Sometimes, I struggle with what to write about. I look at the campaign going on and wonder how people can swallow many things being said by our candidates. Then, I remembered about all of those conspiracy theories that are rampant in our society. I came to the conclusion that today’s campaign is more about selling snake oil or using conspiracy theories to get votes than actually coming up with policies.
So, today I decided I would make an attempt to wrap them all together. As everyone knows, there are hundreds of conspiracy theories around. But, the one I find most interesting is the ones about ET.
There are theories about how the government is hiding ETs in some underground military base, or how ET is helping the U.S. discover new technologies, or even how ancient man was too stupid to build the pyramids and that ET actually built them for us.
To show what I mean, let’s look at the last one and see how it works. The Ancient Alien theory is somewhat intriguing. The basis for this theory is that we believe that our ancestors were basically stupid people. They were unable to comprehend mathematics or science or figure out how to create new tools. According to the Ancient Alien, also called Ancient Astronaut theory, ET had to come to earth and help our ancestors raise themselves from their stupidity.
The reason for this “help” isn’t quite clear. Did ET help us because they wanted to see mankind grow into something much better? Did they help us because they wanted to be treated as gods? Which is one of the biggest theories from the Ancient Alien people. See, we only invented gods because our ancestors couldn’t understand that they were really seeing humanoids coming to us from space. As a result our ancestors created a whole litany of deists to explain what they were witnessing.
If it weren’t for those ETs, we would never have been able to build the pyramids. The Easter Island statues would never have been built. We would have no religion in the world. It is all because ET came to our rescue that everything we have today exists.
One theory even claims that aliens came to earth and they caused the extinction of the dinosaurs so mammals could evolve. According to the theory, ET killed all of the dinosaurs with their space ships.
Yes, I find all of this as nonsense. I find the Ancient Alien theory simply snake oil that people are selling to make a buck. More power to them. I came to my conclusion after listening to these people talk about their theories as being fact. Nothing sells better than making a fantasy sound like it has been proven.
It really doesn’t matter what you are trying to sell. The real goal is to make it sound as if it is all real, proven fact. Even though there isn’t any evidence nor any fact to build your theory on. This is true today in other areas as well. I have written before that I believe that people have gotten lazy when deciding their vote. I don’t believe that people do enough research to find the true facts on issues.
This isn’t really anything new. It has been going on for years. However, with the mass media outlets we have today, along with the internet, it is much easier for snake oil panderers to ply their trade. This goes across the spectrum of issues.
Televangelists have been bilking the public for billions of dollars with their TV shows offering “divine guidance” to the public. I believe you know you are dealing with a snake oil salesman when they constantly ask for “your donations so we can keep up the good work.”
We have the idiots at Infowars stirring up problems with their conspiracy theory that Operation Jade Helm is really a rehearsal for a government takeover of “conservative” states. There are the 9/11 theorists that believe our government was the real power behind the terrorist attacks.
Of course there are, as mentioned above, the UFO theories. Then there is the Bigfoot theories. Everyone seems to love a good conspiracy theory.
Politicians use conspiracy theory tactics all of the time, too. The “makers” and the “takers” are part of conspiracy theories. So are the “teachers unions are to blame for everything wrong with our public schools.” There are so many conspiracy theories floating around it is hard to keep track.
I don’t even have a problem with conspiracy theories per se. However, when politicians use these conspiracy theories to support their platforms, then they have gone beyond politics and into snake oil salesmen.
Look, every theory isn’t necessarily all that far-fetched. Is there life on other planets in the universe? I would say probably. Is there intelligent life on other planets? I would say probably. But, the idea of them actually visiting us I find difficult to believe.
The sheer distances they would have to travel makes it very unlikely. Especially knowing what we do about physics. I realize we don’t know everything, but until some new breakthrough comes along that proves you can break the universal speed limit of the speed of light, I will hold to my beliefs.
That is true for most things in life. We each have our own beliefs. Whether it is about ET, Bigfoot, religion, or any other topic, we will believe what we want. Only proof and real statistics can show us we are wrong. That is if we are willing to admit the proof is real.
But, when it comes to governing our country, we must be willing to listen to both sides of the argument and then decide what we believe. Governing is more about the good of everyone versus the good of me. It is about understanding that every person has their own beliefs. It is about finding a common ground for the betterment of everyone. That is possible if we keep open minds and be willing to compromise.
Which is why it is so very important that people stop listening to politicians 20 second sound bites as their proof. Without paying attention to what people who wish to lead our country say, and following it up with your own research, the snake oil salesmen will win. When the snake oil salesmen win, we all lose.