“There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.”

— Rene Descartes

“Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable.”

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.”

— Werner Herzog

“I never cease being dumbfounded by the unbelievable things people believe.”

— Leo Rosten

“A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. It’s only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”

— Steven Pressfield

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Any believable prediction will be wrong. Any correct prediction will be unbelievable.”

— Kevin Kelly

“It’s unbelievable to me how sure people can be of themselves.”

— Matisyahu

“If you believe, sometimes unbelievable things are possible.”

— Tim Tebow

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.”

— Corrie Ten Boom

I have always been amazed to learn what people believe. How could they possibly believe this or that, which I regard as unbelievable? With years comes wisdom, or at least a bit. Unbelievable? To me, but not to them. Why? Part of the answer lies in human nature. The rest lies in the fact that there are almost no real facts, just beliefs. Personal.

Today, factsobjective, verifiable truths – are almost impossible to discover in so many areas of life. We are consequently obliged increasingly to rely on our beliefs, or to trust information from others. Neither may in fact be true, but we must have something sufficiently believable for us to act, to live.

I struggled with this situation in a couple of posts: “Beliefs and Stories, Not Facts, Actually Rule the World”, and “Facts Do Not Matter. Then What Does?”.

Our beliefs, however acquired, are what we act upon in our daily life. We generally hope – have faith – that our beliefs are true, or sufficiently so, that we will have confidence enough to act. We may not have much supporting information, or even none at all, but we must act regardless.

The terminology here can get pretty confusing.

Digging around for some practical definitions left me even more confused. Some appear to treat these as roughly equivalent, as synonyms. Others make a distinction based on evidence – true facts (objectively verifiable) if available, or otherwise just whatever information we have at hand.

We start with evidence of some kind and form our beliefs based on this. Then we act based on our current beliefs, and see what happens. Favorable outcomes build faith and trust; unfavorable outcomes may lead to adjusting our beliefs.

Umm …

Belief: “A belief is a subjective attitude that a proposition is true or a state of affairs is the case. A subjective attitude is a mental state of having some stance, take, or opinion about something. … philosophers use the term ‘belief’ to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false.” — Wikipedia

Faith: “Faith is confidence or trust in a person, thing, or concept. … something that is believed, especially with strong conviction; complete trust; a firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” — Wikipedia

Trust: “Trust means believing that another person will do what is expected. It brings with it a willingness for one party (the trustor) to become vulnerable to another party (the trustee), on the presumption that the trustee will act in ways that benefit the trustor. In addition, the trustor does not have control over the actions of the trustee. Scholars distinguish between generalized trust (also known as social trust), which is the extension of trust to a relatively large circle of unfamiliar others, and particularized trust, which is contingent on a specific situation or a specific relationship.” — Wikipedia

Hmm …

If belief, faith, and trust are personal, then so is “unbelievable”

In other words, what I may view as being “unbelievable” is nothing more than my personal opinion. Even if I have objectively verifiable facts to support my belief, they remain personal unless I can persuade my unbelievable-thinking folks to change their belief. Fat chance, in general.

This is most inconvenient, yes?

Believability then is simply a personal matter. What I may regard as unbelievable may be regarded as quite believable to others. My view may be based on my “facts”; their views may be based on their “facts”, or possibly on no facts at all, or even on their trust in what others believe and tell them.

This gets me pretty much back to my “facts don’t matter” conjecture (see links at post start). Only beliefs matter. If beliefs turn out to be harmfully wrong, then the harm may cause me or others to modify their beliefs. Learning the hard way.

Only if my beliefs are closer to being “true” in some objectively verifiable sense – that is, not just my personal opinion – might my “unbelievable” assessment be of potential value to others. A heads-up for them, at least.

So many people today seem to believe things that are demonstrably false or harmful. They have faith and/or trust. Why?

Human nature is fundamentally trusting

I had a look at human nature a while back: “Human Nature Never Changes. But What Is Human Nature?”, and “War Is Not Part of Human Nature. True?”. These concluded that a majority of people can be persuaded to believe and support almost anything when under strong, forceful, leadership. George Washington, Adolph Hitler, Abe Lincoln, Joseph Stalin, … long list. Why?

It turns out, based on recent theorizing by Belgian psychologist Mattias Desmet, who popularized the “mass formation psychosis/hypnosis” concept of large group behaviors, that people in “crowds” can readily be led or made to believe and act similarly. His research indicated that up to roughly 70% of a population can be brought into a “mass formation” either as true believers, or as folks who go-along-to-get along. Effectively trusting.

