People who see connections between events that other people don’t see are considered conspiracy theorists. This conjures up images of unkempt men in dark rooms with filing cabinets full of “evidence” that they post on their websites to prove that their view of reality is the TRUTH! Obviously the Earth is controlled by reptilian aliens that live in tunnels underground and the moon landings were faked.
Really, the human brain is a machine that looks for evidence to prove what it already believes. You take in new information and store it in relation to old information. Creativity is making connection between unlikely bits of information where none existed before. When you are creative, you are relating previously unrelated ideas to one another.
Creative people are conspiracy theorists that are less concerned with the past and more concerned with the future. What ideas can we, as creative people, come up with now that will cause the future we want to live in?
This can be as simple as a reality where you have a lot of money or as complex as some kind of Utopian society where everyone immortal.
What conspiracy can you put in motion now that will make the future amazing? What new connections can you make that will expand what it means to be human? What decision can you make today that someone 100 years from now will point to as a turning point in human history?
Don’t use your brilliant mind to look for evidence of alien interference in history or Nazi moon bases.
Instead, create new conspiracies, the kind that make things better.
If you are a reptilian alien and reading this, ignore the plea to create a new reality, you guys have already done enough.
I always liked Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Toynbee Convector”: I’m going to spoil it by summarizing, so don’t read further if you don’t want it to be spoiled. 🙂
The premise is that the Earth is in a horrible state, and one man goes into the future, sees how great it all turned out, comes back and shares the photos and proof with everyone. Everyone is so excited that they are renewed, and things turn around quickly. There’s a big holiday planned to greet the time traveller on the day that he arrived in the future, but he doesn’t show up. He’s an old man at this point, of course, and he reveals that it was all a big hoax, but that he wanted to give people enough hope to make his fictitious future a reality.
Fantastic story. I remember it, or half-remember it. All we can do is inspire and work, (or choose to just consume) it’s our lives.