Well, first off, I used to believe there was a good possibility there were ghosts, witches, alien visitations, big foot / sasquatch / yeti, etc. I have to admit I never believed in demons, angels, psychic powers, or the ability to see into the future.
Guess where I learned it was all baloney? The Art Bell Coast to Coast AM show. The guests were either not credible obvious hoaxers, or the stories from the more credible guests were completely full of holes. It those were the best advocates to be found, then it was all BS. But I get it - people want to believe. Great, have a blast.
Second, I've seen UFOs myself. Twice. Two together, and one upclose. Neither time could they possibly have been mistaken weather balloons or any of the rest of the things skeptics say. It's just that I believe they were experimental military craft, not from some other planet and flown by aliens. Occam's Razor. Other unexplained phenomena is just that, unexplained, and could have any number of explanations. So what?
So that's strike one and two on your theory. Care to go for strike three?
I can relate to that. Sadly many guests on coast to coast are indeed trying to make money or even worse are paid disinfo agents.
It is sad that all the hoaxers out there ruin it for people to the point where they get so sick of being lied to that their mind sort of closes up to certain topics.
I feel only 1-3% of these things are real however that small percentage is so infinitely fascinating that it is worth it to me, to search through all the heaping amounts of bullcrap.
I also had a similar experience where i seen a craft that very well could have been military aircraft except for the fact that it seemed to be able to read my mind and do some impossible turns and acceleration, at least impossible for something you normally see in the sky.
If that type of technology exists then also the technology to clone and manufacture "fake aliens" also exists which makes things even harder.
I come from more of the school and the reason this technology is advancing so quickly is because there are literally demi-gods up there handing us this technology occasionally..