By fearing whom I trust I find my way
To truth; by trusting wholly I betray
The trust of wisdom; better far is doubt
Which brings the false into the light of day.
(Abdallah al-Ma’arri) (973-1057)*
“We leave you much that is undone. There are great ideas undiscovered, breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of the truth’s protective layers. There are places to go beyond belief…” (Neil Armstrong, 1994)
In yesterday’s piece on the moon landings, I was flippant, as the matter is so fraudulent as to invite humor. And yet … Neil Armstrong, quoted above, is obviously a man of high character and intense honesty, so much so that he remained silent and out of the spotlight for the bulk of his life after the supposed lunar landing. In his quoted words, he is doing above what so many others do when under intense pressure to keep secrets – he is communicating by means of inference, leaving it to us to read between the lines.
Oddly, Apollo and P(aul) I(s) D(ead), the serious and the trivial, are alike in this regard. The Beatles, in dropping so many clues on albums and in songs, asked us to think on our own about things they could not tell us openly and plainly. They too were under intense pressure, “McCartney” himself wanting to come clean. So both Macca and Armstrong are in the same boat: Living a lie under threat of death. In their shoes I would do the same. Their personal integrity, in my mind, is fully intact.
I am not going to chronicle all of the evidence uncovered by others. It’s a waste of time. People of curious mind are perfectly capable of seeing it and forming their own conclusions. I have some other thoughts about the the lies of our times in general, and the Apollo Program in specific:
- The role of evidence: I have noticed in my travels on this planet that “conspiracy theorists” are nothing more than people who look at evidence. There is a direct correlation: Much looking, much doubt. Little looking, little doubt.
- Fear of the implications. Add to that another factor: Fear of implications when exposed to but a little evidence, which leads to ridicule, a deflection tactic.
- “Debunking”: NASA knows, along with those who have perpetrated every other hoax in our times, that curiosity leads to doubt, and so has loaded the Internet with “debunking” sites. Phil Plait for example, performs this task for NASA, for what motive I cannot know. The role of the debunker is to derail the curious mind before before curiosity creates suspicion and doubt. “Debunking” is one of “truth’s protective layers.”
The moon landings were faked, but probably for good reason. The people who did it were serving a higher purpose, one that they needed to keep secret.
NASA, it must be remembered, is not a civilian agency, but rather a disguised military one. It is described as such in the US code. While its mission often appears to be scientific, and while it often allows itself to be used to advance science (as with the Voyager probes), we should never lose sight of military objectives. Werner von Braun was a Nazi man first, NASA man second. He needed facilitators to achieve advances in rocketry, using whatever funding source available.
So what was Armstrong referring to above? I don’t know, of course, but to me he appears to be saying everything he can say without blowing his cover: he was witness to some marvelous doings, and wants others to carry on in his footsteps, which are not on the moon.
There are other things to talk about – the nature of technological advance in a military state, the need for secrecy, and the danger of going public when so much is at stake. I want to get into that stuff, but will stop here with but one more thought:
Apollo involved the work of thousands of smart and serious people, most of whom knew only small parts of a much larger whole. Their abilities and accomplishments are impressive. I wish we lived in a world where we could speak plainly with one another, but we don’t. So to get at truth, we need to learn to navigate lies, and for that, we need better equipment than given us by our news, information, entertainment and education systems.
I read that perhaps 20% of Americans do not believe we landed on the moon. I suggest that this 20% is not at all the dumbest quintile of the population. Quite the opposite.
*Cited in Doubt: A History, by Jennifer Michael Hecht, p231