While we here in Louisiana were busy waiting for Barry (and waiting, and waiting again), a strange event started to sweep across the nation.
Officially dubbed "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us," the Facebook group, and those involved, allegedly intend to push their way into the government property to see the aliens they claim the government has hidden.
How do they plan to do this? Let's take a closer look at their precise details into the infamous closed facility.
"We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens."
Naruto running, for those unfamiliar, demands the person run quickly with their arms straight behind them, similar to the manga icon by the same name. I’m assuming this is to minimize all wind resistance they might incur when sprinting.
What do you think Area 51 is used for?— The Vermilion (@TheVermilion) July 15, 2019
Though I'm guessing the movement started for the memes that would accompany it, the event has grown to a whopping 1.9 million people checking the green "going" box on Facebook; that's insane for an event that only started on July 4 just to “see them aliens” on the mysterious government grounds.
Shrouded in questions, Area 51 invokes a particular human curiosity into its nature; we seek out what's held from us. Area 51 could really just have military technology the government tests. It could also have absolutely nothing in it. Until the public knows for sure, there will always be a certain undeniable appeal to it.
I think it's that appeal that has so many signed up to storm the place. It's the temptation to know. It's the apple in the garden of Eden. It's the knowledge that calls out. Maybe Area 51 holds aliens, perhaps it doesn't. Whatever the case is we feel an insatiable need to know.
For argument's sake, let's say there are aliens in Area 51. I'm not ashamed to admit I believe Earth isn't the only planet with life on it; I don't necessarily believe that they look like tiny green men with giant heads, nor do I think they resemble Sigourney Weaver's terrifying monstrosities, but I do think we're not alone.
Are we ready as humanity to know for sure that we are not alone in the universe? Can humans, with our humanly egos process we may not be the end all be all? Here on Earth, people have found a way to dominate every aspect of our world, and we've ventured beyond it. We're conquerors by nature, the survival of the fittest is woven into our DNA. Are we prepared to know that, as humans, we may just be moderately advanced? I'm unsure.
Granted, the maker of this "Storm Area 51" event has specified on the page that no one actually plans on running towards Area 51. Still, I'm unsure if all 1.1 million people that are signed for the event are aware the event isn't actually happening.
Event Air Force Spokeswoman Laura McAndrews made a statement on the incoming "storm" and their preparations to come.
"(Area 51) is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets."
Maybe, let’s just stay out of Area 51 for now.