I read a thread this morning, posted by a friend on Facebook, that essentially concludes that the coronavirus is a plot by Bill Gates to take over the world. He simulated a pandemic, see, then a pandemic started, right, and now he can push his vaccine, you get it, to implant us all with a microchip, man. Just like in those end-times books!
One responder shared his advice on the matter: Bill Gates, I’ve always suspected, is the anti-christ.
Sure, sure, we all knew that. Thanks for sharing, good point. So true.
Google it, the original poster said, if you don’t believe me. Google it for yourself.
It’s been debunked by so many sites by now that it hardly warrants consideration, here or anywhere else. But, the truth of the matter is we gonna believe what we gonna believe. As I’ve told you all, ad nauseum, I have no problem with what someone wants to believe, since there’s enough ambiguity in this great big ol’ universe to write in all sorts of our own conclusions.
I didn’t engage. I hovered above the keyboard, even copied a link, but I didn’t engage. Facebook isn’t the forum for debunking wild claims; Facebook is the forum for spreading them. One of the wisest things I have ever learned was the difference between that and that.
Another friend on Facebook made this claim:
“Even if you’re not conspiracy minded…Something deep within your soul has to be telling you something isn’t quite right.”
So true, friend, so true.
Something is not quite right, but you miss the point. It’s not a conspiracy. Conspiracy, by definition, requires coordination, competence, cooperation, organization, and synchronicity. The coronavirus pandemic has been utter chaos, handled with sheer incompetence, by almost every world leader since the start. And I don’t blame ‘em, this shit literally took us all by storm, virtually overnight.
(Bill Gates, by the way — among others — saw it coming, warned everyone about it, and told us to be prepared. But we ignored him, because that’s what we do when we don’t want a thing to be a thing just yet.)
But friend #2 is right about this: something is up. Something is always up. The world is full of competing ideas and agendas and everyone takes advantage of a crisis to advance their own. Everyone.
Donald Trump has taken advantage of this crisis to try and prove his central premise in life: that he is the greatest thing on earth and everyone should revere him as much as he does.
Other leaders like Bernie Sanders will take advantage of this moment to push a more social agenda, like universal health care and the like. That’s what he’s always been about so he’ll use this to push that.
Others, possibly even Bill Gates, will try to make a lot of money from this. For some folks, making money is everything.
Still others will push their religious agenda, to hook in folks like friend #1 above and hopefully add more sheep to the flock. Religion is an agenda, and faith leaders will use crises to push it.
This isn’t news. I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. But here I am, using the crisis to push my own agenda: critical thinking. What have I always said? Dig deeper. Think it through. Debunk your own theories, whenever you can. You’re wrong. I’m wrong. We’re all wrong.
But I can tell you this without a shred of doubt:
There is no mass conspiracy to steal your place in heaven, to control your life through implants, or to wipe out 10% of the population for some grand purpose. They ain’t that organized. They ain’t that together. It’s just a bunch of unrelated sapiens out trying to enact their own schemes, most often in direct opposition with the schemes of the others.
It’s chaos. It’s competition. In most cases, it’s incompetence. It’s just like it always was.
There just happens to also be a big contagion going on right now.
One more thing: we’re going be just fine. “They” are not shuffling us into oblivion or taking away our liberties forever. “We” won’t let ‘em, you and I, even if that’s what “they” really wanted, which “they” don’t.
We’re all in this together.
Even if we don’t always see eye-to-eye. 🧐