posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 03:00 AM
Operation Blackjack seems to me to be intimately related to the thread elsewhere on this board on "The Secret", which tells us that it's not enough
to want something to happen, but that you have to believe it will happen.
This explains the bizarre need to foreshadow in the form of a comic.
Mythology hints at this. For example, in the story of Pandora's box, Pandora opens the box and all the evils of the world escape. But there's one
left over in the box - Hope. When I first heard this story, I thought that Hope was sort of a consolation prize with which to combat the evils, but
Hope is like Want - a form of unfinished business, wishful thinking that may or may not be realised. It's not enough to hope, you have to know, you
have to believe. "The Secret" doesn't work if you want or hope.
This is why the ancient Athenians were afraid of hope, they knew the damage it could do. You have to believe things are going to be okay, know that
things are going to be alright. Yoda was right when he said "Do or do not, there is no try", in a cryptic kind of way, because it relates to
knowing you can do it, rather than trying to do it. You have the confidence of knowing, believing, rather than the uncertainty of hoping or
If you now consider Barack Obama's message of "hope and change" to take on an altogether more sinister cast, then you're not alone.
It's sort of encapsulated in the words of a well known song:
My friend the witchdoctor
He told me what to do
My friend the witchdoctor
He told me what to say
He said say
Ooh ah ahh
Walla walla bing bang
Ooh ah ah
Bing bang walla walla
So the message in this silly song is that when you're worried something bad might happen, blow it away with something silly, or realise how silly the
fear is, and you won't believe it any more. It also explains why voodoo and other forms of magic are sympathetic and ritual is based on association
- by going through the motions and speaking or writing out what you want to believe, you begin to believe it. It also explains why shamans can only
really affect those who believe in their powers, and how others can seemingly defy science through their beliefs. Like that indian guy who is
puzzling scientists with his ability to live without eating, or people with paranormal abilities.
I had a patient recently who believed she was cursed by a shaman recently, and she barely knew what a chair was, or where she was from moment to
moment. I have no doubt that for her, the curse was just as real as the medical treatment she was receiving.
So the witchdoctor did tell us what to do and what to say, if we're worried about something fundamentally silly like Operation Blackjack. I mean,
using a comic to foreshadow a thermonuclear attack? Come on!!! That's silly! Who's going to believe that? Pathetic, yeah?
Remember that famous presidential quote? "All we have to fear is....fear itself."
In the Jim Henson movie "Labyrinth", Sarah finally gets it at the end. After the Goblin King tells her to "Fear me, love me, worship me, and I
will be your slave..." just as the clock strikes, she tells him that "You have no power over me." The bubble bursts, the illusion is broken, the
fantasy of confusion and desperation falls away. "They" only have the power we give to them, and it's based on belief in their illusions, which
are based on suggestion. Make negative suggestions which are believed in a dream and the dream turns into a nightmare. That's the secret of
If "The Secret" is true, then in this concensus reality, based at least partially on what we collectively believe, the reason for the strangeness of
the need to foreshadow Operation Knickknack, Operation Quicksnack or whatever dumb name it's called, is to get you to buy into it and fear it into
existence. They can only suggest.