And, just as there has never been one single piece of evidence to actually prove the existence of alien-piloted UFOs, the existence of all these ancient wonders and the inability of so many examiners to explain how they may have been fabricated, or why, does not automatically lead to a conclusion that they were inspired by ancient aliens visiting this planet.
We live in a world where many, many people enjoy fantasy. Consider the popularity of the Harry Potter movies. Having an affinity for fantasy is not, in itself, harmful.
It’s when that affinity turns into a more powerful belief that the fantasy may have some basis in fact that problems arise, and some people begin to believe the most outrageous explanations for phenomenon that they themselves cannot explain.
For instance, the Nazca Plain figures and miles-long straight lines are suggested to be — by these alien visitor prognosticators — designed to welcome these visitors and to provide landing strips for their craft, since the figures and lines can only be appreciated by one flying over them.
Compare this thesis to the “crop circles,” which have become popular in the last few decades. The crop circles can only be appreciated from overhead, by airplane or balloon. And yet, we now know these creations were made by pranksters, on the ground, utilizing the simplest of devices and without being able to see the finished product until someone flew over them.
Why should the creation of the crop circles be viewed any differently from the creation of the Nazca figures? And, in fact, some archaeologists have recently suggested that the fabricators of the Nazca figures may have been able to go aloft in some manner of hot air contrivance, certainly not a more fantastic premise than the visitation of extraterrestrials.
There are indeed ancient phenomenon that are truly amazing, and many still defy explanation, but these do not automatically translate into visitors from outer space. The works of nature and the creativity of man are wonders to behold, for their simple beauty and their complexity.
Even though it would take several years, huge outlays of funds and the utilization of masses of modern machinery to build the Great Pyramid of Cheops today, that does not negate the ability of the Egyptians to harness the work of great masses of people to create the same structure over a longer period of time.
And the idea that some vastly superior race of beings once (or much more often, if you give account to the alien visitor theorists) visited this planet, a tiny grain in an almost limitless universe, is far more difficult to swallow than the idea that our forebears were incapable of producing the achievements that so puzzle us today.
A space-traveling alien would have to be as lucky at finding Earth as any of us would be in finding a single specific grain of sand on all the beaches of this world.
Fantasize if you will, but lend credence sparingly.