The disappearance of the Malaysian airplane keeps the world in suspense, and with it has come a gaggle of conspiracy theories. The fact that the plane has yet to be located simply adds to the whirligig of paranoiac thought that surrounds it.
Personally, I think Flight 370 pulled a “Lost,” as in the series by that name, the one about the fictitious Oceanic Air jet that crashed on a remote, mysterious island and kept viewers enthralled for six years. The good thing about that airplane was that nearly all the passengers survived. At least that’s what we initially thought.
Of course, the possibilities of what did or didn’t happen are endless. There’s the UFO theory. Were the passengers whisked away by aliens and if so, why? Or perhaps it was highjacked. Could there have been a bomb on board or a fire in the galley? Could it have safely landed somewhere in the middle of a jungle?
Though we just can’t find the people that were on the plane, or get in contact with them, we want to believe that they are alive and well.
This is because, as humans often do in times like these, we grasp on to and believe anything that keeps hope alive. Think how many times you’ve heard it said, “There’s always hope.”
Thanks to conspiracy theories, there still is hope for the Malaysian flight. And as long as those in charge of the search have no concrete answers, the families of those on board will continue to clinging to hope. After all, consider the alternative.
This isn’t the first event to have its share of conspiracy theories and it certainly won’t be the last. But before I go any further let me clarify by saying that, by nature, I am not a nut, a loon or what have you.
I am not a conspiracy theorist.
I believe in Oswald being the lone gunman and that Princess Diana really died in an unfortunate car crash, and not something choreographed by the British government. I do not believe that Elvis is still alive or that if you play a certain record backwards, you will hear someone say, “Paul is dead.”
And yet…and yet sometimes I wonder. What if any or all of the conspiracies out there are true and we who boast about having common sense, are wrong?
A couple of days ago, as I pondered the mystery of the Malaysian flight with Gina, a fellow blogger from Australia, we got to the topic of conspiracies surrounding the plane, and our discussion reminded me of the film, “Zeitgeist.” It’s been a while since I’ve seen this film, but it left its imprint on me, and the memory of it has haunted me ever since.
Mind you, it’s not a high quality film but rather, a low-budget one. “Zeitgeist,” presents a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas but does so in a manner that over-dramatizes at times, and is confusing, particularly at the beginning. But peel away at the dissonance, and you’ll find that at the crux of the film there are kernels of truth.
It is a fascinating, two-hour documentary that makes a compelling case on religion and the economic foundation of our society. It lost me a little when it focused on September 11th, but, overall, it is chock-full of information that will have you doing double takes, and maybe, just maybe, after you’ve seen “Zeitgeist,” it will have you start questioning everything.
Which is something we ought to be doing anyway, but don’t. As a society we are too distracted in our everyday lives by, of all things, pop culture. Consider me among them. We follow the exploits of the Kardashians, Justin Bieber’s troubles with the law, and who we want “The Bachelor” to choose next. Given the choice of hours of entertainment, or getting up to speed on the news, we tend to pick the former. After all, it’s so much more fun to be entertained.
Or maybe there’s a greater force at play. Something or someone that wants us to be distracted from whatever is going on in the world, so that they can do what they want without our intervention. Conspiracy? Watch “Zeitgeist,” which you’ll find below, and then get back to me. Trust me, no matter where you stand on the subject, it’ll be two hours well spent.
To believe in all conspiracies may seem foolish and a waste of time. But, on the other hand, to refuse to believe that any exist, is rather like being an ostrich with your head in the sand.
Frankly, it kind of boggles the mind.
So tell me, what are your thoughts on conspiracies? And what do you think happened to the Malaysian flight?