Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We The People, pt. 3, 377 words

So. Like I was saying, the copper plate. Now, some of the people who look meaningfully at the Great Seal and pronounce it a secret Masonic "fuck you, we own everything" to the world, they look at the story of the man in black giving Jefferson the engraving and declare that obviously the man was someone like Adam Weishaupt, the founder of the Ancient Illuminated Seers of Bavaria (better known as the Bavarian Illuminati, or just the Illuminati). It only follows, you see, it just stands to reason, they say, and talk about Weishaupt's own Masonic influences and his anti-monarchy, revolutionary writings back in Bavaria, about how the Founding Fathers weren't just influenced by the Masons but the Illuminati as well. It's not just some good old boys' club anymore, no, it's a grand conspiracy to rule everything. And from there the explanations just get more and more complicated, more and more confused.

Me, I've got my own theories. And I know they make me sound even wackier than the conspiracy theorists, who want to blame the Rothschilds, the Bilderburgers, the aliens... God, I wish it was that easy. That simple. That human. I really do.

There's a line I read once, from another person that others called crazy, like they're going to call me. He worked at Miskatonic University in Arkham, back in the "bad old days," when the legacy of the Spiritualist movement brought back interest and belief in the occult, in séances and spirits and witchcraft and other bits of malfeasant lore. Back when Arkham and the surrounding Miskatonic County had the highest suicide rates and most people committed to mental institutions per capita of the whole world in the middle of the Roaring Twenties, and held on to its record clean through the Great Depression.

In his memoirs and collected letters, which saw a very limited circulation due to the pressing distraction of World War II, this professor at Miskatonic reported a prophecy about the fate of the world: "The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and reveling in joy."

Sound familiar?

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