Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Just Between You & Me

I’ve been thinking a lot about secrets lately. Not just secrets themselves, but more to the point, things that are done in secret.

As far as I can tell, there are only two real reasons why someone would hide something from you:

1) It’s none of your business
2) It’s something that they shouldn’t be doing

Are there other reasons? Quite possibly, but I would guess that any other justifications for secrecy would probably fall somewhere under those two, even if they appear to be different on the surface.

There are obviously many legitimate things that fall under the category of “none of your business”. Intimacy between a husband & wife, for example, would certainly qualify as something you have every right to do in private (even though there are some today who opt not to).

The government uses secrecy with different classifications that also fall under the “none of your business" category, such as “NoForn”, “Classified”, “Secret”, and “Top Secret”. To have access to something with one of these classifications you must not only have the clearance to view it, but just as importantly, you have to have a “need to know”. (In other words, just because you have a “Secret” clearance doesn’t mean you can arbitrarily look at everything labeled as “Secret”; if there is no valid reason for you to see it, you’re still out of luck.)

As long as everything is on the up and up, and the people holding the secrets are men & women of integrity, there’s really no problem.

But any study of history – secular or Biblical – will show beyond a shadow of a doubt that not everyone is a person of integrity, and regardless of how our environment may have changed over time, human nature has not. All people are inherently greedy, selfish, and power seeking to some extent, and we always have been.

There are some, however, who take that greed, selfishness, and lust for power to a much higher level than the rest, and they too have always been. Integrity is not an issue for these people; it’s something to be bartered or traded or sold outright to achieve what they want.

Consider this quote from an article that I read the other day:

“It's a safe bet that if control of the world is up for sale, you will be outbid. And the people who want to buy it--the people who crave dominion over everyone else--will not be good people. Good people don't want to rule the world.” Source: Government = Corruption

Do you agree with that statement? If you do, and if good people truly don’t want to rule the world (or rule anything else for that matter), then who does that leave?

And if we’re not talking about “good people” anymore, what reason do you suppose the people who want to be in charge have for doing things in secret? Is it really just “none of our business”, or is it possibly – or even more likely – that they are doing something that they shouldn’t be doing? Something that they know we would not approve of?

Evil lives in darkness & shadow because it wants to remain hidden; it cannot live in the light. Should we then be a little more skeptical of all the things done in secrecy these days? If there is nothing to hide, then why hide? Because there sure seems to be a lot of things that are hidden from the “unwashed masses”.

I don’t trust anything or anyone whose existence is shrouded in secrecy. Whether it has to do with the Federal Reserve, the Bilderburg Group, Bohemian Grove, Freemasonry, even the Vatican; if you’re doing it in darkness, you’re hiding something.

And my guess would be that it’s because you’re doing something you’re not supposed to be doing.


Anonymous said...

Well said. Thank you.
C. Peterson

Keith Rowley said...

What about a software company like Apple? They are traditionally a very secretive company unlike Microsoft which actually encourages ALL of their employees to blog publicly about their work.

I am a fan of products by both of these companies but tend to agree with your point in that I like the philosophy of MS better.

Anonymous said...

very Interesting