How do you feel when you hear the words "conspiracy theorist"? If it is being applied to you, you probably feel dismissed and belittled. If to someone else, you might, even in spite of yourself, think "crazy", "paranoid", "credulous". It's not an accident. Next time you hear those words used in the MSM, listen to the inflection. Can you hear the snearing disgust? It sounds like that "N" word in the mouth of a KKKer. So I am not a conspiracy theorist. I'm just someone who is tired of being lied to. I prefer to be called a truther. My peers are members of the truth movement. I am an optimist, but optimism and denial are two different things. Of course conspiracy exists. What defines conspiracy? 1. More than one person is involved. 2. It is organised. 3. It is secret. All these defining characteristics are met by TPTB (the powers that be). Take the Bilderberg Group (please), as one of many examples. For years, the MSM denied it's existence. Anyone who mentioned Bilderberg was ridiculed and labelled a conspiracy theorist. Keep in mind that powerful members of the MSM are known to attend. Fortunately, the level of security required for these meetings is impossible to hide. Now the MSM admits that these gatherings do take place. They never admitted lying about it, they just changed their story. Now they assure us that, even though these super-rich and powerful people demand (and get) absolute secrecy while they plan the future of our world, it is nothing to worry about. Completely harmless, and anyone who doubts that is a crazy conspiracy theorist. So your leaders (elected or not) are meeting with representatives of big money power, they are afraid of anyone finding out what is discussed, but you should trust them. It's not a theory. Anyone who looks at the evidence with an open mind quickly realises this. I've yet to meet anyone who saw the conspiracy and then later decided it was all nonsense after all. Some people do avert their eyes but always because they don't like the way this knowledge makes them feel. They say it's "too negative", NOT that it's false. I have to say, I think this attitude is irresponsible. If your house were burning down with you in it, you'd do yourself no favours by refusing to notice. There is a fine line between realism and paranoia and we are each responsible for staying on the right side of it. There is disinfo out there. Yes there is. It exists for two main reasons. 1. To discredit and sow doubt in the minds of those who would rather not know the truth. If you are inclined to all-or-nothing, blanket acceptance or rejection, your awareness can be neutralised. It's necessary to be discriminating. 2. To distract us from our real predicament by projecting even worse into the future. It's amazing what people will accept as long as they think it could be worse. It is important from the conspirators' point of view to keep you in fear. People who are not in fear are impossible to control, and no one fears the present. So new, future bogeys must be invented. Some of these would be too risky for TPTB to implement and gain too little. There's really very little left to fear and much to do. I'm old enough to know that if you told people 30 years ago, what today would be like, you would have been dismissed as way too negative. Most people's standards of living have fallen dramatically. There are countless new restrictions and impositions. First world countries are under massive and growing surveillance. There is no more free press. Governments and regulatory bodies do the will of moneyed interests, not yours. That last sentence is so important. TPTB are ORGANISED. What they want is what we get. None of these changes are by accident, and they are not what most people want.
News flash: The NWO will not be announced on TV. If it ever were, it would be too late to do anything about it. This is good because it's not too late. We are not helpless. It's easy to feel that way, overwhelmed and powerless. It's true, we can't fight them. They have far better weapons. But we can expose them. If enough people just noticed what is going on, it couldn't. We don't even need to fight it, just admit it to ourselves and each other. For a start, let's reject the conspiracy theorist label. I'm a truther. How about you?
Religion and spirituality, it seems that these two always go together, like peanut butter and jam. You would think they were synonymous. No wonder people are so confused. The two actually have so little in common that they could as easily be seen as opposites. They do share one common feature. They are both ways of responding to the desire for union. We are spiritual beings and so we have this impulse. If I were to suggest a short definition of spirituality it would be this: the process of merging oneself with, by surrendering to, a greater unity, AKA God, AKA Infinite Awareness, AKA Truth. No one can know the path of another. It is a journey, not a guided tour.
It is possible to temporarily sate this desire for union through substitutes. Falling in love is one way. One might also identify with one's nationality or cultural group or even a sports team. We take such pleasure in these things because they allow us to transcend our little ego selves. These are easily seen as substitutions for the ultimate and true Oneness that is the guiding star of the mystic. Religion falls into the same category as these other sops and distractions. It pretends to be what it is not. It claims to deliver what it serves to distract from and prevent.
Occasionally, genuine spiritual seekers will make use of a religion as a mythical narrative to assist their understanding. There is almost no end to the number of stories that could serve this purpose and religious stories aren't really special. Unless these mystics are very discrete, they fall afoul of their own religious authorities in the process. Priests do not approve of this sort of thing. Religions are threatened by any real spiritual progress on the part of their followers. That's because religions are not spiritual paths. They are belief/control systems. Examining and questioning one's beliefs is an essential, important part of any true spiritual path and religions can't have that. It would undermine their power and authority.
You can always spot a religion by it's focus on rewards and punishments, the old carrot and stick. Sometimes it's heaven or hell, sometimes karmic boons or debts. All that is required is belief and obedience. I find such threats and promises inappropriate and offensive. Is union with the divine not considered enough of a prize? Is the experience of separation from It not painful enough?
Morality is whatever the religious authorities tell you it is. You're not supposed to develop the ability to determine it for yourself. You are not qualified. Never mind what you know in your heart. Religion actually destroys our ability to be truly moral by demanding that we choose against what we know to be true. Once again an important aspect of spiritual growth is headed off at the pass. Every time I hear that phrase, religion and spirituality, I have to suppress my gag reflex.
Another case of misrepresentation exists with regards to science. There is confusion always between science and scientism. Again, we have a belief system masquerading as a path to truth. I've actually heard, on more than one occasion, the statement: "As a scientist, I believe...". Real science is an open-minded method of discovery. There is no a priori reason for it to restrict itself to the physical. It's early representatives simply agreed to do so to avoid stepping on religion's toes (for obvious reasons). Scientism is defined by it's belief that matter is the primary reality. There is no evidence that this is so, and plenty to refute it. Refusing to admit the existence of anomalous facts in order to defend one's beliefs is not science. It's pretty much the same as religion. Ironically, this is why religion and scientism will never agree. Science and spirituality already do.