June 24, 2017

Conspiracy Theory Basics

Reverse of the Great Seal of the United States.

Is the all seeing eye on our money trying to tell us a secret?

Happy Friday, dark passengers. I know today is supposed to be a day for all the crackpot 2012 doomsday scenarios I can imagine, but something occurred to me earlier in the week: Not all of you care about the end of the world.

Sure, some of you are into reading more about 2012, but some of you are bored with the subject. It’s okay. You can admit it. So, here’s the compromise…I’ll limit my 2012 babble to Fridays and the occasional weekend, but I won’t post on the subject every Friday.

Today, we’re not making that big of a jump from the apocalypse though. You see, the more I dig into doomsday scenarios, the more conspiracy theories pop up to say hi. The end of the world and the takeover of the world, it seems, are bound together.

Now, if you’re a reader from the old site I blogged on, you’ll remember we talked about conspiracy theories on a regular basis. Don’t worry if you didn’t; I’ll catch you up. Since it’s been a while, I thought now was a good time to dive into the basics of conspiracy theories so we’re all on the same page.

Conspiracy Theory Terminology

As with anything else we discuss on Your Dark Passenger, there is a distinct set of vocabulary that goes along with conspiracy theories. Here are some of the most common terms you might run across:

  • ETs - Extraterrestrials. Do I need to say much more on the subject of aliens?
  • False Flags – These are events that occur simply to test people’s reactions or divert their attention from the real action.
  • Illuminati - A secret society that runs everything. I mean…everything. Think of these guys as the Emperor and his crew from Star Wars and you’re pretty right on the money. Powerful families like the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers are believed to be part of this elite group.
  • Ninjas – No explanation needed. I’m told that both sides – good and evil – have their own crew of ninjas. You know what? That’s straight up awesome. Go ninjas.
  • NWO - New World Order. Isn’t there a band by that name? This is the group that works towards bringing the entire world under a single government’s control. The Emperor had his Death Star and the Illuminati has its NWO…except its control and destruction is limited to a single planet…ours.
  • Psyops – Psychological Operations. Similar to the false flag except real goal here is to disseminate misinformation to the masses. A common tactic employed by some on popular conspiracy theory sites. Don’t worry, y’all…YDP will never be popular enough for us to worry about this problem.
  • White Hat – This is one of the good guys, typically working from within the NWO either to foil their wicked plans or to warn the people.
  • Zombies – This is how some in the conspiracy theory community refer to the people who are unaware of the intrigue going on around them. Instead of standing up to fight against the NWO, they merely wander through their lives, believing anything they hear – especially when it comes from the government or media.

More things will pop up as we go, but that gives you the foundation. Feel free to leave a comment if you think I missed something important. Seriously…it totally wouldn’t surprise me.

Are Conspiracy Theories True?

Ah, dark passengers, this is the heart of the subject. Let’s define it before I talk:

  • Conspiracy – An agreement among conspirators (where conspirators are those who conspire, and to conspire is to plan secretly an unlawful act)
  • Theory – abstract thought (where abstract is considered apart from a particular instance and thought is the power to imagine)

Yeah, I really will use any excuse to pull out my hard copy of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I did it the other day with hubby when we were talking about a word’s meaning…Actually, I pulled out the thesaurus, but same concept. I could’ve googled it.

And yes, I did just define “thought.” I would’ve rocked during the Clinton impeachment hearings back in the 90s…

Anyway. When we look at the convoluted hodge podge of words the dictionary gives us – shame on you Merriam-Webster! – we get the following definition for a conspiracy theory:

  • The power to imagine that which is apart from other thoughts regarding secret plans by a group to break the law.

Can I have that definition in English please, Jen?

Sure thing. A conspiracy theory is an uncommon belief about individuals, organizations or groups that secretly plot to subvert the law and take over the world. If you’ve ever watched ‘Pinky and the Brain’ then you’re on the same page…except conspiracy theories aren’t about the scheming of lab mice.

Or are they?

To answer the question about whether conspiracy theories are true is more difficult. You see, once an idea becomes accepted by the general population or has indisputable proof to back it up, it becomes fact. In a way, that means conspiracy theories aren’t true because they cease being a simple conspiracy theory once they’re proven.

But that doesn’t mean all conspiracy theories are total garbage either.

You know what, dark passengers? You tell me what you think. Is there any truth to conspiracy theories or are they all false?

Jen

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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.

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