Qanon and Satanic Panic: Awareness vs Paranoia

If you’re not already familiar with Qanon, buckle your seatbelt for a story that arguably surpasses all others, save the Bible, in intricacy and scope…

I’ve heard bits and pieces of various conspiracy theories over the years and have never been quite sure what to make of them.

Many claims sound pretty fantasical and hard to verify, and even with the more believable stuff there’s just so. much. to research, sending you down a giant rabbit hole to the point that it’s easy to want to stick your head in the sand and just keep living your normal, seemingly unaffected life.

I always ask myself if a conspiracy mindset is altogether healthy… Skepticism can be useful; cynicism and pessimism not so much.

I always try to evaluate the “fruit” because I’ve been around people who start suspecting everything, which isn’t productive at all – putting you in either constant victim mode or constant fight mode… not to mention, depending on how consumed you get, possibly just plain old fear mode.

This is why I approach conspiracy theories with a cross between apprehensive caution and extreme fascination.

The thing is, I think we all have to admit that there is definitely secret crap that goes on in the world – underhanded deals, child pornography, human trafficking, etc…

And it seems to me those lives are worth caring about… If those of us just going about our daily lives don’t get our heads out of the sand and give a care, who will?

Enter Qanon.

He/she/they first appeared in late 2017 on 4chan, an anonymous message board.

Q posted “drops” with questions and coded info, attracting the kinds of people who love puzzles and research, fancy themselves heroes, or are just generally intrigued by a good mystery/story.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening, written by twelve “Anons,” anonymous Q followers, decoders and citizen journalists, has been on Amazon bestseller lists, and is “a field guide to an important chunk of reality that’s been carefully hidden and wrongly discredited by the media.”

I looked inside the book and recognized the intro from this video, which I recommend watching just to get an interesting overview of the Q phenomenon.

Here’s a pretty long overview/explanation if you prefer to read something.

It sounds pretty hyped, but you can likely see why it also has some appeal.

Surprise, the evil running the world is much worse than you ever suspected, but there’s a team working behind the scenes to defeat them and free us all. It’s a very carefully formulated plan, and the good guys are winning!

By my estimation, those who follow Q religiously do so for one or a combination of several reasons:

  • they just love America and have a bigger than average patriotic streak
  • it makes them feel special/elite/important
  • they love puzzles/research/decoding/etc.
  • they are intrigued by a good story where the underdogs become the champions
  • they sense a battle of Good and Evil and feel like warriors in it
  • it gives them a greater sense of purpose
  • it gives them hope in a brighter future
  • “How many coincidences before mathematically impossible?” – they have seen too many crazy coincidences to ignore

Why should you care? The book description has this to say:

“The war between Good and Evil is no longer merely symbolic. Evil is being, tried and brought to justice in federal courts and military tribunals today. Criminally corrupt government leaders, celebrities, religious leaders, media figures, and corporate heads will be tried and punished for crimes involving treason, human trafficking, ritual sacrifice and unspeakable perversions.”

“Whether you know it or not, you’re involved because the result of this battle will determine the fate of your children and future generations both in America and around the world.”

Qanon Terms to Know

  • Where we go one, we go all. (#WWG1WGA) – the rallying cry or tagline of the movement
  • deep state/cabal/shadow government – the unelected high-power people who “really” run the country/world
  • drop – a Q post
  • baker – those who work on researching Q’s posts
  • 4chan, 8chan, Voat – free-speech-friendly, anonymous communication boards (not recommended because of the plethora of crappy content also posted throughout – supposedly purposefully difficult to navigate and VPN needed)
  • “the calm before the storm” – a reference made by both Q and President Trump
  • “trust the plan” – things will work out, even if it’s not going how you think it should
  • “follow the white rabbit” – down the rabbit hole…
  • bad actors – people from the other side, perhaps posing
  • +++ – supposedly House of Saud
  • ++ – supposedly the Rothschilds
  • + – supposedly Soros
  • Q+ – President Trump/Q team
  • LARP (live action role play) – some would say LARPs are behind “Q”
  • “hopium” – irrational or unwarranted optimism (played off of opium – like getting high on hope)
  • truther – one who believes that the truth about an important subject or event is being concealed from the public by a powerful conspiracy
  • qballs – I’ve seen this term used as a derogatory way to describe people who believe Q (like screwballs maybe?)

The Best Qanon Resources

The Praying Medic has less sensational explanations of Q. Here are some good videos to check out if you’re interested enough to delve deeper. He also does regular Qanon drop breakdowns.

