Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sucked In By a Stupid 9/11 Conspiracy Movie

Last night Epu popped in a DVD while we were cleaning up the kitchen. He said a friend had given it to him, highly recommended. It was a documentary called "Zeitgeist: The Movie."

We quickly got so wrapped up in it that when the kitchen was clean we transferred the DVD to my laptop so we could watch it while taking care of another job upstairs. The first section was all about drawing parallels between the story of Jesus Christ and other ancient religions and myths. The movie claimed that the Jesus story was identical to a bunch of others, mainly Horace of ancient Egypt, and that they were all based on some very basic astrology. Like, all the "god" figures were born to virgins, adored by three kings, and crucified.

I was floored. How could I, a lifelong religious skeptic, get to this age without learning that Jesus' resume was identical to a bunch of other figures that predated him by thousands of years, and that the whole thing was nothing more than a description of the stars at sunrise on Dec. 25?

Well, I could get to this age without hearing that because it's not true. After blowing a couple of hours on this movie, Epu and I stayed up a little later Googling. After the relgion section, the movie dove right into 9/11 conspiracy theories and then a grand theory of how every aspect of our lives -- including the Great Depression and 9/11 -- are controlled by the United State's evil central bank. As the movie began to fly on the farther and farther-out reaches of believability, our Google fingers started twitching.

Online we found tons and tons of sites refuting the movie's claims point by point. Apparently just as there is a vibrant conspiracy community out there, there is also an active "conspiracy theory debunking" community. Several sites called the parallels between Jesus and Horus and "Internet myth," and Wikipedia's page on Horus does not mention any of the elements the movie claims are part of his story: no virgin birth, no crucifixion.

OK, I still believe -- and it is widely accepted to be true -- that we celebrate Christmas when we do because this is when northern-hemisphere cultures celebrate the winter solstice and beginning of lengthening days. But that doesn't mean that the entire Jesus story is actually based on the solstice, as the movie tried to purport. It sounded neat, but their source was one self-published book.

Speaking of the holidays, while walking through Oak Park this morning we noticed an apartment with a Santa on its balcony and the window sprayed with that white stuff to say "Merry Xmas." C'mon, people! Just because the stores are gonna start the holidays way to early doesn't mean we private citizens have to go along with it.

Conspiracy indeed.

1 comment:

Marketing Mommy said...

What's Epu going to say to his friend? Will he confront him on the movie's idiocracy?