Some proponents of alien visitation and alien abduction, such as the late Professor John E. Mack, M.D. of Harvard Medical School, believe that the aliens are motivated by a desire to prevent human beings from continuing on a course of degradation of the Earth's environment. According to Dr. Mack, aliens have a concern for the "desertification of the earth" by humans. Humans have caused poverty, ignorance, and overpopulation, and they risk environmental catastrophe and atomic annihilation. The concerned aliens are "educating" abductees to warn us of what is to come if we do not change our behavior.
Is it possible that there is a psychological relationship between Dr. Mack's view of alien concern for desertification of the planet and schizoid fantasy?
In The English Patient, the novel by Canadian poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje, the Cave of Swimmers—the most important of Count László de Almásy’s discoveries—was a cave in the midst of the desert with prehistoric drawings of figures swimming. This proved to Almásy that in Tassali, 6000 years ago, there had been a lake where now there is dryness. The desert is turned by him, in his imagination, into a plentiful sea. This is what a schizoid child does in the midst of deprivation.
Salman Akhtar’s extensive review has shown that rejection, traumatic overstimulation, and neglect in the first two years of life are common in the history of schizoids. The schizoid condition was first described by the Scottish psychoanalyst Fairbairn (1940, 1952) in the 1940s- during the time in which The English Patient is set. Fairbairn found that his patients had withdrawn from parents who were overtly rejecting. They preferred to live in a rich, imaginary world. Many fiction writers are schizoid because the ability to create a vivid inner world in one’s head gives one a head start at writing fiction. The downside is that the schizoid’s sense of other people is impoverished.
Is there a correspondence between the idea of an alien concern for desertification of the Earth's environment and the schizoid child's lived experience of emotionally cold and rejecting parents? Is there a correspondence between the idea of an alien concern for preserving the environment's lush greenery, on the one hand, and, on the other, the schizoid child's preoccupation with a rich and abundantly-gratifying imaginary world -- a world of fantasy?