Salt Lake City, Utah
The second week of October in 2016.
I’m still in Salt Lake serving as a parish minister.
Back to my wicked normal life next week.
“I’ve got a secret.”
Little kids say that.
Secrets are delicious items of barter among the young.
And they have great commercial value when we grow up.
Books, magazine stories, internet ads, and spam are secret-laden:
“The Secret to Financial Success.”
“The Seven Secrets of Mind-Blowing Sex.”
“The Secret to Losing Weight and Keeping It Lost.”
“The Secret to Living Longer and Better.”
“The Secret Meaning of the Book of Revelation.”
“The Secret of Getting Your Abs Back.”
“Your Grandmother’s Secret for Great Meatloaf.”
I ran across all of those at one time or another this past week.
Then there are the Secrets Societies that make the news regularly –
The Illuminati, the Masons, the Mormon Church, The Klu-Klux-Klan, The Rosicrucian’s, The Knights Templar, Opus Dei, Skull and Bones, The New World Order, and Scientology – just to name some of the better known organizations.
Then there are the secrets attached to cover-up conspiracies to hide the truth – The Roswell Alien landings, the faked Landing on the Moon, the JFK assassination, genetically modified food, Jewish Banking Cabal, Donald Trumps taxes and on and on and on.
In this vein, I can’t leave out The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Da Vinci Code, the I-Ching, Tarot Cards, and all the paranormal secret sources of divination – plus all the holy books of religion and magic.
One might conclude that the human race is naive, gullible, irrational, and superstitious – and will grab onto the idea of secret powers and ideas and information out of basic fear and paranoid ignorance.
There is some serious truth in that.
Ignorance and a feeling of helplessness fuel conspiracies.
And when exposed, conspiracies more often than not are found to
be products of confusion, ineptitude, and human failing.
The world is simply not that well-organized.
The secret unknown is not that different than what we know for sure.
Me? I believe in the Basic Law of Revelation – that truth will come out, sooner or later.
It’s easier to believe in un-revealed secrets than to get the facts.
It’s more comforting to believe in conspiracies than to think.
The truth of existence is that it is chaotic.
More often than not, nobody really knows what’s going on.
More often than not, nobody is really in control.
Most secrets turn out to be not worth knowing when you find out.
A secret is usually only something you don’t know – yet.
The only alien beings around are some of our fellow human beings.
You can see them on the street or at work every day.
You may even be one of them.
We dance round in a ring and suppose,
But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost wrote that.
And no, I don’t know what it means, either.
But it means what you make of it – like most secrets.