want to be labeled as a tin foil hat wearing nut case.

I went to the market today, bought a few things, stood in line and the lady ahead of me was buying a bunch of vegetables and she looked healthy. The cashier was friendly when I checked out, gave me the receipt and said “Have a nice day”….I know what I saw.

I was walking my dog and spotted 3 coyotes going through the neighborhood and had seen some before. My dog got agitated and we headed back home…I know what I saw.

I was driving at night on a long desert stretch with a friend and we saw a light traveling in the sky behind us seeming to keep pace with the car. I told my friend what I was seeing and she then saw it too. I told her to stop and when she did the light did as well. When we started again the light began to move with us as well. There was no sound. We turned around quickly to go in the opposite direction and the light turned and slowly moved away from us…I know what I saw.

The difference with these three stories is that the 3rd one is the one that was told to me yesterday and the person hadn’t talked about it for 30 years. Why? What are the social mechanisms that are in place that keep people from talking about such things as they would about going to the store or walking their dog?

Shouldn’t this be a topic that is looked at with great interest and talked about openly with enthusiasm? Have you had experiences where you “Knew what you saw” and yet are hesitant to talk about them with others? Do you know others who may have opened up to you about an experience but have been close lipped about it with others?

Why is it that these two people after telling me their story feel the need to adamantly state “I know what I saw”? What is going through their mind while telling me the details? Are they thinking the events were sort of crazy and now the person they’re telling it to will think THEY are crazy and thus have to declare “I know what I saw”?

Looking forward to everyone’s thoughts on this.

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