Conjecture, conjecture and even more conjecture
, 16 Mar 2013
Love or hate them conspiracy theories abound in today's world and often they are pure nectar for the gullible. What is really interesting when you listen to or read people putting forth such theories is that they will present some factual elements (some of which are not facts anyway) and then mix them together with a whole chunk of conjecture. Listen carefully to their words - such as - 'I believe this', or 'could it be', or 'maybe it was like this' or 'I think' or 'I suggest' etc. and within no time what was just conjecture has cleverly become fact and so on. When you come to think about it you could take anything in the world (any part of history, any institution, any person, any item) throw in some facts (?) and then a good bit of conjecture and then link it all up and you have an interesting conspiracy theory and perhaps one that will acquire you a following! The Church is an obvious target for this with its long and colourful history - add in some secrecy, some artwork, some dissenting voices, some long forgotten societies - mix it up with a lot of 'I believes' and hey presto you have a wonderful conspiracy theory - one that may even make you some money too! However for any person with a reasonable intellect it does not take too much research to distinguish the facts from the fiction and in most cases all you need is the use of Google! If you take the spate of Da Vinci type books out now in addition to Google all you need is some understanding of Canonical & non-Canonical documents plus a bit of common sense - and then you will see them for what they are - pure fiction. To be fair to Dan Brown, he understands that his books are just fiction - but to the gullible who read such material they take them uncritically as fact - but to be honest such people are either too lazy to do the research or plainly not able to do so or they are just seeking some cause to jump on board with. These books and films can be entertaining if they are kept in mind that they are just fiction. But when people start presenting their 'I believes' into them, then such conjecture should be seen for the conjecture that it is and should not automatically require us to believe it hook, line and sinker
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