Stupid Greed Plus Something Else

On Monday, I said something mysterious and enigmatic:

Well, let me ask you this: Why are we experiencing so much calamity? Why is our world falling apart? Why have our governments become so monstrous? Why has our media become just another voice for the entrenched elite? Why does blatant corruption go unpunished? How (and why) did our monetary system to become so broken? And, how are they getting away with it!?

The answer to all those questions can be completely explained by ‘stupid greed plus something else’.

So, what is this ‘something else’?

Yes?

Yes, you, in the back row…

No, I’m sorry but “It’s a Conspiracy” is an incomplete answer, but thank you for trying.

It’s NOT a conspiracy?!

Well, actually, it is. But, it runs far, far deeper than that. To explain, let me take you back in time a bit.

I grew up surrounded by talk of ‘The Conspiracy’. There was always something senseless and evil that the government was doing, and it was always caused by ‘The Conspiracy’. And, if it was really bad, you called it ‘The Great Conspiracy’.

I bought into this idea for a while before realizing a couple things. Human beings are lousy at the art of conspiracy. And, then I stumbled across an epigram called Hanlon’s Razor, which goes like this:

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. – Robert J. Hanlon

So, I thought, no ‘Grand Conspiracy’ – just a bunch of idiots and a handful of thieves.

This is not to say that I disbelieved in the whole idea of conspiracy. There are (and were) all kinds of small conspiracies going on. When corporations engage in ‘price fixing’, that is a conspiracy. Insider trading is a conspiracy. The American Revolution was the result of a conspiracy. Conspiracies are (and were) all over the place.

The good thing about conspiracies, is when they get too big, they fall apart. Even at the best of times, we human beings are small minded and don’t get along with each other very well. Add a criminal element, and our inability to cooperate gets even worse.

What a great line of reasoning, right?

The idea that conspiracies just don’t work, except at a really low level, allowed me to reorient my worldview into something more palatable. The problems of the world became just background noise. It was all incompetence and petty thievery. But, gnawing away at the back of my mind was the uncomfortable feeling that ‘incompetence and petty thievery’ just did not explain everything that’s going on.

Believe me when I say that I’ve really tried my best to hold on to my ‘normalcy bias’. Like you, I have this irrational desire to live a life of peace and tranquility. I envy people who live within twenty miles of where they were born. I love the idea that the biggest challenge in life is a parent-teacher conference and what lawn mower to buy in the Spring. Boring is awesome, and conspiracy theory is the antithesis of ‘boring’.

But, the problem remains. No matter how much I want to get rid of it and push it to the back of my mind, it keeps rearing it’s ugly head. There is something going on that just cannot be explained in a normal, rational way. In fact, the only way to see what’s going on as normal and rational… well, you’d have to be insane.

So, yes Virginia, there really is ‘Something Else’ going on and it’s not insanity to think so.

But, remember what I said about how impossible conspiracies are? Well, it’s all still true. They just do not work. At least, not without the help of a little something extra…

And, I discovered that ‘little something extra’ just a few weeks ago. It’s called…

wait for it…

RELIGION

Yes, that’s right. Little men in funny clothes, waving hands about and chanting. It may sound ridiculous, but I have found that there is NOTHING better at gluing a conspiracy together than good old-fashioned religion – especially if that religion was created especially for the purpose of conspiracy. (I mean, just look at the success of the Muslim Brotherhood, if you need an example.)

And no, I’m not talking about Judaism, so all you anti semites can go somewhere else. It’s also not Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Zoroastrian or any other ‘ist’, ‘ic’, or ‘ian’. It’s something very, very different.

It’s Luciferian – and not the normal kind that leaps to mind. No, I’m talking about a specific kind of multi-generational Luciferianism that mixes religion with money, power and family. And, it is the most clever deception that I have ever seen.

I am truly in awe.

 – to be continued –

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