Survival and Conspiracy Theories

            The conversation continued as Survival Sam, Duane and I were finishing lunch that day a few days back.


            “What do you make of so-called conspiracy buffs, Sam?” I asked.  “Are they on to something or just trying to scare people?”


            Sam sipped his coffee thoughtfully.  “It’s been said that conspiracy theories are made up by those individuals who feel powerless.  They have to have some simple explanation on which to blame their problems or the problems of the world.  That includes things such as a coup at the time of the JFK assassination and again on 9-11, or the coming of a North American Union, a one world government, etc.  This is simply turning things on their head.  It blames the individual or a group of people and their allegedly crazy beliefs.”


            “Are you saying that people who believe in conspiracy theories are telling the truth?” asked Duane.


            “not necessarily.  But they aren’t all just pulling wild plots out of thin air either.  History shows us a different picture.  There are essentially two views of history.  One is linear.  It says this event happened at such and such a time and place.  Another event happened at such and such a time and place, and on it goes.  That’s the view we’re taught in school.”


            “Yeah, and it’s boring as all get out,” Duane said.


            “True.  However, there’s a more exciting view.  There’s a conspiratorial view of history, which looks behind the time and place of events.  It’s not based on theory, and it’s not simple.  Of course, the concept behind it is simple.  There are always those who desire to have power and wealth.  Kings and governments strive to maintain their position in the face of opposition.  They become corrupt.  They often lie, cheat and steal, then justify their actions.  Also, there are always the haves and the have-nots.  To deny a conspiratorial view of history is to deny the reality of human nature and its consequences.”


            “This is getting deep for me,” I said.  “Can you bring things down to Earth a little?”


            “Sure.  One example is a favorite which people refer to often.  A linear view of history simply says Hitler killed millions of Jews during World War II.  A conspiratorial view of history looks deeper into the whys and wherefores—the motivations and their results.”


            “What does this have to do with us today?” I asked.  “What does it have to do with survival?”


            “A conspiratorial view of history explains how the world really works.  We need to be aware of that because it figures into our attitude of preparedness.”


            Duane rose to the occasion.  “We can’t possibly know all the plots and subplots of what’s going on today.”


            “Perhaps not,” Sam said.  “As I’ve said before, the key principle to know and operate from is that things are not as they seem.”


            “How do we prepare for outcomes that we can’t predict with certainty and don’t even know about?” I asked.


            “Again, we’re always making little preparations for everyday life.  We just need to have a broader view and look at a bigger picture.  For example, what big money globalist bankers do affects what our dollar buys at the grocery store, regardless of whether we like it or understand it.  There are consequences of world events regardless of whether we know about them.  In fact, it doesn’t even matter if we hear the truth and don’t believe it.”


            “So it doesn’t really matter whether there are conspiracies among the people at the top?” asked duane.


            “Truthfully, no.  But that doesn’t mean they don’t exist,” Sam said.  “There will always be debates about that.  Take an example from the weather.  A tornado watch is posted for a fairly large geographic area.  If a tornado develops at all, it’s relatively short lived and covers a relatively small area.  The extent of damage can vary greatly.  Will a tornado hit your house?  Do you want to take the chance it won’t?  You’ll keep tuned to the radio or TV and watch the skies, right?”


            Duane and I nodded in agreement.


            “It’s the same way with survival preparedness.  If nothing out of the ordinary happens, you’re not wrong to be ready for that which is not ordinary or normal, no matter what others who are less enlightened may say or think about you.  Right now, there are storm clouds approaching in the form of rising prices and loss of our freedoms, just to name a couple.  Nobody knows for certain what the outcome will be, but based on what has happened in the past, it’s best to be prepared."


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.