It seems that the subject of conspiracy theory has reared its ugly head on kiamagic.com over the last week. Personally I find speculation about conspiracy theory one of the least productive endeavours a human can engage their brain over, and in particular a big distraction from the path of enlightenment as it serves only to trap the mind in a labyrinth of its own creation, separating us from the experience of the here and now. The very definition of Samsara.
Gwydion explores a much more instructive approach to conspiracy in the article ‘Turn the pyramid upside down‘, where instead of ranting fruitlessly about global injustice, we actively pursue the promotion of local justice.
Yet I find the existence of conspiracy theory to itself be instructive. The fact that so many get trapped in its maze speaks to me of the deep dissatisfaction that most people feel with the authoritarian system in which we find ourselves. Democracy may allow for more freedom than dictatorship, but it still allows for the disproportionate distribution of power to the few, and the disenfranchisement of the individual of sovereignty over their own minds and bodies.
This lack of individual sovereignty I see as the key. Rather than getting ourselves lost in a labyrinth of conspiracy attempting to expose whatever we perceive as the “illuminati”, would it not prove more constructive to attempt to rebuild the world in such a way that no small group could wield so much disproportionate power?
Lets assume that there really is a secret conspiracy attempting to enslave the world. I would immediately ask a couple of questions…
1. What does it change? To my mind little, because we already know about a lot of groups that are attempting to enslave the world that are right out in the open. And much of the world is already enslaved.
2. How do we best fight them? Attempts to “expose” such an illuminati plays into its hands. Such a group cannot have any real power of its own, but rather must exercise its power through the various groups (governments, religions, political ideologies, corporations, militia) it is able to control or exert influence over, and then only to the extent it is able to control and influence them. Further, attempts to expose them will rely on spreading the message, but in the course of spreading it they will subvert it by two means. One, they will spread counter disinformation to discredit it, dismiss it and make it seem ridiculous. Second, they will sabotage the exposure by deliberately spreading it themselves, but in such a way that it seems silly, or in such a way that divides and distracts. For example, fundamentalist Christian conspiracy theorists will attempt to blame everything on a Satanic conspiracy, whereas other groups may attempt to blame it on communists, capitalists, Jews, aliens, lizard people depending on their own bizarre theories, prejudices and hatreds. Job done, by helping to spread the conspiracy theory they have been able to distort its message and discredit it at the same time.
Exposure therefore simply attacks them in a place where they can maintain the greatest strength and therefore will prove a wasted effort. But this does not leave us powerless, but rather suggests to me that we look for a place of weakness where their structure will crumble. I personally believe their weakness lies in the fact that they must, by definition, exert no direct power over us, but rather must act through controlling the various institutions that effect our lives. We must reduce and decentralise the power these institutions can wield over our individual lives. We must eradicate the authoritarian power of all institutions, be they governments, political parties and movements, religions, magical groups, corporations, education and legal systems, either by doing away with them, or by reforming them into movements that support and promote the sovereignty of the individual over their own minds and bodies. We have nothing to lose from doing so, since even if the ‘illuminati’ doesn’t exist we will still eradicate authoritarian power over us by pursuing this agenda, whilst removing their means to exert power and influence if they do.
Either way we will win and the existence or otherwise of a secret conspiracy becomes irrelevant.
For this reason I find conspiracy theories are an irrelevant distraction from the current task of building a free world of sovereign individuals. Their truth or otherwise makes no difference to the path I wish to take, or the course of action I feel engaged in, or the way in which I perceive we need to reform and transform human society. We have a course of action that will lead to great benefits for all, regardless of the existence or otherwise of secret conspiracies, and which, if they exist, will relieve them of the means to exert power over us.