The (at the time of this writing still) mystifying disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has, among the myriad terrestrial theories that have been floated, prompted speculation that supernatural forces may have yoinked the Boeing 777 and eloigned it to otherworldly spheres.
Of course, a dearth of earthly explanations regarding a particular puzzle invariably results in our emancipation from constraints upon conventional reasoning. Once human thinking has departed the box and ventured into the realm of the unfalsifiable, anything goes.
No one can prove how the universe came about, for example. Therefore, as any person of faith will insist, a phenomenon referred to as God has created it.
Oddly enough, many a believer in God now reflexively dismisses as hokum any suggestion that preternatural powers may have a hand in the vanishing of Flight 370.
Shouldn’t one assume that the religiously faithful, who obviously have no problem at all when it comes to embracing the mother of all supernatural powers, would be the ones most open to hypotheses involving the paranormal and occult?
Yet at the notion that aliens may have abducted the Malaysian plane, the so-called believers seem to be rolling their eyes even faster than the rest of us. After all, so the logic appears to go, given the absence of credible alien sightings to date, aliens can safely be discounted as a possible explanation for anything.
So some elusive entity called God clapped together the entire universe from scratch in a cakewalk, but no other fey forces exist, and certainly none powerful enough to snatch a comparatively wee airliner off our skies.
Sounds a bit like believing in elves but not in fairies.