Bill Whittle Looks at Conspiracy Theorists
Bill Whittle starts a three part series on why people believe in lies. Stuff like the Loch Ness Monster, the Fake Moon Landing, the 9/11 Controlled Explosion and the Kennedy Conspiracy Theories. But it's the why part that intrigues Whittle.
I’ve met a number of these people. I know this is harsh, but I’m sick of watching the damage they are doing to this civilization: these people are, to a man, complete losers. Losers. They are desperate and sad people who need to believe in some dark secret to give meaning to their lives.
My guess is that such people inhabit every civilization. David Malouf argued, in a lecture he gave in Sydney recently, that the urge to believe in something greater than what Whittle calls a "sense of identity rooted in ... small achievements" is built into the human species. For Malouf, this desire is the mainspring of Islamic fundamentalism. It is probably no coincidence that the chief manufacture of the Middle East, after creeds, is conspiracy theories. And while cognizant of its dangers, Malouf is not quite sure whether this "idealism" should be totally condemned because he suspects this yearning represents something vital to the human condition which if lost may diminish us in some way. Malouf thinks the reason Cervantes created a Sancho Panza was to balance him against Don Quijote; and the reason he created Don Quijote was to offset Sancho Panza. Without both, the Quest would never visit us in slumber or take to the noonday road.
Maybe we are all condemned to live out our lives on this funny and sad, this magnificent and tragic planet in mixed company. Some, like Bill Whittle, seeking the truth. Others, like those who believe in Chemtrails, White Vans and Black Helicopters, seeking escape from the truth at every opportunity. Maybe we should ask Cyrano de Bergerac what he thinks:
If you fight with windmills
their heavy spars may spin you down to the mud.
Or lift you up to the stars.