There are only about 1% of the crazy ongoing conspiracy theories that I have time for. The remaining 99% are mental issues translated into the public eye or ear from sufferers of delusion and misunderstanding.
Sometimes, as with any religion, there are those who find propagating the weird idea a very profitable thing to do. Hence why there can be quite a movement behind conspiracy theories. They sell as well as any of the standard religions, and can be consumed by people of any faith or even no faith, so they are a far more efficient way of extracting money from people than god-bothering.
My own experience through my work over the years has taught me that sometimes things are not as they seem, and sometimes there’s an awful lot of ‘fiddling’ about that goes on secretly when a population is being manipulated against the regime that controls it. The ‘thinking’ of a mass of humans is either controlled by those who are actually in charge (like in North Korea, or for the followers of any religious cult, such as Catholicism), or by those who have control of the collective murmurings of dissent or rebellion.
Regardless of who is behind the mass ‘thinking’, it is a fact that that mass will obediently think what they’ve been controlled to think.
Those who are told that things are not as they seem and believe that things are not as they seem, will always believe that things are not as they seem. Those who are told that everything is as it seems will likewise believe that all around them is as it seems and there is no conspiracy out there.
In truth, both the conspiracy believers and the non-conspiracy believers are being controlled by the conspiracy propagators and the non-conspiracy propagators who tell them how and what to think. People rarely check things out first hand for themselves.
So, how do we work out what is what?
Mainly, of course, we don’t. One of my mission statement questions for this very place is “Whose thoughts are yours?“. I feel that if we, as individuals, find out who is the dominant voice behind whatever it may be that we individually believe, that’s when we are able to answer that question.
All of that preamble brings me back to the whole Bilderberg group meeting that is currently under way in the Grove Hotel in Watford. Until quite recently, despite having officially started in 1954 (who knows if it actually commenced before then), the existence of this group and its regular meetings was denied.
Now, with the Bilderberg meetings being so secret, obviously conspiracy theories abound.
The facts are that around 150 delegates attend each year. Equal status at these meetings is given to the extremely rich CEOs, thinkers from the world of academia and the strategically placed political leaders from key countries. With no apparent agenda and no apparent minutes, those who have power over us talk about what’s best for ‘us’. About two thirds of the participants come from Europe and the rest from North America; one third from politics and government and the rest from other fields.
Yep, its gold dust for those who believe in the Illuminati and there being a master plan to which we are not privy. Even the David Ike belief in the master plan being to enslave humanity to the alien race of lizards that are using us (via Bilderberg), start to become believable the more one tries to dig into these secret meetings.
The current meeting, they tell us is intended to discuss:
• Can the US and Europe grow faster and create jobs?
• Jobs, entitlement and debt
• How big data is changing almost everything
• Nationalism and populism
• US foreign policy
• Africa’s challenges
• Cyber warfare and the proliferation of asymmetric threats
• Major trends in medical research
• Online education: promise and impacts
• Politics of the European Union
• Developments in the Middle East
• Current affairs
They also tell us: “The conference has always been a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world. Thanks to the private nature of the conference, the participants are not bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed positions. As such, they can take time to listen, reflect and gather insights.“
They add: “There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.“
Hmmm. So why bother if there’s no action plan to take forward, eh?
I think my own feelings are that ‘the people’ shouldn’t always know everything, and there shouldn’t be a problem with the major players meeting and mixing and making plans for the good of humanity. The ‘people’ (us) are notoriously stupid and sheep-like, and can be so easily confused by the ‘truth’, so sometimes the point of having meetings of the shepherds makes a lot of sense, in the same way that children can’t always be involved in discussions and decisions about them being made by their parents.
I get that.
In that context, I don’t have any problem with the Bilderberg group and their meetings.
I can also see that when children are asked to leave their parents in peace whilst they have a conversation, the more paranoid of those children might fear the worst and consider that something terrible is being planned against them.
This is exactly how the conspiracy theorists are behaving in reaction to Bilderberg. But, be honest. Who can blame them?