Fear of Transparency: I have been contemplating deeper things lately, and thinking about why some people do what they do. I was asked by my dad recently why some people act the way they do on a particular subject, and why others don't. Tough questions without a simple answer. But the more I think about it, some people just stay quiet so as not to cause any ripples.
I will confess that there are areas in my life where I don't want to be transparent. I don't want the world to know that I believe in some idea that 99% of the world would consider strange. Even when presented with all of the facts many people prefer to live with blinders on because they are helpless to do anything significant to change the course of their lives.
Tori and I were talking about this last night as it relates to the global warming concept. There are people out there who have made it their life's goal to tell everyone that we are going to die because of it. There are unquestionably meteorological phenomenon that can't be explained, and other data that contradicts it. I saw a documentary over the weekend that said that the Great Lakes are drying up due to the increasing temperatures, but then later it seemed to indicate that the real cause might be that the main river leaving the lakes may have been dredged too deeply and now all of the water is flowing out with nothing flowing it. Seems like an easy fix if that is the case. But while some lakes are drying up, others are telling us that the ocean is rising because of glacier melt. We are told Manhattan will be under water in 23 years, but there hasn't been a millimeter of rise in the ocean in New York, so it makes it hard to get all worked up about it.
The key to me is if you believe in something a little out of the mainstream, what are you doing about it? This weekend it was announced that Tom Cruise is building a $10m bunker under his Aspen home to protect his family against the inevitable attack from Xenu (he now denies this). Tom, you believe in a faith that teaches that we are going to be attacked by Xenu, why not build the bunker, its pretty obvious that you have the money. Let the world know that you are putting your faith to the test. Sure, it is a strange concept and 99.99% of the people think that this was one of Hubbard's best sci-fi works, but if you believe it then build it. This is no difference than the many who built bomb shelters in the 50's because of the Russians. If my dad had believed that we were going to be attacked by the Russians and didn't build a bomb shelter I think that I would have less respect for him.
So yes, I have my little “thing” that I have that makes me a little different than the rest, but I think for now I will keep it to myself. I quietly live a life style that back up my ideology, but I don't think that I am ready to announce to the world the $10m bunker at the Digital Ranch, or even a $100 bunker. In fact, no bunker is being built. If Tom is correct then he and Katie and the kids will have all of the world for themselves. What a sad world.