With Elon Musk’s latest escapades of sending a Falcon Heavy rocket into outer space with a mannequin labeled Starman riding a cherry red roadster as its payload, a new surge of debate has arisen, especially from the Flat Earth community. And why shouldn’t this spark controversy? I mean, it’s not every day that a convertible gets shot out of our atmosphere and into space orbit. This is definitely huge news! Well… at least CNN, Fox News, ABC News, The BBC news and countless of other media outlets seem to think so.
What I find fascinating about the whole ordeal is how fast nonbelievers questioned the validity of the footage recorded by Elon Musk’s SpaceX program and the quickness in which the media took to address such skepticism. In fact, Mr. Musk was asked what he thought about his own footage of Starman orbiting the earth and he replied with “It looks so ridiculous and impossible,” [but] “you can tell it’s real because it looks so fake, honestly.” I don’t know about you, but I am a bit apprehensive in regards to that statement, and I can see why so many critics would be skeptical about the SpaceX mission.
Now, I am not saying that the earth is flat or that the earth is round. In truth, I am not claiming to know the shape of the earth at all, but what I do think is credit should be given when credit is due. And, I congratulate and applaud everyone supporting the Flat Earth movement for bringing this topic to light. This is not because I believe that they are right; although, I am not saying that they are wrong either, but I do commend the Flat Earth movement in bringing forward other topics that should be seriously addressed. We shouldn’t dismiss everything a person has to say just because they don’t have the same ideology as us. Yes, this applies even if we think the person is complete and utterly insane, batshit crazy.
What we should be asking is why so many people believe the earth is flat. One would think that with all the vast amounts of evidence and years of schooling that this wouldn’t even be an issue. I mean, for crying out loud, we have pictures of the earth from outer space and let’s not forget about the numerous astronauts and all the videos of men on the moon…Right? Could all this really be faked? Can we not trust mainstream science and our government? Would they really lie to us all? I think the root of the question lies in the answer of why so many Americans distrust the government. Could it be because they have lied in the past? Does “weapons of mass destruction” sound familiar? What about Richard Nixon’s Water Gate scandal or the Gulf of Tonkin? It doesn’t help that the US government has been caught red-handed on several occasions committing crimes against their own citizens. Incidents like the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, the McCarthyism witch hunt of the 1950’s, the CIA’s involvement with MKUltra and most recently the atrocious crimes that were committed against the Native Americans at Standing Rock, have not been forgotten.
Another point that I must address is the decline of the US education system. If there is one lesson I have learned through all this Flat Earth debate is, I hate to say it, most Americans are not so bright (including me). The common US citizen lacks education, and I believe we are growing dumber by the generations. I have heard many debates in which both “Flat Earthers” and “Globe Heads” have lacked the proper knowledge in astronomy, physics, mathematics, or geography to have a legitimate, coherent debate. Sometimes I feel like we are purposely being dumbed down as a society; perhaps to be easily controlled. If you don’t feel like going too extreme or cynical like I do, and who would blame you, then maybe we can agree that in general, schools are lacking the proper funding in order for the US to become a leading country in education. It is no wonder why on an average the US ranks 24th in academics when compared on a global scale.
These abysmal statistics may have something to do with the amount of money the US pours into the educational system. According to the US Department of Education, their 2017 budget provides $69.4 billion in discretionary funding. At a glance, this is not too shabby of a budget, but when compared to the 2017 $523.9 billion Department of Defense budget, the US Correctional Facility and Incarceration System budget of $80 billion and the many trivial expenditures like the allegations that Congress has a “slush fund” from which it has paid $17 million to women who accused members of sexual harassment or abuse, it is easy to see that the US has not properly allocated its funds to the right departments.
So although debating Flat Earth may seem petty, I believe it is waking the minds of the laymen and creating a pathway for which serious questions can be asked. In my opinion, the Flat Earth Movement stems from the idea that we have been deceived, held captive, indoctrinated and mistreated by our own government. People yearn for a change. They crave a better life, and if the Flat Earth Theory is discovered to be real then this would definitely be the greatest deception of humankind. Surely this revelation would merit a change in society. The discovery would be a justification for upheaval against our oppressors – a chance for a better life for the common human.
I say the Flat Earth debate is all fine and dandy, but we don’t need it as a catalyst for a better way of life. We as a society should unite and talk about the real issues that plague our lives and find the solutions to our problems. Don’t get me wrong, I am also curious about finding out if I live in a blue marble that is spinning thousands of miles per hour and infinitely soaring through the cosmos but I don’t need the immediate answer in order to see that my quality of life could be better. So, let’s unite as the family of the inhabitants of the earth and challenge all those who deter us from finding peace within ourselves and our neighbors.
And if you have a hard time finding out who these “boogeymen” oppressors are, I will leave you with these final thoughts: the Federal Reserve that prints money for the United States of America is not a branch of the US government. It is privately owned by Central Banking. Central Banking is owned by corporations that are owned by individuals and their families. On February 20, 1895, J.P. Morgan & Co. led a bond offering that helped rescue the United States from a severe two-year economic depression and securing a control in US policies. Cornelius Vanderbilt, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan and Henry Ford were once the richest men in the US and were considered the men who built and ran America. What makes you think that there empires and families still don’t?
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