A mystery is upon us that reorients the empirical upon a foundation that appears to be shifting, from a world view that is statistic, autonomic and in severe homeostasis to one of curiousity, speculation and dialog, all of which can be traced to a lone Piper Cub piloted by one kenneth Arnold who saw a staged, demonstrative example of reorientation, perhaps an initiation into a superimpostion, a reinvention of the world view that, for centuries, placed us into lockstep with scientific pragmantism.
If anything can be gathered as wheat rather than chaff from the UFO phenomenon, is that the questioning of our critical assumptions is perhaps more important than any answer it could provide us with.
Perhaps we have been compelled to reexamine, in retrospect, what bricks we have placed in a wall that has isolated us from the natural world. How can we place a value upon this? The answer is that perhaps the reenchantment of the rut we find ourselves following without question or self examination is long overdue, and this when all is said and done, after we have looked under every rock, examined every fragment, revisited every assumption, read every book, we will have done for ourselves what no school could have taught us which is to think for ourselves and to question every edict at length.
Whatever or whomever is the origin of this phenomenon that prodded us to move off the mark by moving the markers has done us a great service.
Could we have arrived at such a place without a shock, a deconstructive whack across the back of our heads? I doubt it.