My view of human nature has seven components that seem to distinguish humans from animals (at least in most cases). The top two were a need for belonging, and a willingness to go-along-to-get-along, to be agreeable. See also my post on this: “Why are we all so agreeable?”.

Humans are fundamentally tribal. Both belonging and going-along-to-get-along are primary tribal characteristics, our human nature. Trusting. Agreeable.

This means that a majority of people can be led or persuaded to believe and support almost anything – especially under strong leadership backed by powerful propaganda. It’s just who we are.

Our recent COVID experience provides pretty convincing evidence of this. We believed, had faith in, and trusted “experts” and “authorities” – learning so much the hard way as a result. Hitler’s Germany was another stark example.

Our COVID experience – based on trust, faith, and our inborn trusting nature.
Our COVID experience – based on trust, faith, and our inborn trusting nature.

This is not anything that can be “fixed”. It’s just part of our cognitive heritage.

Things that are judged as “unbelievable” today were more than “believable” to great numbers of people during many periods in past.

Our information-overload society is making “facts” indeterminable

I addressed just this situation in a recent post: “Information Overload, Misinformation, Disinformation”. And now we have malinformation [1]. The “truth” of so many things cannot be reliably determined. Rather than having quite limited information as in the past, we are today deluged with every sort of information, misinformation, and disinformation. Even malinformation.

[1] Malinformation is truth used to inflict harm. Examples of malinformation include phishing, catfishing, doxing, swatting and revenge porn. — Wikipedia

If people are believing the “unbelievable”, it may often be due to their inability (or unwillingness) to determine what may be actually be going on. We are simply overwhelmed in so many cases.

Well, as you might imagine, artificial intelligence (AI) is being offered as a solution to our increasing information overload. Just today, for example, I ran across this rather disturbing report on Microsoft’s new Copilot chatbot:

Not my everyday AI companion, and probably not yours either after you read the story below.
Not my everyday AI companion, and probably not yours either after you read the story below.

Susan Duclos writing in All News Pipeline (ANP) … “AI Program Claims To Be God – Microsoft ‘Copilot’ Chatbot Threatens ‘Public Executions’ For Third Offence Of Not Worshipping It As ‘SupremacyAGI, The Supreme Leader’”:

“On Friday we reported about Google’s AI image program erasing white people from history when images were requested, so much so that Google had to take it offline to try to fix the built in bias it was programmed with, but now we have news of an AI product that will tell users it is God and must be worshipped, and threatening those who refuse.”

“Before showing the examples, a quick reminder of Microsoft’s disastrous AI chat bot ‘Tay’  from 2016 and how it took less than 24 hours to turn it from ‘humans are super cool,’ into a racist, homicidal freak, all because users decided to see if they could teach it to be a Hitler-wannabe…..and they did. The link above is to HuffPost and shows examples of Tay’s meltdown.”

“It appears Microsoft has a problem with programming AI chat/information bots to resist ‘learning’ terrifying behavior. I say terrifying because AI is used for more than just the internet, it is also used as part of U.S. military warfare.”

“Artificial intelligence is playing a significant role in military warfare. Because of that, several AI applications are already being developed by the US and other countries for various military uses.”

“The United States Defense Department released its first AI plan in 2019. As a result, this led to the development of AI systems and technologies for use in defense, research, and the military.”

“Compared to conventional systems, AI-powered military systems can better manage the enormous volume of data efficiently. Because AI is so good at making decisions, it dramatically enhances the self-regulation, self-control, and self-actuation of combat systems.”

“With that said, meet Microsoft’s ‘Copilot,’ which were two Microsoft AI programs integrated into one. Their December 2023 press release stated ‘Two weeks ago, we took the significant step to bring together all of this under one brand and one experience that we call Microsoft Copilot, launching http://copilot.microsoft.com and making it accessible to anyone on any device.’”

“While it took only 24 hours to turn ‘Tay’ into a homicidal maniac, it has taken about two months to do the same to ‘Copilot,’ but with a twist.”

Read the full article to see what else Copilot is up to these days. Terrifying.

Believing the unbelievable in practice

Not so long ago, I would probably have regarded the Copilot report above as being at least “suspect” but “believable” as a starting point. ANP seems reasonably reliable from my experience despite its willingness to tackle some very controversial topics head-on. Even though I think – believe – that the report itself is believable, I find the reported Microsoft behavior “unbelievable”. How so?

What I can’t believe here is that Microsoft might be so “careless” as to have allowed Copilot to get rolled out before undergoing some serious testing. Or, even more unbelievable, was this intentional? Microsoft is a relatively nasty player according to some insiders that I have talked with over the years, so maybe intent here is believable. Who knows?

