This is a most revealing conversation from two days ago at 4&20:
Commenter: Count me among the many who can’t process the thought that elites were behind 9/11.
Me: Totally understandable thought. I do hope, however, that it represents the beginning, rather than the end, of your search for truth.
Commenter: Actually, I’m not much of a seeker. Most of the time I’m willing to settle for appearances. They’re damning enough.
Me: Until scrutinized.
Imagine laying in bed at night and hearing noises in the house. Perhaps the hardest thing we all have to do in growing up is to summon the courage to go find out what is going on. It requires every ounce of steel we have accumulated to that point. (We could just grab a gun, a substitute for courage.)
Here’s another exchange, from this blog:
Commenter: I’m looking for a cause to which I can become a lackey and sycophant. I’m considering the conspiracy theory world. The problems I have with it are:
)there are multiple threads to follow. It would seem things would begin to converge after a while.
)there are as many holes in the proposed alternatives than in the official line.
)the personnel in the genre often have quirks that overshadow the scholarship
Me: As to your first point, it is true, you do have to use your brain.
As to your second point, utterly false. You’ve obviously never looked at any evidence.
As to your third point, such observations are generally made by people who have not used their brains or looked at the evidence.
You can solve this crime … millions of other have. It was essentially solved back in the 60’s. What scares you?
Commenter: Comes the hour, comes the man. Why don’t the millions rise up, empower some leaders, and prosecute the wrongdoers? Probably because there is less there than you think.
Me: Darting, dodging, weaving, ducking, refusing to look at the evidence. You’re scared of what you might find, I suppose. That’s why they got away with it. People are just like you. People don’t want to believe our country is just like every other country, run by thugs. America is exceptional, we are told. Look into this crime … and your eyes will be opened. That’s rare. Few have the balls to do that. Few transcend the barrier of fear.
That’s really all that is going on. People are afraid of facing their darkest fears. I am like everyone else except that, by chance, perhaps being blind and naive, I got up and stumbled around the house and came face to face with reality.
It made a difference. It changed me.
The intruder is American exceptionalism … that is, we need to come to grips with what is not there. We are just like every other country on earth, not different or better. Just suffering deeper delusion.