Conspiracy Everywhere

I like to read the comments posted after articles. Often, this tells me as much about the subject as anything the author might have said. This is especially so when articles are the equivalent of column fill. Sadly, this is increasingly the state of modern journalism in the face of the declining standards that poorer revenue generation has brought it because of competition over access to information.

Some days, this practice can prove depressing. I want to read great insight, enjoy tangential thinking and better understand the emotional and factual basis of stories. This doesn’t happen once the crusty surety of the conspiracy theorists lands in the comments. Once someone refers to a group they don’t know anything about, but are certain exists, there is a much higher probability that the next post will involve some aspect of that rather than what the article was about.

What do conspiracy theorists peddle? I’ve given this a great deal of thought. I think the answer is fear. I don’t think any of them are actually out to convince anyone of a particular point. You can take, for instance, the typical viewpoint pivot most of them will make if they are called on facts or emotions. They simply aren’t in the business of admitting they were wrong. It’s so much better if they simply move on to the next threat. Yes, the appraisal of all of these threats is tacitly in the public interest. No, the way that the use of some narrow band of truth accuses a far broader target is not.

Is it idiocy that allows this? The popular thing is to blame the success of conspiracy thinking upon the lack of education, or some related malaise in society. I’m not so sure. I think it comes from a lack of faith.

I think when people lose God they become suddenly fearful in their new found perception that they are alone in what they always considered a large universe. They forget that even with God they were always going to be alone in that way, for God was always going to be another that they were going to have to relate to if there was any God at all. Religious people get around this by following some prescribed set of laws, so that they don’t lose themselves in this way. They do this and they essentially bind God. They achieve a type of firmament, but it comes at the price of only being able to relate to a certain type of God. Atheists are forced to build the moral construct necessary. They do this and they are even less able to see God, except in the way that He is strangely more free to act among them than among the religious. You often see that, when it comes to following the spirit of the law, if not the law itself, atheists best the religious. You may hear some mockery when this happens, but it is usually there serving to cover a kind of stunned silence.

What does God do? After all, He is supposed to exist just like you and I exist, right? So what does He do to have a self? What does He do in order not to tremble before fear? How does He have any foundation? The answer is simple: He makes it to rain upon the just and the unjust. Very much unlike the conspiracy theorists, God is even handed. He doesn’t hate simply because another happens to exist. He doesn’t find new faults to accuse another of the same diabolical perturbations even after they have proven themselves clean. He doesn’t make stuff up and then lie to Himself about its origin. He doesn’t exist in comparison to what he observes. Even further than that, God loves people and things. Treating the just and the unjust with the same magnanimity is about love. It’s about an attitude of the heart that won’t give up on people, even if they are in error. He doesn’t need them to be right. God is a lot less quick to judge than religion. God is a lot less quick to judge than even secularism. God is pretty secure. And in that security He enjoys the righteous, without smothering them. He is angry with the wicked every day, without devastating them. Love has a way of opening one’s eyes to that. If you need God, or just think you do, that’s the place to start. You’ve got to have the faith to believe that the way that He thinks is the right way to think, and begin to adopt it yourself. If you want to see God, then try looking out of His eyes.

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