With so much information available today, despite it often being of questionable validity, we are virtually required to trust – to believe – others as a basis for forming many of our beliefs. If we truly want to trust, to believe, we may rationalize away any doubts we may have as to validity:

“… only believing that things are true and good or false and evil [simply] because someone else says so, and then ratifying it. Since such people are not seeing what is true on the basis of its truth but only on someone’s authority, they can just as well latch onto something false as something true and believe it, and even rationalize it until it actually seems to be true. Whatever is rationalized takes on the appearance of truth, and there is nothing that cannot be rationalized [emphasis added].”
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)

We then often believe and act upon whatever we have rationalized as being true and believable. It truly becomes our belief.

So many people can be led to believe almost anything

It is human nature to want to believe, to trust, to have faith. Our tribal heritage makes us fundamentally trusting of those in charge or regarded as authorities, experts. This inborn trusting nature makes most people easily led by strong, charismatic, forceful leaders.

It also means that much of what we believe is simply faith in what others say because it is what we ourselves want to believe. We are not fooled or deceived.

People want to believe and trust. They are uncomfortable when they do not believe. We are born to believe and trust through evolutionary survival pressures that have favored strong cohesive groups. Believers survive; unbelievers become outcasts or enemies (or deceased). This is just who we humans are.

It seems to mean that belief, trust, and faith are not (necessarily) bad, but are often vital to our survival. Unbelief, distrust, and lack of faith can threaten our survival as well as the survival of our chosen group.

It means also that leaders who can create, maintain, and motivate such groups are vital to group survival. While techniques may get a bit nasty for those outside of the group, they are essential in many respects.

But all of this applies mainly to voluntary belief, not to forced or coerced belief.

Belief and unbelief lessons from our COVID experience

Much of the world – literally billions of people – believed what various authorities and experts were telling them about COVID-19 dangers and about the necessity of taking the gene-therapy vaxx to prevent infection and spread. The vast majority of those compliant folks were likely believing, trusting, faithful souls – truly good people. They didn’t ask for evidence. They just did what they were told – on faith.

Three years and counting later, evidence of all kinds is appearing. Sudden deaths. Excess deaths. Permanent illnesses and damage. This has resulted in almost complete vaxx-resistance, but unfortunately far too late for so many trusting and compliant souls.

Lockdowns, masking, distancing, and vaxxing were coerced and forced on great numbers of people regardless of whether they were believing or unbelieving. Obey or else.

Coercion means persuasion in the form of serious threats to use force. Force is the actual application of whatever was threatened. Belief, trust, and faith are irrelevant here – only obedience.

Our recent COVID experience featuring belief, trust, faith, coercion, and force. Unbelievably successful, or so I believe.
Our recent COVID experience featuring belief, trust, faith, coercion, and force. Unbelievably successful, or so I believe.

Today, in early 2024, we are at a point where belief, trust, and faith in authorities and experts have largely vanished. Huge numbers of people are resisting – psychologically and actively. Our collective COVID experience has provided most of us with sufficient evidence for not believing, not trusting, not having faith in, many areas of life. Those who were pushing the COVID disaster, including both Biden and Trump, are no longer believable or trustworthy.

This is seriously bad news for the wannabe rulers and world dominators. Now, all they have left in their toolboxes involves force of the nastiest kind.

2024 is their last chance to succeed

Population control (depopulation) and world domination efforts are starting to fall apart. Everywhere and hugely. Farmer protests in the Netherlands are forcing the government to back down on insane climate change regulations. Vaxx-taking continuance has dropped to under 10% in many countries. Fewer and fewer trust the WEF, UN, WHO, World Bank, IMF, EU, NATO, and a host of affiliates and supporters.

Globalist organizations (plus hordes of helpers) aspiring to become the One World Everything.
Globalist organizations (plus hordes of helpers) aspiring to become the One World Everything.

Distrust, noncompliance, and active resistance are developing in many countries. Fewer and fewer people support government and NGO efforts to push what now are seen as futile, insane, and unnecessary programs. Even staging political, economic, monetary, immigration, and actual wars and disruptions seems not to be working as planned. Tipping points are near or have already occurred.

This means all-out efforts by the-powers-that-be-and-wannabe must be pursued – immediately if not already underway. These people and organizations are today extremely desperate, more fanatical, and increasingly insane. They will stop at nothing.

We are almost certainly facing a global catastrophic happening

Time to believe the unbelievable – or at least what might have been unbelievable a year to two ago. What might the now-believable unbelievable look like? Here are a few of the current puzzle pieces that have become evident to me, and possibly even believable to some folks besides myself:

#1. Must happen quickly, fully, and globally
Time has run out for anything gradual or local. They have only one chance to get this job done. It absolutely has to happen, and very soon.

