After many years of not watching “The X Files,” Garry and I ran out of stuff to watch. So … we decided to try watching X Files.
Now, maybe a dozen episodes in, I have some thoughts on conspiracies and secrets.
Has anyone ever confided a secret to you? And you realized at that exact moment, it ceased being a secret.
Have you ever told someone something you wished you hadn’t said? Or realized that what you said should have stayed in your head and never crossed your lips?
Sincerely wished you hadn’t said anything then asked them to please, please, never repeat it? And you absolutely knew everyone was going to know about it before lunch?
So how did the whole “secret” thing work out for you?
Now. Imagine a secret so secret that the entire military-industrial complex including all the important politicians of the world — the basic whos-who of world power — had to keep THIS secret or the world might end.
That aliens are here and have always been here? That we are hiding spaceships in dark caverns in the desert and mountains? That every individual in touch with this secret — and you have to figure there were a lot of them, even counting them one at a time — was mandated to retain the secret for their entire lives and never tell anyone.
Figure that’s going to work? Whatever the secret was supposed to be, it would be in every newspaper and on every television station — not to mention every social medium — before lunch. Before morning break.
It would be a multi-part television serial by the weekend … and these days … forgotten by Christmas.
Not that aliens might be here — now or in the past — but that a secret of such magnitude could or would be kept for a single day, much less for decades. This could not, would not, will not ever happen in this world.
Certainly not anywhere with Internet.
Which is pretty much everywhere.