The Truth is Out There
BY M. SABEHEDDIN
"Ignorance...brought about anguish and terror. And the anguish grew solid like a fog and no one was able to see."
- The Gospel of Truth, 17:10, Nag Hammadi Texts
"Humanity is asleep, concerned only with what is useless, living in a wrong world....Do not prattle before the People of the Path, rather consume yourself. You have an inverted knowledge and religion if you are upside down in relation to Reality. Man is wrapping his net around himself. A lion (the man of the Way) bursts his cage asunder."
- The Sufi Master Sanai, teacher of Rumi, in The Walled Garden of Truth (1131 C.E.).
What role does conspiracy and cover-up play in the multifarious facets of life in the closing years of this twentieth century? Are powerful groups manipulating events as part of a long-range strategy to bring about a totally controlled global society? Does recognition of conspiracies lead to paranoia and delusion? Or does it actually explain events and thereby empower people?
It is not the purpose of this short article to examine the range of crimes, cabals and secret plots broadly covered by the word conspiracy. Nor do we intend to prove the existence of some international conspiracy at work in the crisis torn world of the 90s. What we want to touch on is the implications of conspiracy theories for personal transformation. What we want to explore here is a different way of seeing the world.
First let us define the meaning of that seemingly disturbing word: "conspiracy". Webster's International dictionary gives, as one connotation, "a combination of men for an evil purpose; a plot". The Oxford Dictionary of English agrees, defining conspiracy as "a combination of persons for an evil or unlawful purpose; an agreement between two or more to do something criminal, illegal or reprehensible; a plot".
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