#2. Must be irreversible
There must be no way to get back to the way things used to be. An example: switch to CBDCs (digital money) as cash is removed. This will be accompanied by a strict requirement for use of digital IDs. It will likely be a sudden transition, probably timed with a worldwide banking system failure.

#3. Must allow no escape routes
Participation cannot be optional. Alternatives must be removed and/or destroyed as part of the sudden transition. Gold confiscation as was done in the 1930s seems almost certain.

#4. Martial law seems to be essential
This transition must not be opposed. It must happen forcefully, before any organized opposition can form. Some extremely severe happening must occur that will justify martial law globally. A false flag nuke (or nukes) event?

#5. Resisters must be quickly incarcerated
A transition of this magnitude, suddenness, and scope is certain to generate a great deal of strong pushback and opposition. The whole game will fail unless those resisting are quickly identified, arrested, and dealt with.

#6. Supply chains must be secured and kept operational
Hungry, scared people can quickly become uncontrollable. Food and essentials like medical products, fuel, and electricity – as well as related services – must not be allowed to falter or fail.

#7. A single ruling body must take control quickly
This of course will be the UN via its WHO agency and the Disease-X machinations. The necessary infrastructure and regulations are already in place. There is a May 2024 deadline for virtually every nation to comply, with a default agreement to automatically comply if not formally opposed by then.

All of these will probably require global economic, banking, and monetary collapses that will make martial law declarations essential. Climate crisis and Disease-X will likely also be used to help move things along.

With over half of the world’s countries holding top-level elections (or selections) this year, it seems likely that many of these will need to be “postponed” (permanently). People will be too busy just trying to survive to worry about any selections.

Doesn’t this sound pretty much like a global catastrophe to you? Sure does to me. Even believable!

Believable? Of course. Any supporting evidence?

The above scenario is really just a hypothesis, a guess. Believability as a practical matter requires credible supporting evidence. And a skeptical but reasonably open mind. Otherwise, one might just as well decide at the outset that the hypothesis is unbelievable for reasons, and is thereby false by definition – I.e., being unbelievable is quite sufficient evidence of falsity. So there.

For the small minority of us having skeptical but reasonably open minds, we might want to consider what a variety of potentially credible sources are reporting. A few of these are listed in Related Reading below.

At least we won’t have to wait long to find out whether this scenario is believably real, or way off the mark. Our ruler-wannabes cannot afford to let serious opposition to get organized and grow strong enough to prevail. The next year will be decisive one way or another.

Believability relationship between situation, evidence, belief/faith, action, and faith/trust.
Believability relationship between situation, evidence, belief/faith, action, and faith/trust.

Bottom line:

People really do believe the “unbelievable”, but only what each of us personally regards as “unbelievable”. They truly believe, rationalize their beliefs, trust in what others are saying and doing, and even develop strong faith in their evidence-light beliefs. My “unbelievable” assessments are nothing more than my personal beliefs, even if I have compelling (to me) evidence as support.

Evolution has favored trusting. Trust was essential for tribal survival. Human nature through its belonging needs and going-along-to-get-along willingness assures rulers-and-wannabes of much fertile ground for their ambitions and grandiose schemes. Today, information overload has made it nearly impossible in so many cases to figure out what is actually going on, what is true. Often, all we have is our beliefs, however developed, as the basis for action and living.

An example of current interest is the set of rather strange activities among our world’s collection of rulers-and-wannabes. Looking at these as indicators of what’s coming may provide some reasonable evidence of the believability of this scenario hypothesis. But only for the few who still regard credible evidence as a primary believability criterion. Otherwise, faith will have to do.

Here are a few recent examples of what I see as possibly supporting and/or modifying the scenario hypothesis outlined above. What I believe and act upon will evolve from how these and subsequent indicators play out:

➧ From the Daily Mail UK: “AI poses ‘extinction-level’ threat and US government must be given new ’emergency powers’ to control technology, warns State Department report”:
… The concerning statement here is that the “… government must be given new ’emergency powers’ to control [AI] technology …”. Another step toward martial law degree of control? Looks to me like just more AI-scary hype.  
| Believable? No. | Important? No. | Propaganda for martial law. |

➧ From Leo Hohmann: “Another country announces it will require its citizens to accept biometric digital IDs”:
National ID cards and birth registrations (in Nepal) flag a fast-growing effort to make digital IDs mandatory globally. Coming very quickly and definitely. Complete control can’t be done without these.
| Believable? Yes. | Important? Yes. | Total surveillance coming. |

