A reader expressed the belief that we shouldn’t even try to improve the world as this would merely be investing in polarities.

Here is what it sounds like is the essence of this philosophy: The world has gone to hell in a handbasket and is in a deep matrix of illusion, trapped in duality, controlled by the Beast to the extent that the only thing to do is to have nothing to do with it, throw your hands up, give up, and not even help others in a “humanitarian” way. What is there to do then? Either kill yourself or go to a mountaintop and OMMM all day and maybe starve to death in the process.

He continues as follows: “The greatest changes in the world have been won by those who were NOT So-called realistic. They were inherent revolutionaries. Someone who is spiritual in fact is a born revolutionary. He sees that this world is NOT our world and man must change not only his view but must also learn the Truth. And when he Knows the Truth and thus Lives the Truth, he will come back to share the Truth. This is what all the great Avatars, Masters and great spiritual guides did. Nobody was talking about maintaining this world and talking to be realistic.”

JJ: I think you have it backwards. Those who revolutionize the world in a good way, and are the teachers of the race and are the realistic ones.

Who was realistic? Those who taught the world was flat or those who saw it as a globe?

Columbus and Copernicus thought the world was round because they faced the realism of true facts and principles.

Who was realistic? Abraham Lincoln who saw slavery as an evil or the masters in the South who thought their own freedom was dependent on the slavery of another.

Who was realistic?

The Founding Fathers of the U.S. who thought that they could obtain greater happiness and prosperity in freedom or King George who thought they would do better being controlled by the mother country?

Realism brings the seeker closer to the truth and spirit, not the other way around. The trouble is that those in illusion think they are being realistic when they are merely being opinionated. The true realist looks beyond his bias.

The reader continues: “But as long as the corporations are fed and dominated by money and economic laws, and profit is the main goal, all good humanitarian intentions will be compromised heavily. That’s why indeed there still is a high unbalance in food in the world, despite the high wealth in the western world and despite the fact that there is enough for all species of humanity.”

JJ: Look at three countries. The United States, Cuba and North Korea. The United States is dominated by the profit motive and Cuba and North Korea say they are not.

Which one has the greater number of poor?

The poorest in the United States would be considered rich in North Korea where the average citizen is now living on tree bark.

In fact without the help of capitalistic U.S. dollars sent to Cuba by friends they would be living on tree bark there rather than a luxurious bowl of crumbs each day.

Anyone who succeeds and does any good in the world has a profit motive of some kind, even the Brotherhood of Light, even God.

Do you think God made this world with no profit in mind?

Of course not. He made it with the idea that He was going to get a benefit from it and its inhabitants.

The Brotherhood of Light serve with the idea that humanity will profit and in turn they will profit by being lifted up higher by those greater than themselves.

Is it evil to have money as a motive? To answer this we must ask what money is.

A unit of money represents a unit of labor or service. To say money is evil is to say the service of laboring for others is evil.

Both labor and money are only evil if they are directed toward a destructive end. Otherwise, they can be good and constructive.

The truth is that Capitalisms has worked well as long as there is freedom, but will eventually be replaced by a more cooperative system. Trying to accomplish this by force will take us backwards, but allowing social evolution to proceed in an atmosphere of freedom will produce the best results in the end.

Here’s an interesting discovery from the Drudge Report.

Biblical Pool of Siloam Is Uncovered in Jerusalem Tue Aug 09, 2005 00:09:33 ET

Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, the LOS ANGELES TIMES reports.

The pool was fed by the now famous Hezekiah’s Tunnel and is “a much grander affair” than archeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review, which reported the find Monday.

Scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit’’ to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Now we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.”

A gospel that was thought to be pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history,’’ he said. The discovery puts a new spotlight on what is called the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a trip that religious law required ancient Jews to make at least once a year, said archeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who excavated the pool.

Jesus was just another pilgrim coming to Jerusalem,’’ he said. “It would be natural to find him there.” The newly discovered pool is less than 200 yards from another Pool of Siloam, this one a reconstruction built between A.D. 400 and 460 by the empress Eudocia of Byzantium, who oversaw the rebuilding of several Biblical sites.

