As Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken, the renowned American journalist, essayist and satirist(September 12, 1880 – January 29, 1956) was quoted as saying –
‘The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts. He ascribes all his failure to get on in the world, all of his congenital incapacity and damfoolishness, to the machinations of werewolves assembled in Wall Street, or some other such den of infamy’
A veritable blogger of his day, or at least he would have been if he had lived to see the advent of the Internet, he was accused of hating everything. In his defence he said,
‘It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office’
I think most of us, well those of a certain age, are familiar with the silent movie theme of the frail damsel in distress tied to the railway line in the path of a thundering express train as the wicked landowner, dressed in black, twiddled his moustache looked on from afar. In the nick of time a brave stalwart and hero of the piece leaps forth and rescues her. (Perils of Pauline, film serial, 1914)
I think this is why the conspiracy theorists catch the public eye in ever increasing numbers.
For the damsel in distress, read the hoodwinked public standing in harm’s way. For the wicked landowner, read secret departments of the government and ruthless corporations. The conspiracy theorists are, of course, the stalwart brave souls standing up against City Hall or Wall Street on our behalf.
All very public spirited you might think but in their eagerness to enlighten us mere mortals, disinformation creeps in to make stories more sensational, thereby driving their point home. Sometimes the disinformation reaches total fabrication.
Conspiracy theories abound and I’m sure we all know at least two or three. The most prevalent are that Fracking, to release lots of cheap and badly needed energy, causes earthquakes and contaminates water supplies and that chemicals are being sprayed by untrackable aircraft into our skies in an attempt to mind control and subjugate the masses by corporations or governments.
Now, other than saying I don’t believe the conspiracies above, I do not intend to waste my time and blog space in discussing these stupidities.
I will, however, quote Mark Twain who said,
‘A lie will travel half way round the world before the truth has put its shoes on’
These theories can be positively harmful, particularly in the case of Fracking’, where some states in the US have banned the practice and this has spread to other countries, denying the people readily available and cheap energy to help the world’s beleaguered economy.
The concern I have is the speed at which the theory arrives and the rate at which it spreads. My own conspiracy theory is that there a central intelligence base, run by the Illuminati (Google it! There no room in this post to explain!), where there are teams of people scouring the news on a daily basis and then triggering the seeds of the next conspiracy. Their end is to destabilise the world to ensure they maintain their control.
That is something of which the KGB in the old Soviet Union would have been very proud.
Picture the scene:
‘There has been no real news today, the government must be suppressing the story that lizard aliens morphed into the shape of Elvis Presley are secretly building flying saucers disguised as Loch Ness monsters in a hidden base at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. A previous accident in the manufacturing process at this secret base blew off the wellhead that caused the big oil leak…..’.
The most disgraceful of these appeared on my Face Book page the day after the Boston Marathon bombing which claimed that the attack had been carried out by the FBI to mask the fact that George W Bush and Barack Obama were to be indicted for war crimes! This was the one that initiated my present rant. Low life imbeciles! (The conspiracy theorists, I mean!).
However, remember this, even if you’re paranoid there could still be people out to get you – but if they are don’t tell me about it!