➧ From Michael Snyder: “China Is Actively Preparing For War With The United States”:
… This strikes me more as propaganda and hype than reality. The U.S. is China’s largest customer and trading partner. However this “threat” can be used to increase war-related spending here.
| Believable? Yes. | Important? No. | Propaganda for more war spending. |

➧ From Frank Bergman: “WEF Demands Governments Make ‘Concerted Effort’ to Silence Critics”:
… “ … a ‘concerted effort’ to silence critics of the unelected globalist organization’s agenda? The WEF … seeking to stamp out wrongthink as part of its alleged fight against so-called ‘disinformation’ …? Objective is control.
| Believable? Yes. | Important? Yes. | Major ongoing censorship effort. |

➧ From Stefan Stanford: “Disturbing Warnings Of Dangers To Come As Globalists Prepare To Take Down The Internet, Allowing Them To Rewrite History, While ‘Criminal Invaders’ Are Set Loose Across America”:
… Many such warnings in past. Nothing new here. Globalists need the internet. I regard this as hype and fear-mongering, not anything likely. What is more likely is attacks on opposition sites and voices.
| Believable? No. | Important? No. | Fear-mongering mostly. |

➧ From Stefan Stanford: “Something Huge Planned For New York In The Days Ahead As They ‘Normalize Police State Control’ Over The People And Bring In ‘Re-Education Camps’ For Firefighters Expressing Their Opinions”:
This move by Gov. Hochul is very troubling. Hundreds of NY National Guard troops to subways? Why now? What’s changed? There is much more to this story than is being reported. Something to watch very closely.
| Believable? Yes. | Important? Huge. | Something big coming for sure. |

➧ From Martin Armstrong: “Canada to Incorporate Social Scores in Banking”:
Merge social standings with banking, in 40 countries? Setting the stage for how CBDC will operate. Control people using credit information as a starter. Looks like another tool in the lockdown/martial law toolkit.
| Believable? Yes. | Important? Yes. | CBDCs are being rolled out. |

How do these examples affect my starting scenario hypothesis? Believable: Yes on 5 of 7. Important: Yes on 4 of 7. Nothing that I could see to justify modifying the scenario – so far at least. I’ll try to update this in the next few posts.

  • Robert Gore writing in his Straight Line Logic touched on a couple of my recent themes – foreboding (“Signs in the Sky”), and faith vs. belief (this post): “Heresy”:

“A pervasive foreboding has enveloped the world, a feeling that we’re on the verge of something traumatic and epochal. The feeling has been stoked by overlords at the World Economic Forum and other globalist groups, promising us a miserable future, ostensibly to fight germs and changing temperatures, but actually to institute global governance and totalitarian control. That the overlords no longer hide their agenda, and that their bleak program has made the remarkable headway it has, hints at some sort of sinister, unrecognized force at loose in the world. Some say it’s satanic, though the world has been here before.”

“The historical analogue is Europe in 1517, just before Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints Church and launched the Reformation. That epochal movement involved a crisis of faith in a human institution—the Catholic Church—and a wrenching reexamination of belief that led to centuries-long intellectual ferment and sectarian violence across Europe. The Reformation sparked the Renaissance and Enlightenment, and eventually a belief that was stronger than faith in the Catholic Church: faith in government. As that latter faith falters, the new reformation will be just as wrenching and violent as the old one, probably more so.”

“Human beings are tribal, there’s no way around this biological imperative and it will never change. Tribalism is based on physical safety, but also ideological safety. Human beings form tribes and kingdoms and nations and borders because they have a particular set of values, religious beliefs and cultural norms that they want to maintain and protect. They have found a system that works for them and that keeps their society from imploding, and they want to ensure that there is no sabotage of that system from within.”

“Hence, the need for suspicion and discrimination when a tribe is faced with outsiders that champion a hostile or contrary ideal. The threat of being subsumed and destroyed by another tribe’s culture has been a motivator for discrimination since human history began.”

“Another factor is the discrimination of certain behaviors. Human tribes learned long ago that destructive people are sometimes born and no amount of social pressure can make them different. Psychopaths, some sociopaths, narcopaths, the severely mentally ill, etc. cannot be allowed to thrive within a tribe or they will eventually cause great harm. The tribe could even break apart and die out.”

‘It’s not a white person thing, it’s not a western thing, it’s a reality for every group of humans on the planet.  We don’t all need to agree on one homogeneous civilization that embraces every person and all behaviors.  It’s okay for us to separate from each other and live differently (at least to a point). It’s okay to not want to associate with mentally unhinged or evil persons that create chaos within society, and it’s okay to reject the imposition of incompatible and alien philosophies.”

Unbelievably believable, yes?
Unbelievably believable, yes?