Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the
time of the Pharaohs. For 4,000 years, fierce battles have been waged
between codemakers and codebreakers, and the story of these battles is
civilization’s secret history, the hidden account of how wars were won
and lost, diplomatic intrigues foiled, business secrets stolen,
governments ruined, computers hacked. From the XYZ Affair to the Dreyfus
Affair, from the Gallic War to the Persian Gulf, from Druidic runes and
the kaballah to outer space, from the Zimmermann telegram to Enigma to
the Manhattan Project, codebreaking has shaped the course of human
events to an extent beyond any easy reckoning.
-The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet.
There are times in which
my mind grows weary with fools who believe they have found hidden codes
within the bible. One such person who recently wrote the Painful Truth
was cock sure he was on to something big. Really big!
Throughout history, amateur sleuths
have been driven in part by the knowledge that steganography—the art of
hiding messages—has long been practiced. Enter Robert Stephenson Smyth
Baden-Powell. He was was a lieutenant-general in the British Army,
writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement. He was posted in
Malta for three years, working as an intelligence officer for the
Mediterranean under the Director of Military Intelligence. He frequently
traveled disguised as a butterfly collector, incorporating plans of
military installations into his drawings of butterfly wings. His work
was one of stealth for the benefit of his nation. The intelligence
community of Britain had the knowledge and the ability to decipher his
drawings from foregone knowledge of the spies mission.
There are those who have been convinced
that through divine revelation or the assistance of extraterrestrials,
the builders of the Great Pyramid embedded the sum total of scientific
knowledge within the dimensions of the structure. Pyramidologists
persist in their claims despite a 1992 effort to debunk them by Dutch
astrophysicist Cornelis de Jager. Jager demonstrated the dimensions of
any object can be manipulated to yield a desired outcome; he derived the
speed of light and the distance between the Earth and Sun from his
measurements of a bicycle.
This past May, a Venezuelan state TV
host announced he had discovered a conspiracy to assassinate the elder
brother of President Hugo Chavez. The evidence could be found in a
newspaper crossword puzzle. This kind of amateurish investigation is
called “pathology of cryptology.” A term coined after a chapter title in
David Kahn’s book “The Codebreakers”
Perhaps these people are altruistic in
that they may receive an intrinsic reward in the form of personal
gratification or that they see things they desperately wants to see even
if they are not really there. I believe that these people have a need
for recognition, to be the first to find a secret code with secret
information. It is what they “believe” that will propel them to the
status of scientist (authority figure) within their minds.
Another Type of Nut.
Hence we have seen in the cog’s an
array of “new knowledge” “new pronouncements from God” from those who
deem themselves as Gods number one man and utmost authority. The only
difference from those mentioned above is that in the “churches of God”
altruistic behavior is non existent. There is no sign of this behavior
within the leadership. So just why do these clowns go to great lengths
to convince a limited supply of Armstrongist blue ribbon tithe paying
patrons of their spin?
The answer is found in money. The
ability to collect large amounts of wealth and enrich oneself. For it is
money that can build a life of leisure, a life free of burdensome toil
that most of humanity cannot even imagine.
Their greed is nothing more than a cheap anesthetic to deaden the pain of an empty life.
The way to bring meaning into life is
to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community
that surrounds you, and devote yourself to creating something useful
that gives you purpose and meaning and that you can share with others.
It has been said that there are three
great forces that rule the world: stupidity, fear and greed. Being
stupid at times is to be human. But fear and greed, these are the tools
that destroy individual emotional responses. We call this the “herd
mentality” or “herd behavior.”
One example of this is Adolf Hitler. He
used herd behavior and crowd psychology to his advantage by placing a
group of German officers disguised as civilians within a crowd attending
one of his speeches. These officers would cheer and clap loudly for
Hitler, and the rest of the crowd followed their example, making it
appear that the entire crowd completely agreed with Hitler and his
The “tools” of fear and greed that the
churches unload on the membership affects the everyday decision-making,
judgment and opinion-forming behaviors of the individual. No longer can
they think for themselves but they think as a collective. One mind, one
thought. One good example is the Borg from the Star Trek series. A
collective that robs all individualism from its members.
SO, when you hear your church leader say “God has revealed a new truth to me” recall this Psalm:
“Even though I walk through the
valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you (God, not
the minister) are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Think for yourself and discover freedom!