The root of a conspiracy-theory-mindset
would seem to be us having believed in an "authority" and then having that trust broken later when
realizing the authority doesnt know as much as we hoped.
From childhood on we expect various authorities to know what they are talking about and to give us an accurate account of reality. We ask our parents
various questions. We ask more questions in school. Later, we seek answers from science, religion and the government.
While these "authorities" can answer some questions, they cant answer them all. The problem comes up when they pretend to know the answers to
something and make authorative and absolute statements in order to hide or cover-up that they do not know.
Parents, Teachers, Scientists, Religious Leaders and Politicians seem to have a very difficult time admitting: "I dont know"
not-knowing appears to be a loss of their authority. So they mostly speak in absolutes rather than using words like...
Religion, Science and Politics are most guilty of this, because the populace will not accept that they just dont know everything.
Lying then becomes a part of "keeping face" and maintaining ones authority. Our society is built on lies.
Another main aspect of maintaining authority is to preach and teach non-self-determinism
or heteronomy. Thats what they all have in
The run-of-the-mill religious leader will teach that your reality is not up to you, but up to Gods, Angels and Demons.
The run-of-the-mill scientist and schoolteacher will teach that your reality is not up to you, but mainly to environmental factors and genetics.
The run-of-the-mill politician will teach you that your reality is not up to you, but up to the policies of his party or government.
But do authorities really know what they are talking about?
Personally Ive concluded they often dont have a clue of what they are talking about but only pretend to. The implications of this are staggering
because it withdraws the pretense of security and safety we´ve built around us. Removing this thin-layer of safety that covers the many unknowns, can
make people afraid and angry.
Consider: Neither school nor the media nor our parents nor science nor religion nor our friends are able to tell us with certainty:
Who am I?
Where am I from?
What is the purpose of life?
What is real?
What is important?
They can give us answers to many small questions such as where I have to sign my tax-statement and they can give us the fake impression of choice by
letting us decide whether we want to pay our tax by credit card or bankwire, but they cannot answer the BIG
questions and their attempts to do
so are not satisfying to people who have not lost the ability to think and feel. Examples:
Where are you from?
"We come from God". "OK, where does God come from?".
"We come from the Big Bang." "OK, where does the BigBang come from?"
"I come from Ohio"
Who are you?
"You are the evolutionary product of a chain of chemical reactions and coincidences"
"You are a child of God"
"You are a soul incarnate in a body"
"Who are you? What a stupid question. Your passport says you are Sam"
None of these answers are truly satisfactory
Some brainstorming questions...
Is it not childish to expect authorities to know everything?
Is it not childish for us to pretend to know everything?
Why are we so uncomfortable with temporarily not-knowing?
Isnt not-knowing the drive for learning?
If we relax our firm grasp on reality, would we learn more?
Do we need authorities to tell us who we are?
[edit on 28-10-2008 by Skyfloating]