Not All Conspiracy Theories Can Possibly Be Correct!
Something New: A Whole Fabric of Conspiracy Theories Neatly Joined Together
AND JUST WHO ARE THE "ILLUMINATI"?
n unexpected thing has happened. Conspiracy theories have started to become big business! Time was when these theories and their chief theorists and protagonists were confined to the more intellectually murky journalistic underworld. Never taken seriously by anyone for too long but always offering just a little fascination, intriguing diversion and - let's face it - occasionally real amusement.
David Icke has developed a huge following in several countries. His major mentor Betty Shine (who taught him from 1989-1990), told him that he had a mission to "heal the earth," and that "the spirit world" would pass ideas to him. (See quote within the article).
I suppose there were - or are - something like 9-12 main conspiracy theories (plus a dozen or so smaller ones). No, I'm not going to list them all here because most of you reading this will know all about them already. But I will just mention a few of them to ensure you and I are working with a shared understanding:
- 1. We (the US, that is) never went to the moon back in the late 1960s/early 1970s; we just didn't have the technology back then. We simply had to be seen to be beating the Soviets in the 'space race.'
- 2. 9-11 was all staged by the CIA, nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden at all.
- 3. Princess Diana was murdered.
- 4. President Kennedy was killed or murdered, probably by the CIA. Lee Harvey Oswald was only the 'fall guy.'
- 5. The moon is actually a satellite station - not a planet at all - it was put there by aliens millenia ago.
- 6. The ISS (International Space Station) is an elaborate NASA hoax. It glows brightly when you see it because it is so hot - nobody could possibly live inside it.
Okay, that's just four or five of them, I chose them arbitrarily, off-the-cuff, as it were. Of these theories I actually believe that just two or three, possibly even up to four (of the total available selection, that is) are actually basically correct, that is, that these people have indeed hit on some truth which your government and mine does not want you and I to be aware of. For instance, just to take "climate change" dogma, many of us who have carefully researched all the evidence know that current "climate change" philosophy and teaching is the most amazing humbug and nonsense. No, I am not going to state which other theories could be correct because this is a Christian teaching site, not one which deals in conspiracy theories. However, just about three out of the total number probably being essentially correct is not a great return and some of the arguments the conspiracists use are poor; too much shouting, colourful phrasing and emotion, not enough real substance nor compelling evidence. Some conspiracy claims are especially bogus - Did you hear the one which claims that 'Michelle' Obama is actually a man? This idea is being put around by internet conspiracy theory man Alex Jones; you can find it easily on You Tube (if you really want to, that is).
A Huge Following...
So why is all of this becoming a big attraction? Could it be that in a time of uncertainty these theories become more plausible? Could it be because several of the conspiracist 'heavyweights' are now tying many - or even all - of these theories together into one continuous fabric in which a massive and world-wide plot is underway to deprive us all of "secret knowledge" which we all have a right to know? This becomes more appealing, this becomes more intriguing.
So whereas these conspiracy stories were always considered pretty much in isolation from each other, during the last 2-3 years the main 'conspiracy teachers' are seemingly increasingly stitching all of them together into a continuous fabric; so it's not just that maybe two or three of them may be basically correct (with 'spin' and colour added on, of course) but they are all correct. This is what is continually inferred. Yet this becomes incredibly hard to swallow! Probably the most famous conspiracy theorist of them all is British former BBC sports journalist David Icke. Icke can now fill a huge hall several times over. Recently - I am informed - he spoke for something like 6 hours in Sydney (with several comfort breaks). His books sell in huge numbers. According to The Telegraph,
"Since 1998, publishing industry analyst Nielsen calculates that Icke has sold 140,000 copies, worth over £2 million. They have been translated into 11 languages, and he sells "tens of thousands" in Germany, Romania and Sweden." (source: The Telegraph, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/8933565/David-Icke-would-you-believe-it.html).
The above is actually a 2011 report so Icke's book sales will have gone well beyond those figures by now. David Icke's basic style does not change; it is to encourage and foster a real spirit of indignance and outrage among his listeners that a false reality, or false facade, is being repeatedly and regularly presented to the world, with a far more sinister reality hiding just behind the scenes, but he is weak on logical argument and on employing a very careful and painstaking assimilation of facts, and much more interested in whipping up and using emotion, with various grandiose sweeping statements being used. David Icke is obviously a keen student of human nature; he knows that people just love a good conspiracy story, especially those who are not very successful in life: isn't it always easier to blame others for one's failures? Nevertheless, of his many You Tube videos it is inevitable that - on certain arguments - he is actually perfectly correct, but fantasy, colour, exaggeration, and sometimes disputable data often seem to be part of the mix. Maybe the problem here is not entirely Icke himself, maybe his researchers are addicted to an apocalyptic 'shake 'em and scare 'em' worldview.
