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Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Conspiracy World - View : The Best Excuse For Doing Nothing

By Jim Ashley

Conspiracy theorists often speak of a huge cabal, consisting of and being run by the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Illuminati, the Masons and the "New World Order".

But, if you've followed conspiracy theorists—people like Alex Jones—for awhile, you will notice that they never offer any hard, concrete evidence that points DIRECTLY to any conspiracy.  They do say, however, that all one has to do is read the newspapers and history books and you'll be able to put two and two together and discover any conspiracy that they say exists, including that age-old cabal they're always warning people about.

But sandwich-board "end of the world" prophets scream the same kind of things on sidewalk corners.  They, too, tell you that all you have to do is look.  "The End Times are here!  The signs are everywhere!"  Those "signs", however, could be interpreted any way you want to and never do they constitute evidence.

The conspiratorial view of history--with all of its conspiracy theories--is not history, not philosophy and not truth.  It is just another form of mysticism.  That is not because it bypasses the need for sensory evidence like religious faith does to arrive at a belief or a concept—after all, the basic data is accessible to anyone (“the signs are everywhere”)—but because it bypasses the need for accurate percepts (the world-wide “cabal” is an example of an inaccurate percept) to arrive at the concept of conspiracies as the prime mover of history and the first cause of human events.

I'll go further.  That view of the world--that "Weltanschauung"--is not just some innocent, simplistic religious view.  It is psychologically crippling to the extent that someone holds it.  It is like an abused drug, because it puts off until forever the moment when the user must make the choice to accept responsibility for his or her own life.

If one huge, formidable, vaguely outlined conspiracy is responsible for the world's troubles, than the individual has an excuse for all of his or her failings in life; one can then say, "I couldn't achieve my goal because the world-wide, ancient conspiracy was in my way."  Now that person is off the hook, and no longer has to accept one of the hardest responsibilities one can ever have:  the responsibility of working to achieve whatever his or her highest dreams or goals are.

Aside from the fact that maybe such a person never really wanted to achieve those dreams or goals, they are free now to, essentially, coast through life, taking the path of least resistance to whatever goals they may still have.

I’ve called the conspiracy world-view an excuse for doing nothing, but that’s not all it is.  Even more than that, it is a perfect excuse for evading the hardest, most difficult task any of us ever have:  thinking on the highest conceptual level.

If a vague, spread-out, centuries-old world-wide conspiracy “got in my way” and prevented me from achieving my highest goals, then I can point to it and say:  “Because of that, there is nothing I can ever do to achieve my true goals and highest values, so I’ll settle for the second-highest.  I’ll just do what I’ll be allowed to do.”  If that is my mind-set, then I have no reason to question my having those higher goals for my life in the first place.  I don’t have to question anything about my values and what would make me happy.  And, of course, I don’t have reason to check my philosophical premises, do I?  Even though those premises include the idea that we live in a malevolent universe, that the cards are stacked against us and that evil is too big and powerful to defeat.

Of course, that is not me.  I reject those ideas:  those ideas would get in my way, not some conjured up conspiracy.

Whether one is trying to assess the conspiratorial view of history, Islam, New Age mysticism, Communism, Fascism or any other form of irrational or group-think philosophy, one must take responsibility for one’s own thinking and (therefore) for one’s own life.  

Without doing that, an individual can never hope to achieve happiness on the earth that so many conspirators are supposedly trying to take over.

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