We are living in uncertain times it would seem.
Or are we? Riddle me this Batman!
I am curious by nature. Currently I am working on my second publication which is purely fiction. Still I’m doing a lot of research to support the story I’m telling.
I want this story to unfold with a degree of authenticity to it. Use modern information, etc.
In my travels over the world-wide web recently I have been coming across several conspiracy theories. The most recent is the Flat Earth Society. I’m not sure who began this, or if it has simply remained in place since the beginning of our kind, but the belief is that the earth is a flat and immobile. Someone has managed to convince a few high-profile athletes such as Shaq O’Neal that this theory is in fact truth.
An odd thing happens when a ‘celebrity’ weighs in on something. Suddenly the preposterous can seem plausible. Why is that?
Shaq states he has driven from Florida to California several times and it’s always been flat. So…that means the the world is indeed flat. Alrighty then.
Stating that this planet of ours is stationery and that the sun does indeed revolve around us at a distance of only 3,000 miles and is really just a little bigger than our moon sounds ludicrous at best.
Then of course the fact that NASA is completely fabricated and designed to hide the truth from us. The Flat Earth Society insists there has never been any space travel…ever! So no images of the earth from space have every been taken. All of the images we’ve viewed have been fabricated.
The Mars rover is on a dessert somewhere or maybe in Arizona and the images are then adjusted to give the appearance of other-worldliness.
My question would then be why would governments go the expense to fabricate such lies? And honestly, I don’t want to know what theorists’ reasoning would be for this.
I watched a You Tube video today, 32 minutes in length, that insisted after viewing this video I would know that the earth was indeed flat and accept this notion as fact.
Nope! Didn’t happen.
The person narrating gives no comprehensive evidence. We do not learn who he is or what his credentials are or how it is has happened upon this information. There was no mention about weather, tidal activity, gravitational pull, earthquakes, volcanic activity, etc. There is no physical information to support this theory. At one point the argument was that we should feel ourselves moving through space if in fact we were rotating around the Sun and spinning like a top to boot!
And surely when we look out upon the horizon, we should see the curve!
Now I’ve flown in an airplane. A Boeing 747 travels at approximately 567 miles per hour at 35,000 feet. Do I feel like I’m hurtling along at an insane speed? No. In fact, it feels like I’m hardly moving at all.
This of course has to do with the laws of physics, speed, velocity and all that other lovely mathematical things that I have always been fascinated by even though I’m not quite wired to understand it all in depth. Still, I get it. And I’ve been on an airplane a few times. I’ve seen the earth’s curvature as well.
I’ve photographed the moon and caught the various stages in all their glory. The moon is definitely round. Why then would the earth not be so?
Still, Flat Earthers will tell you that the moon is not round and we only see one side of it. And they do not offer explanation as to the various moon phases.
Still the questions that have arisen are not answered with hard core fact and proof. For example, Flat Earthers insist that Antarctica is the end of the world and giant wall of ice some 350 feet high is at the earth’s end to which it is unknown what lays beyond. This sounds like an episode from ‘Game of Thrones’. And gravity does not exist, at least not in the way that we have been told.
Again no offer of what gravity actually is…just more vague rhetoric.
More concerning, however, is the mindset that happens when a conspiracy theory develops roots. Why are we questioning what has been proven? And why are there those among us who refuse to accept fact and choose to instead believe in information that, if anything, lends itself to something of a paranoid state?
If we’ve been lied to about the ‘planet’ we live on for all these years, what else are the powers that be not telling us?
Oh the horror!
In all seriousness, such groups are a little scary to me. And now a Flat Earther has declared that the no forests exist on earth. They are gone!
I have added the link to a wiki page link. It simply has some question and answers.
Have a great day everyone and may the earth continue turn, round and round and round….