September 12, 2019-
The nation, eighteen years ago, was both united and frightened. This, of course, did not last much more than a fortnight, in terms of a unified populace. The first questioning of the events came from abroad. French and English gadflies were already asking difficult questions, which could not be answered with glib replies-as the questions themselves were rather detailed, and reached back to suspicion about secret societies.
We Baha’is are prohibited from belonging to such secret societies, for the simple reasons that they are exclusive, promote anti-social agendas and seek power through unscrupulous means. We are inclusive, pro-social and only accept authority that is earned through service.
Let’s look, though, at what produces conspiracy theories, in the first place: Greed, lust for power and lack of transparency have combined, over the centuries, to fuel fear, suspicion and lack of trust. There is, in reality, no good reason for greed, lust for power or hidden agendas, save hatred and loathing of others, either one’s own immediate kin or neighbours, or those further afield, who may or may not be different.
So, power grabs, in the aftermath of the Dark Ages, set high-ranking clergy on a path away from the Love preached by Christ and on the path of seeking more power and wealth. The quest for dominance led European monarchs to send merchant ships to Africa, where the captains fell into the midst of tribal conflicts and used those troubles to enslave large numbers of people and encumber African leaders in their wider economic servitude, in the form of colonial dominance.
Many seemingly wild, imaginative stories have arisen, regarding just about every prominent historical figure, from the days of ancient Egypt, until the present day. However, I just have to remind myself: Just because the wide-eyed boy is sounding an alarm, doesn’t mean there is no wolf at the door. Statements and evidence need to be weighed carefully, by anyone of sound mind.