Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Conspiracies, Bigotries and Fear

The title for this post sounds a bit deep, doesn't it? I think that's because it might well turn out to be. That was never the plan for today, however, after hearing several things on the news this morning, and seeing quite a few different "conspiracy theory" things floating around my Facebook wall that many different friends have shared, I came to the conclusion I'd use it for today's waffle. 

I'm quite a strong believer in the 2 rules of not discussing politics and religion with people. Occasionally, friends and I will find ourselves stumbling into such conversations, some of which have been known to get heated at times; thankfully, being friends means we are finally able to end the conversation agreeing to disagree. For the most part though, I try to avoid such things because I strongly believe we are all entitled to our 'own opinion'. Just because I might believe/not believe in something, doesn't mean I am any more right than someone with an opposing view; it just means we are different. I am not religious, in any way, shape or form, yet that doesn't mean I don't have friends who are (some of them deeply). Just because I don't believe doesn't mean I have the right to tell them they are wrong to, any more than they have the right to tell me I am wrong not to. If believing in a god (whichever one it is) helps them to get through their life, brings them comfort in times of sorrow, or joy in happy times, then what right do I have to tell them they 'are wrong'. So many issues in this world come about due to differing beliefs, in fact I think most wars have been fought over religion. I find this so odd when people I have spoken to from all corners of the religious scale - christians, catholics, muslim, jew, scientologists, pagans (and many others) all tell me their books and/or gods teach them about love and respect, not just for the earth, but for each other as well. For wars to be fought because of religion then seems totally crazy to me, for it is surely going against everything their specific god has set forth for them? Now, that's a subject we could spend the rest of our lives discussing, and still never come up with an answer to suit everyone. That is the thing about belief. You could be reading this right now whilst screaming at your screen that I am wrong, but am I? What gives you the right to tell me that? I've said I don't understand religion, that doesn't mean I don't respect your right to believe in it. The world would be such a nicer place if we all just learned to respect that we are not all the same. 

This leads me on to the "conspiracy theorists". I never knew until this morning I knew so many :) I've seen everything so far today, ranging from Princess Diana being murdered (she's been in our news for the past few weeks as it's coming up to the 20th anniversary of her death). Then the police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have asked for more money to follow up another lead (how, after 10 years they are only just now finding new leads is beyond me, but if it brings a closure to the case then of course they have to). I have an opinion on both of these stories; I have thoughts and feelings about them. I can guarantee they will be different to some of yours. I'm not prepared to share on the McCann story (I've seen way-too-many people fall out over it) but the Princess Diana one I will share with you. I do not, that's do not, believe she was murdered. I don't think there was any possible way they could have pulled off the accident. I won't deny that maybe they had a plan to 'bump-her-off' at some point, but her accident was just that - an accident. As to the story floating around that she is still alive! I'm going to say I think not, however, I wasn't there and there are stories that she'd said she wanted to retire from public life and live in obscurity, so maybe, just maybe, there is a chance she did survive and saw it as her chance to get-away-from-it-all. That's something we shall never know; her accident though, was, as I've said above, just an accident.

9/11, Aliens at Area 51, The Moon Landings, JFK's assassination, Chemtrails (or as I like to call them, Entrails) Lord Lucan, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, MH17, Global Warming - the list is endless. You name it and there's most likely a conspiracy attached to it. I have thoughts and opinions on them all, as I'm sure most of us do. Some afternoons/evenings when I find myself at a loose end I'll go off in search of information on them - from both sides; those who believe, those who don't. It can make for entertaining reading. Often I'll think to myself "ooh, now they make a good point", occasionally I'll think "really, where are you actually coming from with that thought" but mostly I think "we're never going to be able to prove/disprove one-way-or-the-other"; that's how they are able to keep a conspiracy going. Evidence can be provided, but if you don't believe that evidence then you could say "it's fabricated" so we really are never going to be able to prove one way or the other. Except for the latest one; Flat Earth. I'm not going to knock you for believing the earth is flat, because that is your choice and your belief, but there is truly not one shred of evidence to back up the theory the earth is flat, although I guess until such time as I fall off it, I'm not really going to know! I do (that's right, I'm telling you one I do believe) that JFK was not killed by Oswald (not entirely by himself, at least). Whether it was the CIA, Mafia or Russian Mob, I have no clue, I just don't believe the story that Oswald was the "lone killer". 

The other thing big in the news is all the racial/prejudice and bigoted tension which is building (and rearing it's ugly face) in America, right now. Over here (in the UK) we like to believe that rascism on the scale which has been shown no longer exists; this has blown up the minds of quite a few on this side of the pond who still live in lovely little bubbles. I have spent time in the US, and have a friend who is Native American; the level of racial abuse he has been subjected to on a daily basis is more than shocking and because he's not black, he can't claim racial discrimination against him - that's even worse I think, to know he is not even thought of as worthy of being able to complain, but that's America. It's not going to get better either with Trump in charge (there, I've finally said it). I can understand why people voted for him (it really was the lesser-of-two-evils) yet he is doing his country no favours; none whatsoever. But, I don't want to talk about him; that's not what this post is meant to be about, although it does lead me on nicely to the "fear" part of my title. I truly believe people who are prejudice in anyway - whether that be to people of colour, race, sexual orientation, or any other of the thousands of reasons people are abused for being "different" (that in itself is wrong) - is nothing more than fear. Nobody is born prejudice, it is something we learn from our peers or grow into due to our surroundings. A child may become a racist because it fears it's prejudice parents reaction if it was to stand up and say "This is wrong". I believe many homophobe's are in fact gay themselves, they're just too afraid to admit it - again, fear. There are some who are pathetic enough to believe every gay person is going to hit on them, thus creating a prejudice. Again, fear (and a lot of ignorance - you find the 2 normally run hand-in-hand). The white settlers feared the Native people, going out of their way to annihilate them, rather than working alongside and learning from them; their fear though was that they would not be able to take the chunks of land they wanted for themselves (so into play comes greed, with fear still being the over-riding factor). This same fear is what was cast upon the people of colour living on lands the white people wanted to take. Again, rather than assimilate and work alongside, they decided to destroy; just because you have more power does not mean you have to use it. I actually pity anyone who holds within them a prejudice towards another; what an awful world they must live in when they are so full of fear. These people have bullied their way through life, and all a bully truly is, is a scared little creature who deserves nothing more in their life than to be pitied - and let's face it, none of us ever wants to be pitied. No, bullies, racists, those who hold prejudice are nothing but cowards. I can only imagine the world we would live in if we were to fear the cowards themselves; thank goodness we're not all like them. 

Oops; I spent the morning working through this post before I sat down to write it, and have done none of what I planned (nothing new there). Mind you, that's not a bad thing. The whole point when I started this blog was transparency and honesty, about who I am, what I believe in and why I am here. Some of you won't like it and that's fine; I accept we are all different, I'm not everyone's cup-of-tea. There will be some of you that despise me; that's fine too. There will also be some of you who agree with me. Each and every single one of you is welcome; agreers and non-agreers. It takes all sorts to make the world go around :) 

In accordance with such honesty, today's "selfie" is snapchat (and any other) filter free.... eeek.

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