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Aug 8, 2005

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Progress in an Imperfect World

Progress in an Imperfect World

A reader strongly disagrees with my last post telling me that corporations are wrong for hiring third world employees for low wages (compared to the U.S.) that they are just taking advantage of them. She says, “I would rather help them to have a reasonable lifestyle.”

JJ: Are you doing anything now to help them have a reasonable lifestyle? Probably not. You, along with the vast majority are doing nothing to advance the quality of life for third world people unless it is in your self-interest to do so. Business are composed of people and they follow the same path. Outside of a few benevolent people on the  spiritual path you can’t expect any business or individual to go out of their way to help these people unless there is something in it for them.

Suppose a beggar approaches you as you walk down the street and asks for money. You reach in your pocket and all you have is a dollar. You give it to him. You wish you could give him more but that is all you can manage at the moment.

You know that the guy isn’t going to eat as good of a dinner on that as you will eat but you gave him what was practical.

Question: Did you exploit the beggar? Did you take advantage of him?

Even so, many people in the third world are begging corporations to establish a plant there so they will have a dollar or two. If corporations had to pay normal wages it would be impossible to help in any way. The only reason they will sacrifice American (Canadian Australian French etc) jobs is if the wages are much lower. If they are not significantly lower then the people will get nothing.

How is it exploitation to give them what they ask for? If the business does not make a profit a little better than the home territory then the impoverished people will get nothing.

If one thinks the businesses are doing wrong then to avoid hypocrisy the person who thinks this way should pick an individual in the third world or a beggar on the street and make sure he has as much money as he has. After all, that is what he is self-righteously asking the businessman. To sacrifice and pay third world people something like U.S. wages.

A reader responds: Of course, the corporations take advantage of people.

JJ: They act in self-interest, but I have dealt with thousands of corporations in my life and never had even one take unjust advantage of me. Where do you find these devilish ones?

Out best customer is a large corporation and they treat us great – much more fairly than the average individual.

To demonize corporations and single them out as evil is unjust in itself. After all, what are corporations? They are groups of people. To call them evil is like calling minorities evil, dentists evil or nuns or whatever.

Just like all people and groups of people some are better than others, but as a whole they are not devils in the flesh.

Reader: They don’t just make a profit, they make a huge profit.

JJ: Again, you’re lumping them all together under the same roof. The truth is this. A small handful make a huge profit (even this is usually temporary). Some make a reasonable profit, some are fighting for their lives and barely surviving. Some, as a last-ditch effort, have gone abroad in hope of turning their profit margin around so they can stay in business.

Which corporation makes the most obscene profits? It’s hard to find one that makes a greater profit margin than Microsoft. After a new operating system is developed it costs them about 30 cents to put it on a disc and they sell it for around $100. They do very little employing in the third world. Why? Because their profits are so good that they do not have to.

Reader: They CAN afford to give them more. They are just too lazy to make an effort to do that. And structure what they are doing with this goal in mind.

JJ: Just like people, some can do more others cannot. They have to make a decent profit abroad because of the great risk. For instance, American oil companies developed the fields in Saudi Arabia, and then one day the government turned on them and stole them all and claimed all development as their own. This would have bankrupted them if they had not been making a reasonable profit and had some cushion.

Reader: You think they really care? Of course they don’t, their excuse is we are helping them. But they only help them in order to help themselves.

JJ: Again, this is like saying Jews don’t care, the government doesn’t care, doctors don’t care etc.

Corporations are made of people and some care and some do not, but any business has to operate on this principle. They provide a service and for doing so they seek to make a return that will exceed their costs. We ought to be thankful they are doing this or none of us would have a job.

Some companies are unjustly accused of making an “obscene” profit. In many cases they have lost money for a year or two and then for a few months make a large profit and get criticized. Yet they have to make hay while the sun shines so they can weather the future financial storms.

Larry made a great post illustrating the truth of the situation. The branching out of business to the poorer countries is part of the process of natural evolution that will eventually bring them prosperity, but it certainly will not happen overnight.

Look at evolution of life in nature. It is not a pretty thing in many examples. In many cases an animal has to kill or injure another animal just to make it through the day. If I throw a handful of nuts out to the cute little squirrels in my back yard and a weaker one comes and takes it, a stronger one will tear into him and bite him. Then the stronger one will stay there and eat the nuts while the weaker ones just look on with their mouths drooling. The only way to feed them all is to give out more nuts than the strong one can eat.

