Sunday, July 16, 2006

Fate v Conspiracy

That most people do not relish the idea that life is haphazard, random and unpredictable leads them, I think, to favour a conspiracy theory to explain tragedies that could otherwise possibly happen to anyone. More reassuring it is then to find a motive and a reason for the awful event rather than say it was an accident of fate. In this way comfort can be drawn, and a false sense of security created, that the same devastating event would not happen to the ‘man in the street’ which could be you or me!

Was it a lone mad killer who happened to shoot President Kennedy or a conspiracy?

Was Princess Diana the victim of a fatal car accident or was there a conspiracy to be rid of her?

The list goes on. . .


Scrooge said...

A sound idea in principle and one that I agree with. However, although the choice of the death of Diana maybe a perfect illustration, I don't think anyone would describe the killing of Kennedy as a random act. It had a motive and a reason behind it but we just haven't found out what that is. I doubt we ever will.

polkadotsoph said...

And how come I can fill three dustbins full of rubbish every week when I'm hardly ever here...? I think somebody is coming into my house when I'm out and just making a lot of rubbish.

David Weeks said...

To Scrooge: What I was trying to say was that perhaps the assassination of Kennedy was not a conspiracy but the action of a lone lunatic, albeit with a personal motivation that, as you say, we will never fathom.

To polkadots. I would you ask you to consider that if you awake in the morning with anything less than full vigour and alertness then perhaps you have been sleepwalking and eating and most importantly filling those dustbins - yourself!