Early this morning I watched a robin surveying our garden from the top of our garden arch. We were both looking at the garden, saw the same things like the bird feeders, the bench, the trees and plants from a different angle, a different mindset. The bench, bird feeders, trees and plants were observable facts to us both. Same facts, different interpretation.
It reminded me of my dissertation for my final science exam. I could choose from two topics to write. The one I chose was “Is there life on Mars?” And prove from the facts at my disposal that there was. I did. But many other people proved from the facts at their disposal that there wasn’t.
THAT’S how science works.
With the facts at our disposal we make assumptions.
There is a great hullabaloo about Covid. There are many points of view.
Here is how I see it as an Historian and also a scientist.
Conspiracy theorists believe Bill Gates and the elite have coordinated a massive Hoax to depopulate our planet and enslave us. We even have proofs of all kinds from James Corbett to David Icke and all in between. There is a ‘great plan’ being developed from a central controlling group. Or a secret ancient cult.They have proof.
Lurch historians would view the Covid catastophe as an event into which opportunists have stepped and taken advantage of. LURCH history is the idea that history is driven forwards by situations that are compensated for or altered by opportunists stepping in. Lurch History is a sort of random story, unplanned from any central point. In the case of Covid, all Governments have realised their opportunity to take away our freedoms and enslave us. The believers have proof.
Then there is the Covid ‘End Times’ idea and the cleansing of the Earth. Also linked to the idea that we are being punished for our abuse of the planet. Connected also to the climate change ideology; the idea is that our natural state of being is beautiful, resistant and vigorous if we eat the correct food, use natural prophylaxis and cures for Covid and stop polluting our planet. Vegans, anti vaxxers and whole food devoties fall into this group it seems to me. And climate change activists. This situation is our fault. We can overcome Covid by avoiding the machinations of Goverments and faulty science and halt the degradation of earth. They have proof.
But, of course, we have the internet and the internet of things. Most people on the planet are connected to each other now – our real global master to whom we are slaves that spies on us daily wherever we live. The world wide web augments ideas that now spread around our once-apon-a-time villages. The web does not have ONE giant spider in the centre. It has many. Each person sending out signals vibrates on their own tiny web. They are the tiny spiders. Other small spiders recognise the vibration that excites them and they listen in. They spread the ‘Tune’. The giant spiders are also communicating their ‘Tunes’. There are many ‘Tunes’. We can mix and match. We can devote ourselves to communicating our favourites. Our ‘Tunes’ are our dissertations for our beliefs. We can prove there is life on Mars, or not, according to the facts we choose.
Conspiracy theories, Lurch opportunist theories, Cleansing theories, are simply like the bench in my garden that the Robin in my garden sees differently to me. The bench is the FACT – like Covid-19. Covid IS . From my point of view, the bench represents my inner self, a place of rest, and like Covid-19, a place where I have stopped in a world that has stopped too. I can be patient as an Historian and also a scientist here on my imaginary bench and remember that all things happen in the due course of time. I wait for the passing of time. Only time will tell. The fact is that no conspiracy theory, Lurch theory, or Earth cleansing theory can be proved true, they are all simply dissertations from a point of view. So are the predictions, fear mongering and news in the media. And Government hype.
Like much of the writings of academia published as fact for paid-for reviews ………
Like the tribal drums sending out a call for members……….
Like the sound of spiders communicating through their webs………
What is Truth except something we believe has been proven true that resonates with US?