Unfortunately, in nature scarcity is the rule rather than the exception.

Now we can look at these animals and call them greedy and evil but when we look at the overall picture we see that this is not the case. Instead, they are following their nature which is a necessary part of evolution, essential for their survival.

Even so a business must survive so it can accomplish the greater good of supplying livelihood for millions of people. To survive it must make a reasonable profit when the opportunity permits.

Bill Gates has made perhaps the most “obscene profits” in history and he also gives more money to charity than any man in history as well as creating more millionaires than any man in history.

I find that most people who criticize the obscene profits have never been in business for themselves and do not have a feel of what it takes to succeed. Having been in numerous business efforts in my life and operating a small business in the present I do understand and therefore I do not condemn.

Creating a successful business involves tremendous personal risk that few would take without a strong profit motive. I admire any person who can pull it off and play by the rules.

Even so, I hope to be a part of a force that initiates higher business principles that can bring greater equality and prosperity to all. But any effort has to take into consideration the imperfections that exist among us mortals and work with them. We  cannot expect heads of corporations to have the mindset of Mother Teresa.

To the critics of business profits, I again ask: Do you practice what you preach? Do you take from your obscene wages and give to those not making as much as you so they are equal with you?

No you say. You give some but need most of your wages just to survive.

That’s the way a business feels.

Reader Comment: Wow JJ, You are beginning to sound like you work for the Bush administration, …

JJ: Actually, I seek to speak the truth and let it do its work no matter who is offended.

Because I say that corporations are an essential part of current society and perform a necessary function you link me with the Bush Administration.

Actually the small businessperson is much more likely to support Bush. The large corporations and big money often oppose Bush and conservatives in general. Bill Gates and most executives at the largest business corporation – Microsoft are Democrats as well as Steve Jobs and most of Apple. They refuse to advertise in any media linked to a conservative.

George Soros another big corporate guy dedicated his fortune to defeating Bush. This guy has done more to hurt the little guy than any corporation paying low wages. He made a lot of his money by trading currencies and one time almost caused the collapse of Great Britain’s money., a corporation dedicated to defeating Bush obtained half of its financing in the first quarter of 2004 from just two large corporate guys.

Many corporations associated with supporting Bush often give and equal amount of money to Democrats. Unfortunately, the political parties are both a little like the Mafia subtly demanding protection money.

Reader: Corporations are run by humans but at a certain level they lose their humanity. This is part of the matrix that we need to get out of in order to get out from under the control of the beast.

JJ: Associating corporations with a fictional movie idea is a stretch. There are also benevolent corporations feeding impoverished children in third world countries. Like any group containing fallible people there are good and bad in them all.

Reader: JJ, thinks that we can use it to bring forth Zion but I feel that it is what is stopping Zion because in business if you don’t play by the beasts rules you don’t get to play.

JJ: First, I’m, not sure what you mean by “it.” Perhaps you mean corporations. What is a corporation? It is a group of people getting together for a stated purpose. In this sense, I suppose even Zion could be called a corporation for it will be composed of a group of people getting together for a stated purpose.

Rules and laws have nothing to do with the beast. Blind authority is what creates the beast. Some corporations support unjust authority and some do not. Most corporations and individuals are deceived by such authority.

My main point was that you cannot lump any group of people together and call them all evil.

Reader: JJ, I must say I agree with most of the spiritual teachings but where you are coming from in the world issues makes me nervous.

JJ: You covered some territory that has little to do with what I have written, but you haven’t specifically told me anything with which you disagree. If you can tell me exactly where you disagree with me then I could appropriately respond. Accusing me of being a spokesman for the Bush administration says nothing concrete or specific.

Reader: There is enough! We have enough of everything. Abundance is everywhere! We only have to proclaim it for ourselves. Do you realize just what we pay in the USA to go golfing for a year would feed India for a year. All of India! I am not saying just feed them but to teach them to work for themselves.

JJ: This is what corporations are now doing. They are both teaching them and feeding them. More often than you realize when you call technical support or a credit card company you get a laborer from India who is happy to have a corporate job.

Yes, if all those (either individuals or corporations) who had abundance helped the poor, the poor would all get fed, but how do you accomplish this? The Bolshevik Revolution attempted to do this and it turned into the Soviet tyranny which took away freedom and made the country go into poverty.

