“The very word secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society. And we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings. But we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy, that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of election, on intimidation instead of free choice. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit highly efficient machine that combines, military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, and political operations. Its preparations are concealed not published, its mistakes are buried not headlined, its dissenters are silenced not praised, no expenditure is questioned no secret is revealed. That is why the Athenian Law Makers decreed it crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. I am asking your help in the tremendous task in informing and alerting the American people and confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be, free and independent.”
--John F. Kennedy
The secrets president Kennedy was prepared to reveal cost him his life. And although President John F. Kennedy was assassinated shortly after making that speech, what he said still holds true today. We live in a world today that is based on secrecy and this secrecy permeates our human experience on every level and aspects of our lives. It infects every level of society from the governments to the religions to individuals. It has become our preferred way of dealing with each other. Corporations have trade secrets, and quite often require their employees to keep those secrets by signed agreement. The government operates on a ‘need to know’ basis, and those who need to know are very rarely if ever the general population. Religions hold secret rituals, and sequester secret knowledge in private to the point where one of the major religions held their primary ceremony in a language that no one understood for nearly a century. Secret societies such as the Skull and Bones, The Masons, The Thelemic Orders, and the Illuminati, meet in secret to discuss secret agendas and plans. We have whole sections of the government installed to protect these secrets as well as trying to acquire the secrets of other governments. The CIA, FBI, NSA and many others would not exist if it weren’t for our secrecy based society. We rationalize our secrets by lying to ourselves with ideas such as what you don’t know won’t hurt you or you can’t handle the truth or the truth hurts. Those that hide the truth rationalize that the truth is somehow so incomprehensible that to know it would somehow damage us. For this reason it’s no wonder that over 90% of the world populations do not trust their own governments. And to add to the problem we then protect those secrets by telling lies. We lie about ourselves, our relationships, and our everyday experience. When asked a simple question such as, “How are you?” the accepted response is “Fine, regardless of our true feelings. We make up lies to be socially acceptable. Considering all the lying that’s going on I find it quite ironic how much resistance I get when I tell people that they’ve been lied to. What kind of society have we become that we prefer lies to the truth?