I promised, so here it is.
As to conspiracy theories, those unproven high-level conspiracies that include clandestine government plans, elaborate murder plots, the suppression of secret technology and even a grand master plot that will determine the fate of humanity by a secret ruling elite. There are a lot of these alleged schemes that have consumed years of people’s lives following trails, piecing together events and looking for clues in the hope of finding proof of one. Almost all conspiracy theories have two things in common: 1: They are all related or linked to political, cultural or historical events, and 2: They part from a premise that someone or some group of people are in charge and in control of things.
The question IS: Are any of them real?
The answer is: No, they are not real, not even the ones that happen to appear like they might. They are very human constructs, born from the same place as science and literature, but not real.
If one were to tackle the issue of conspiracy theories with any seriousness, it wouldn’t take very long to realize that the answer to this question is directly linked to one of the conditions always present in every conspiracy theory, namely the premise that there is a person or a group of people that maintain some secret method of centralized control over the infrastructure of the human world. If one were to find whoever is “driving”, then whoever he/she or they are would also be the source of all of the real secret plots that no one was able to prove because they are simply that good. The discovery of “who” is “in charge” would prove that conspiracy theories were true.
So, who is in charge? That is another question entirely. It is the title and the reason for calculation number 182114. That math took me 10 years to do and I will never stop kicking myself for taking that long. Who runs the world? Who is in charge of making the top choices? Where does the buck stop? My mistake in doing this math was that I took the questions literally and seriously. I thought of candidates; The Rothschild-Rockefeller dynasty, the illuminati, a secret sect made up of the descendants of the Knights of Templar (the only group of people in history to ever control all of the wealth in the world, if only for a few weeks), any of the religions that might fit the bill and even the possibility of an unknown super-secret group of people, descendants of the first Kings & rulers. It didn’t occur to me for a moment that all of these were simply other conspiracy theories. The answer had been staring all of us in the face all the time: Nobody is in charge. No one has the ultimate word. Nobody is driving the Human Civilization bus. We are today, what we have always been; scattered pockets of humans who run into each other in the course of a lifetime and see who can impose their will on the other. Not one single leader of any “group” or country or empire has ever contemplated the world in the macro sense. Nobody has ever considered “all of us”, it’s always been more important for people to believe that there’s us and there is them. It’s a much more convenient control mechanism.
Conspiracy theories are not true because in the end, nobody is in charge. There may be some people that think they are, but they are not. They’re just the leader of one of the many “street gangs” of the world, protecting their turf and trying to look tough.
Finally, the conclusion is simply this: Nobody controls the events in human history or this direction in which politics and society and people evolve. If anyone were actually in charge, we would not be in the situation that we are in. At the rate that our infrastructure is decaying, we don’t have very long before it all just falls apart and nobody benefits from it. There are no winners when our story plays out, and everybody losing is not indicative of leadership, even bad leadership.
There are no conspiracy theories. There’s just whatever we decide to believe and do.
We can do better.