Just saying something like “If everyone just gave their golfing fees, their cigarette money, sacrificed going to movies etc, the XYZ could be helped,” does nothing.

Let’s face it. Neither people (in general) nor corporations nor governments are going to give up all their spending on pleasure or non necessities to help the poor. It’s not in their nature, and to say “they should do it” is just being unrealistically moralistic.

When you were making $50,000 a year you could have sacrificed and lived on $30,000 and given $20,000 to the poor, but I’ll bet you didn’t do it, but you are happy to tell others what they “should’ do with their money.

Reader: I can’t believe that exploitation has been condoned in this group.

JJ: Exploitation has not been condoned in this group by anyone.

Reader: When one person benefits greater from a situation than another person because of their circumstance that is exploitation.

JJ: There is never equal benefit in any situation. One person always benefits more than another in any exchange. Just like no two snowflakes are alike no two exchanges are exactly equal. Close to equal or equal satisfaction is the best that can be achieved. Remember the corporations establish plants in third world countries because they are invited, often with happy anticipation.

Reader: So give the people in India or where ever a wage in their country that is comparable to the wage they would give in the USA.

JJ: If corporations were forced to do this then the Indians would not be employed at all and would be poorer than ever. The corporations simply wouldn’t go there and would keep the jobs in their own country. A lot of average Americans would be happy with that.

In seeking real change, we must deal with reality, not wishful thinking.

(NOTE: In 2005 when this was written the GDP of India was $820 Billion. In 2021 it had increased to $3,173 Billion. Today the people of India are much richer than they were in 2005 thanks to the help from our greedy corporations)

Reader:: I think Americans are too greedy and have caused our cost of living to skyrocket because of our greed and now we are caught in a vicious circle.

JJ: Why single out Americans? They are no more greedy than anyone else, all things being equal. Nobody’s perfect.

It appears to me from my experience that the average person can buy much more with his wages now than 40 years ago. I think we’ve made progress. Maybe that’s the difference between seeing the glass half full or half empty.

To obtain a grasp of my ideas for change in business read my treatise on The Molecular Business at: LINK

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Aug 5, 2005

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Seeing What Is

Seeing What Is

I couldn’t resist responding to this post from a guru in another group.

He wrote: Unfortunately, my dear friend, I disagree with the premise of this E-mail and the Judge’s synopsis of the case before him (the shoe bomber), his judgment and the penalty he rendered.

The very computer on which I write this response, as well as the computer upon which you read this response, was put together piece by piece by the “slave” labor of other human beings who are paid, at the most, 20 cents per hour, so that we “Americans” can have our computers at a low cost, so we “Americans” can send to our “friends” our diatribes of patriotic arrogance sweetened with words of political grandeur so as to justify our country, which not only destroys the lives and freedom of other countries to live and govern themselves as they wish, but enslaves countless millions of other human beings around the world to provide us with the “American Dream” the putrid consumption of our materialistic lives.

This arrogant American judge wouldn’t have been able to deliver his biased speech of pride and personal political gain from the careful and thoughtful formation of his words in his attempt to belittle the defendant before him and put him up as a patriot of “freedom”, from the bench of “his” court, where he is supposed to sit in fair, unbiased judgment of all, if it were not for the many “slaves” that toil hour after hour in the hot sun on corporate farms getting paid minimum wage to provide the “learned” man dressed in black who sits in judgment of others, the strawberries and cream that he eloquently eats for breakfast.

After his breakfast, the chinaware on which the nourishment sat, which was also produced by human beings treated no better than slaves to create “inexpensively” the elegant saucer, is placed in a dishwasher, where a needless amount of water is used to wash the china clean by a machine that was also put together by another human being who is paid just enough wage to be able to afford enough bread (no strawberries and cream, they’re too expensive) to feed her children who live in squalor and poverty forced upon her because her husband was arrested, convicted, and sentenced by the same man in black for trying to enter his precious “land of the free” to pick the strawberries and earn the few dollars for the back braking work that he was willing to do in the torrid sun, which the judge wouldn’t dream of doing for himself.

There is a war of terrorism going on throughout this world…

…But who, my Friend, are the real terrorists?

