You, too, can be an insider…
We all know the story of Adam and Eve, and that lying snake. What a colossal blunder! And all because they wanted to know what somebody else knew. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book. It comes off something like this:
Adam and Eve are enjoying the garden when in strolls this angelic dude looking for a snack. Says he: “What do you have to eat around here?”
The first duo are the picture of hospitality. “We’ve apples, peaches, cherries. We’ve got some vegetables, too. Help yourself!”
And then, they remember… “Oh, except for that tree over there. That’s off limits.”
“Oh, yeah?” says the stranger. “Wussup with that one?”
Truth is, neither of the caretakers know. With so many fruits and vegetables around it didn’t seem like that big a deal. They just knew it would kill them.
“Hmm,” muses the stranger. And then the bait: “Ohhhhh, I get it,” he says.
Suddenly, they’re curious.“Get what?” ask our first parents. What does this guy know that they don’t? They want to know, too. In our world we call it FOMO…fear of missing out. Not only that, they don’t want to feel stupid.
Yup. One of the oldest tricks in the book. They wanted to be on the inside. They, too, wanted to know.
And we all know how that turned out.
There is something satisfying about knowing what others do not. It gives us a leg up, an advantage. It insulates us from being a schmuck, a patsy, a rube… It justifies smug satisfaction. The problem with conspiracy theories is that we often wind up being exactly what thought we were insulating ourselves from. In the end, it makes us look foolish.
I’ve been through a lot of conspiracy theories. I’ve seen the “man behind the curtain” many times. I remember when Henry Kissinger and Juan Carlos of Spain were the anti-Christ. I remember when we were assigning numbers to the Hebrew words so we could figure out all the secrets of history. And who could forget 88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988. I remember Y2K, the Shemitah year and the blood moons. Then there’s the Freemasons, the Illuminati, and Skull and Bones.
And now I hear that Bill Gates and other heartless billionaires, in a display of depraved self-indulgence that makes Hitler look like a Sunday school teacher, are willing to engineer a global pandemic resulting in the indiscriminate death of millions of men, women and children in order to further their diabolical global agenda. It’s a conspiracy! A plot with tentacles circling the world and involving potentially thousands of players. With so many moving parts, you just must ask, where are the whistle-blowers? Is there nobody among the players with a few grains of conscience who is willing to rip the Band-Aid off this malignant evil?
Indeed, you have to wonder. Considering that a handful of conspirators couldn’t keep the lid on the Watergate scandal, what are the chances of somebody pulling off a conspiracy of this magnitude with nobody spilling the beans?
Maybe what we ought to wonder is why we are drawn to this stuff. Is it because, after all these years since Eden, we still want the inside story, We still want to know.
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