Icke freely admits that much of his original motivation came from the spirit world and he was very influenced by 'psychic healer' Betty Shine:
...Icke wrote that 1989 was a time of considerable personal despair, and it was during this period that he said he began to feel a presence around him. He often describes how he felt it while alone in a hotel room in March 1990, and finally asked: "If there is anybody here, will you please contact me because you are driving me up the wall!" Days later, in a newsagent's in Ryde, he felt a force pull his feet to the ground, he wrote, and heard a voice guide him toward some books. One of them was Mind to Mind (1989) by Betty Shine, a psychic healer in Brighton. He read the book, then wrote to her requesting a consultation about his arthritis.... Icke visited Shine four times. During the third meeting, on 29 March 1990, Icke felt something like a spider's web on his face, and Shine told him she had a message from Wang Ye Lee of the spirit world. Icke had been sent to heal the Earth, she said, and would become famous but would face opposition. The spirit world was going to pass ideas to him, which he would speak about to others. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Icke).
For most conspiracy theorists, the world is not really in the control of the politicians which we can all see - they are just part of the facade - the actual and sinister behind-the-scenes controllers are often summed up by the word "illuminati." The politicians whom we can actually see and (in some parts of the world, but not others) actually vote into office, are merely 'puppets on a string' controlled by this mysterious "Illuminati." And just what is this mysterious body? Most conspiracists teach that they are a group of super-wealthy bankers who plot the course of world history, including deciding when to have major wars. Oh, one other thing, in many versions of this story these people are also "reptilian," that is, they are not entirely human but part human and part reptile. Proof of this claim? None exists. Okay, but strong or compelling evidence for this claim? None exists, nevertheless (apparently) we should still believe it. Hmmm! But why should one believe something which does not have a shred of evidence to support it?
Frequently amazing claims are made by all the main conspiracy theorists, not just David Icke, but when pressed for much better detail and evidence, one is told that one needs to read some particular book, or books, for the details; "just read the book, brother, it's all in there!" But it isn't. Recently I have received several complaints about this, to the affect that, when these books are purchased and carefully read right through they in no way provide the requested information and the books usually contain reasoning and suggestions which cannot be substantiated in any way, rather, colour and emotion are continually used to hide the fact that evidence is very seriously lacking for the "facts" which are being presented; so it becomes a circular situation: the speech points to a book or books for the really substantive evidence, but the books point back to the impact of the speeches. But the impact of a talk or speech means nothing, nobody's speeches had more impact than those of Adolf Hitler. Propaganda is not the same thing as hard, cold facts!
Because most conspiracists reject all 'official lines' (official teachings of society and governments), they do obviously occasionally uncover facts which are inconvenient for modern society. As already alluded to, most of them know that current 'climate change' teaching is a nonsense (all climate variations are fully accounted for by sun spot activity - which is well-documented, established science), most have uncovered the fact that evolution (as currently dogmatically taught) is also a nonsense, and there are several similar areas. Unfortunately, this occasional uncovering of truth is too often mixed and seasoned with the most amazing and elaborate nonsense, this ensuring that none of the claims are ever taken seriously. This only encourages the pouring of scorn and ridicule on all such claims (even where - in a very few cases - the claims are possibly true).
One of the The Problems? The New Postmodernist Concept of 'Truth'
Modern western society has gradually slipped onwards from the age of Modernism into the age of Postmodernism. Modernism said that science is always right, that our leaders are always right, that one can believe just about everything one is told by 'officialdom.' But Postmodernism teaches that you and I cannot accept anything at face value at all. It states: there is no ultimate truth - what is 'true' for some will not be 'true' for others. This is Moral Relativism and is in direct opposition to the traditional teaching that ultimate truth exists and we should all endeavour to search for it. In the current philosophical worldview , the conspiracy theories may be said to be certainly true for some, maybe even for many - no longer any need existing to conclusively demonstrate that a particular thing is true. In complete contrast to this, Christianity, for example, is founded and based upon the concept of eternal ultimate truth which is pivotal to everything we believe and do and we should always seek for it and honour it. The present situation immediately puts one in mind of the famous quote of G.K. Chesterton: "If people stop believing in God, the danger is not that they will believe in nothing but they will believe in almost anything." So we now have an 'open field,' believe whatever you want, moreover, you have a fundamental right to believe whatever you want. This is why thousands follow a man who believes that certain people on this planet (apparently, especially major world leaders), are not entirely human, but are partly reptile.
A New Religion?
Some have suggested to me that the sudden dramatic following for a package of conspiracy theories (they are increasingly not separate theories any longer) could well be the beginning of a new religious cult and Mr Icke could be it's first apostle. Sound ridiculous? Yes, it is, but that's just how these things tend to start. Interestingly, several years ago Mr Icke caused a storm when declaring that he was 'the son of God,' though he seems to have distanced himself from that remark ever since, but I watched a You Tube video of people leaving the aforementioned Sydney marathon speech and noted their awestruck comments: they were knocked out, enraptured, a few appeared ready to almost worship Mr Icke there and then; a typical comment seemed to be, "at last somebody is telling us the whole truth." Really? Very worrying.
Robin A. Brace. July 25th, 2016.