JJ: It’s amazing to me how many people in this country think that the United States is more terrorizing than those who want to hack our heads off with a dull knife.

I’ll tell you what would produce the real terror and that is if we started doing all the manufacturing ourselves. The effect would be that millions of people in third world countries would lose their jobs. When such a person comes face to face with losing their job then there would be real terror in his heart. In addition to this our prices on goods would skyrocket. It would be a lose-lose situation.

It is true that these people work for much less than we do, but that is their choice to accept the job, and those who do have jobs are considered the lucky ones, for the wages offered by the corporations are the highest available for them. Before  that had nothing, but now they have a hope for a better life. Besides, if the corporation kept the wage high they would hire in the United States and the third world person would have no job at all.

Since when does the victim of a terrorist plead for what the terrorist offers, and those who do not receive from the terrorist are disappointed???

According to the above writer the Lord of the vineyard (God) is a terrorist. Let us look at the parable:

Matt 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man [that is] an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Matt 20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

Matt 20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,

Matt 20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Matt 20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. Matt 20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?

Matt 20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, [that] shall ye receive.

Matt 20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them [their] hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

Matt 20:9 And when they came that [were hired] about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.

Matt 20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. Matt 20:11 And when they had received [it], they murmured against the goodman of the house,

Matt 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought [but] one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

Matt 20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Matt 20:14 Take [that] thine [is], and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.

Matt 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

Some of the early laborers only received about 8% of the wage of the last workers just as business often pay laborers in different circumstances differing amounts.

In addition, the Lord of the vineyard caused the grumbling workers to work 12 hours in the heat of the day if they wanted paid. I’m sure many would consider it evil if a corporation did this and paid them one-twelfth the wage of certain chosen ones.

Was this evil?

Listen to the words of Jesus:

“Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?” Matt 20:13-15

So, I ask, Is this writer’s eye evil because corporations employ people who eagerly accept a job for an agreed upon wage following the example of the Lord of the vineyard?

It would indeed be nice if all of us could receive the wage we wanted but it is not practical at present. Even so, circumstances are improving worldwide. After World War II everything seemed to be made in Japan because the wages there were so cheap, but they paid their dues and now their pay is so high that they wind up giving us jobs by building auto plants here.

The fact is that it is a sacrifice for the American workers to have their companies offer lower paying jobs in the third world. They sometimes lose their jobs and have to take another or go to school for something requiring a higher skill.

The lower paying job taken in the third world is taken eagerly just like the first workers in the vineyard took theirs because it offers them much more than they had without the job.

To offer someone an opportunity that they can take or leave is not slavery by any stretch of the imagination. Since when can a slave quit and tell his taskmaster to shove it and go somewhere else with no penalty, no lashes and no imprisonment?

“Is it not lawful for me (or corporations) to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?”

Comment from JJ, 2022: I know this is a controversial subject but in expecting progress we have to plough with the horses we have, not with those we do not have. We have to realize that corporations and businesses, as a whole, are rarely established as benevolent societies, but for the purpose of making money. A business does not seek to establish itself in third world country to help them out, but to help themselves out. Basically, with human consciousness the self-first applies almost universally. In seeking to make the world a better place this fact has to be taken into consideration for the foreseeable future. We just cannot expect any business entity to go to great expense (as well as criticism from employees) and leave this country and build in another unless the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.  Once this is accepted then we can see more clearly the advantages and disadvantages to the developing country involved.

Basically the only choice comes down to business not going to a developing county and thus they continue in great poverty, or to go in which will gradually reduce poverty, and hopefully eventually lead to abundance, but this always takes time. Look at China. When American business first entered, they were a poverty-stricken nation and now many have abundance and they have as many billionaires as we do. Now they are lending money to us and buying up our land and businesses.

A lot of people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. Edward R. Murrow

Aug 4, 2005

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Conspiracy Theory Revisited

Conspiracy Theory

Shortly after the Tsunami in Indonesia (in 2005) I jokingly wrote the following about Bush:

“Too much attention has been placed on the problems in Iraq lately and Bush needed a diversion. He thought he would kill a few Islamic terrorists in Indonesia at the same time as creating diversion so he dropped a 100-megaton atomic bomb in the Indian Ocean on a fault line. This created largest earthquake in recent memory causing the giant Tsunami, which killed over 150,000 Muslims and left millions homeless. This sent an underground message to the terrorists to not mess with Texas.”

