Here’s a video a good friend of mine recently made, and what follows is my reply:
Your first premise is not mutually exclusive, they could be trying to screw everyone over as part of benefiting themselves. Your second premise from what I understand of quantum theory (and I may be wrong, easily) I would say falls down on the idea of decisions, in that the observer affects the result by observing, or so I think the science says, and not by direct decisions about what the result should be of that situation (beyond that of to observe), although I may be inclined to agree with you in certain contexts that our decisions may be influential in the outcome such that we can decide to mould reality on a certain level, I don’t think the science goes as far as to back that point . That may be our own belief making that jump (and maybe moulding reality!). Either way I think this video is cool if you every want a starting point to discuss it with someone:
As for the overall view I would say that its not a conspiracy but just politics and the idea of elites is fair enough but I would want to see it, or form my reality, around the idea that there is a dominant group that needs to be challenged and reduced (from my perspective) for something better than the current model. I think the culture and its displays ie music, architecture, etc. are signs of who is in control, especially for those in the know, and some are deliberate and others are a kind of trickle down copycat. So I would say it’s not a conspiracy, just politics, and the real “hidden” factor is that people have systems to vote for people that are all in the pocket of the elite in some form so there isn’t really a choice. The division, or “battle lines” if you like, should really be redrawn between the elite and the others, and as long as they are able to redraw the “battle lines” in other areas they can redirect the battle itself away from them, the root cause in a lot of senses. In an idealistic sense it would be better if there were lots of different battles on issues by rational actors or groups (not solely rational however but passionate and emotional too) on different areas but not where one group had an overwhelming hold on the reins and where the outcome was so out of synch with nature or the well-being of so many. However the projection of this as a reality existing now may be another form of smoke screen. These ideas of redirection on what I would call a political level, but what you may consider as behind the scenes, is where I think your idea of conspiracy comes in.
I think you’re appeals to truth and structure through looking at science and using premises are undermined by claims about there only being three buildings ever to have collapsed through fire damage, all on 11/9, but I guess we are all allowed our own style. Having said that the movement into the mystical, spiritual, metaphysical side is something that may be influential and foundational but part of the problem with this is that it is unprovable (as I think it should be) and so becomes a personal thing if we go beyond psychology on an individual and social level. However I am aware that I am beginning to sound very reductionist so will leave this relpy here for now and see what you come back with…..
(PS enjoyed your video greatly)