This blog post started life this summer, after the Olympics. It was a time of great celebration in Britain; after all, according to some people we’d dodged at least three bullets over the Olympic period – a nuclear terror attack, the invasion of Earth by inter-dimensional aliens through a portal opened by the Olympic Opening Ceremony or an uprising of the forces of the Illuminati. My original comments can be read in ‘Whoops, No Apocalypse’.
And in December we’re still here….although the Mayans are around the corner…
A day or two ago I again watched the episode of the TV series ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ that triggered this piece in the first place – The Voyager Conspiracy. In this episode, ex-Borg drone Seven Of Nine attempts to download the whole of Voyager’s computer database in to her head, and in the process of doing so gives herself paranoid delusions in which she attempts to put together a narrative from various events that have taken place on the starship, resulting in her almost causing a mutiny as the Captain and her second in command are told different paranoid delusions in which other crew members are conspirators.
The facts of what happened to the ship were correct; the interpretation placed on them by Seven was totally delusional, caused by her mind’s attempt to see connections and causality where non existed. As her theories were questioned by other crew members, she would change them to add new facts, never lying but working things around to support her own point of view, ultimately ending up with the crew not knowing who to trust and going around carrying sidearms!
And I’m afraid that that’s what we’re seeing from a lot of people these days. The Internet has bought a lot of information to a lot of people, and I’m afraid that many folks don’t seem equipped with the critical faculties needed to differentiate between a scientific fact and a stick of rhubarb. And if you dare to suggest that there might be a more simple explanation than the conspiracy theorists are offering, you’re described as a sheep, already brainwashed in to believing what ‘they’ (whether they are lizards, zeta reticulans, organised crime, CIA mind controllers, etc.) wish us to believe. Only the people pushing the right line of conspiracy are truly awake and aware; the rest of us are either unwitting dupes, fellow travelers or part of the enemy.
This isn’t to say that conspiracies don’t happen; they do. But we all need to get a grip on facts as well. Sometimes a gunman is just an evil or insane, rather than being someone who has been conditioned like Jason Bourne to be a killer. And whilst the mind-manipulation techniques of programmes like MK-ULTRA no doubt exist, they’re not used on every bat-shit crazy lunatic.
Cock-up is usually more likely than conspiracy. I have no doubt that on 23rd December when we’ve dodged the Mayan Apocalypse bullet the conspiracy theorists will be coming up with any number of reasons why they’re still right. We can expect calendar issues, successful interventions by aliens or enlightened ones, or even that it DID happen but we didn’t notice it. Me? I have no idea what’s supposed to happen but my money is on nothing at all….
But these conspiracies, propagating around the world and in popular film and TV shows, cause some people a lot of fear and uncertainty. At a time when the world is full of real problems – crashing economies, poverty, hunger and war – perhaps these very capable minds might think how they can apply their intellects to solving a few real-world issues, rather than playing games in which they see themselves as something special – enlightened ones better than the rest of us because ‘they know’.
Whatever it is that they think they know, I’m convinced it’s simply the production of an under-employed, over-fed and over-stimulated mind.