I wasn’t too surprised when conspiracy theories started arising shortly after I posted this, but what was amusing was how close the conspiracy theories were to my satire.

It is entirely predictable that conspiracy theories will surface around any major catastrophe or big event in world history. The larger question may be why this is so? While it is true that there have been active conspiracies behind the scenes of world history it is completely illogical to assume that every major event and every catastrophe is caused by invisible sabotagers working behind the scenes.

Sometimes bad things just happen and sometimes big events materialize for exactly the reason that is seen on the surface. Look at your own individual life for instance. The last time you had an auto accident do you think some conspirator tampered with the brakes or was it just a bad combination of events? In almost every case the bad stuff that happens to us is caused by the obvious.

Even so it is with the world. Once in a while a conspiracy may pull something off, but most of the time a natural course of events is to blame.

The Tsunami was caused by a major earthquake that just happens to occur with regularity in our history.

We went to the moon because we built a Saturn rocket and blasted off not because conspirators built a Hollywood set and fooled us.

Why is it so hard to believe that 911 was caused by terrorists especially in the face of the fact that Osama Bin Laden admitted that he was the mastermind?

Then with the terrorist act in London (See Wikipedia “7 July 2005 London bombings”) it was only days before conspiracy theories started to fly. G8 leaders (including Bush), bankers and others must have been involved.

Let’s take a look at this one. They have a tremendous amount of photographic and other hard evidence of who was involved. They have in custody a number of the perpetrators and they are talking. In the face of all this just imagine how lucky conspirators would have had to have been to pull this off.

They would have had to execute the plan so flawlessly that the press wouldn’t have been able to pick up a trail. The press throughout the world hates Bush and if they could pin anything like this on him or other G8 leaders they would.

Thousands of police are investigating. Somehow the conspirators would have had to cover all their tracks so perfectly that none could follow leads to them.

They may say that those who executed the attack were lower-level dupes, but so many were involved that it would only be a matter of time before someone would talk and expose the conspiracy.

Now let us get back to the question as to why conspiracy is seen in so many places?

The answer is you find what you are looking for and if you suspect a conspiracy and look for it you will find evidence.

For instance, let us suppose that you suspect your spouse is having an affair and he or she is completely innocent. Even though he is innocent will you still find what you are looking for? Yes, in almost every case where unreasonable suspicions arise, evidence will be found to confirm them.

So why do conspiracy people look for insidious motive under every rock?

There are several reasons why conspiracies are looked for. Here are a few:

(1) The theorist likes to see himself as more intelligent than the crowd and to see beyond what appears to be obvious is one way to affirm this. The trouble is that so many people are swallowing conspiracy these days that the effect is the opposite. Today the conspiracy theorist often goes along with the crowd of fellow conspiracy theorists.

(2) The theorist is often anti authority and looks for sinister motives within the powers that be. Indeed, the corruption within the ranks of established authorities adds fuel to this fire.

(3) The theorist is often an intellectual with good powers of observation and loves the game of using his mind to see cause beyond the obvious cause. It’s a little like seeing the face of Jesus in an ink blot. It’s kind of a fun intellectual exercise.

(4) The theorist often has a theological belief system that needs a conspiracy involved to make all the pieces fit.

(5) There is a particular person in power (like Bush or Clinton) that the theorists just hates and is happy to blame for the world’s problems.

(6) The theorist is often having a tough life and instead of taking responsibility for it he blames it on the bankers, politicians or whoever working behind the scenes to desecrate his life.

Most conspiracy people are barely surviving financially.

The one area where some proven conspiracy has been involved in history is assassination. Because this can be pulled off by the outward work of one person or even accomplished subtly through poisoning and other means this has been the work of conspiracy throughout history. Because an assassination can be pulled off in seconds the cover-up is much easier than an earth-shaking event such as 911.

Why did I decide to post on this subject again?

Because the main thrust of this forum is the search for truth. How can we be expected to find the truth in spiritual matters if we cannot see the obvious in the events happening in the world around us? To see reality as it is, is always a good exercise of the spiritual mind in sharpening the discernment of truth.

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), “The Rhodora”

July 30, 2005

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