By Wayne Saalman
[Photo by Kal Visuals]
WHAT WE SECRETLY BELIEVE, or profess to believe, whether to ourselves alone or to others in private, or again to others in a public setting, says so much about who we really are. This is especially true when it comes to conspiracy theories, which are currently proliferating as never before thanks to social media.
There is no mystery about this latter point. Social media, as we all know by now, is a total free-for-all. Anyone can say anything he or she wishes and with as much passion, fervency and vitriol as desired.
Having read scores of books on the topic and subsequently written several novels dealing with the “Illuminati”, I know firsthand how exciting it can be to feel as if you are finally being let in on the greatest secrets in all of history. Conspiracy theories make for compelling reading. They also make for jaw-dropping conversations. They are especially arresting for people who find our general everyday reality much too boring and mundane.
As well, to think that something seriously more sinister is going on behind the scenes renders all of the horrid events in history — the scandals, thieveries, double crosses, murders and wars — not only much more captivating, but comprehensible. After all, it makes far more sense that a terrible event that occurs is due to the machinations of a disaffected group of individuals who have an agenda and a strategy for achieving a certain political or religious end, than it does to think that a violent, random happenstance occurs for no reason whatsoever. This is especially true when we see how total innocents get caught up in this kind of mayhem.
Conspiracy, in the end, is about confrontation, not cooperation. It is not about trying to sit down and work out differences. It is not about making sure that no innocents get caught up in the crossfire.
Unfortunately, this has led to our daily news reports being full of horror.
On the other hand, there have been positives that have come from the work of conspiring individuals. Cruel kings and malicious dictators have been overthrown. Despotic cults have been forced to give up their destructive behaviors. Democracies have been established and given the kind of support that has allowed them to thrive.
In other words, as with everything, the best and the worst of humanity rises up, some of it malicious and some of it for the greater good.
The central question for every individual who finds him or herself colluding with or simply supporting a certain conspiratorial network is this: “Is this movement based on love or fear?” If there is a spirit of love, the thrust is of a positive nature. If the effort is to sow fear, then the thrust is of a negative nature and is ultimately harmful because there is a level of hate behind that intent.
We do reap what we sow, like it or not. The karmic impact of any action, in other words, will align with the essence of any individual’s or group’s intent.
Of course, we all want events to make sense and most of us prefer to believe that we are on the side of the good rather than on the side of evil. Even a hellion like Hitler, however, thought he was doing good for his people, which muddies the water considerably when we try to assert that anyone is purely good or purely evil.
Yes, it’s difficult for most of us to see how anyone could think that actions steeped in violence could be seen as “good” in any way, shape or form. How an event like World War II could have spiraled so out of control is a clear example of how manipulation and fear can overwhelm people who otherwise would never indulge in such destructive behaviors.
The point here is that these are very politically polarized times which we are currently living in and we must all be very careful about what we say and do as we go about our lives in such a climate.
After all, the mirror of conspiracy reflects every face that stares into it.
What does your mirror say about you?