Qmap – a comprehensive and very well-organized collection of all the Q drops, proofs/memes, players (some of whom are even helpfully identified as “Evil”), global themes, videos, prayer wall, resignations, executive orders, human trafficking arrests and rescues, sealed cases, network graph, and analytics

Qclock – a visual collection of Qanon evidence

Deep State Mapping Project – a collection of impressively mapped out information connections

Why it might all be a bunch of baloney…

There have been those who have come forward claiming to have started Qanon as a joke that then got out of hand… there have also been known conspiracy theorists who have denounced Qanon, not to mention Sean Spicer also declaring Q as not legit.

However, supposedly only about 10 people know who Q is, so there’s no reason to assume any certain person should have knowledge about it.

There are also those who believe WikiLeaks got hacked and created Q instead, while some compare Q’s methodology to a novel named “Q” by Luther Blissett, saying those posing as Q merely copied the idea.

One of the things I find most annoying is that to cover his/her/their butt, Q has said that “disinformation is necessary”…………………….. so basically, it doesn’t ever matter if Q is wrong.

Exposing Our Thirst for Battle

Thinking about all of this suspected hidden evil brings to mind the “satanic panic” of the 80s, which was fueled in part by Mike Warnke’s tales of satanism. I used to love listening to his humorous stories on vinyl as a kid – this is the album I remember best.

Later, it came out that he was merely a storyteller who was extremely good at staying in character, having fabricated all of it.

Years after his friends and family came forward discrediting his narrative, he wrote a book called “Friendly Fire“, maintaining his side of things, but focusing on the legalistic and cruel issues with religion. He and his wife appear to have a healthy ministry as of 2019.

I have no idea what to believe, which is the problem with most of this stuff – we know there are people have done really horrific things, so we struggle to know how widespread it might be.

At the end of the day, you believe what you want to believe.

“In a way, believing that Satan is running the world is still [offering] a kind of order to things, in a world that can feel very disorderly.” [source]

We don’t want to be naive.

Conspiracy theorists would have no leg to stand on if there hadn’t been various proven things going on behind the scenes in the past.

Take, for example, the way we are fed the “news”.

The CIA had people on their payroll in papers, magazines, radio, tv, book publishers, and foreign media outlets for decades (Operation Mockingbird).

Based on these clips, there’s still some sort of controlled narrative going on today… and it’s been going on a looong time.

Additionally, secretive organizations like the Bohemian Club (which is men only) and Bilderberg Group leave many questions that the human mind has a hard time not speculating on…

Perhaps this sacrificial ceremony/ritual at the Bohemian Grove, for example, is one of the many things people do today just because it’s how it’s always been done, passed down without any understanding of the history or thought to the relevancy in modern times… but it definitely seems odd at best, even creepy, from this side of things.

With our conditioning for the battle of Good against Evil, some might even say thirst for it, it’s hard not to think in the back of your mind what if…?

Wisdom and Awareness vs Suspicion and Paranoia

Although much of the widespread paranoia of the 80s appears to have been unfounded, it did lead to a greater awareness of legitimate issues and increased zeal to protect innocent victims.

But the fascination with the occult also remained, along with underlying suspicion, particularly from those who were more religious.

I can’t help but think that the focus may be misguided – a cross between the following two quotes:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”unknown

“Only small secrets need to be protected. The large ones are kept secret by the public’s incredulity.” — Marshall McLuhan

That many have been blinded is no question… the question is only how big the lies are… and how much of what is now reality has been inspired and formulated by a lie.

In other words, on the one hand, is the whole world completely different than we’ve been lead to believe, in a sense… or on the other hand, are we being distracted by big, fake conspiracies and letting all the little, real stuff slip under our noses?

“In Satanic occultism, that which is good is bad. And that which is bad is good.” (opposite, inverted, reversed) [various sources]

I won’t get into it here, but I can think of many “small” destructive things in our culture that have been twisted, even by the church, to be considered good… and good things that have been denounced as bad.

How much of the evil in the world is created because of the added focus on it?

Even if the Qanon stuff is all a hoax, could it be that the speculation and subsequent focus on evil has the effect of increasing its power in the global consciousness?

Or could it be that the increased awareness, prayer, and focus on hope that Q provides does good for the collective consciousness?

At the least, it’s causing more people to take steps to think for themselves and not be as likely to just believe everything they’re told… which is great because it’s important that we ask questions and consider the reasoning behind many things we’ve long taken for granted.

Regardless of whether or not Q is as he/she/they would have you believe, the consciousness of humanity is shifting and the truth is coming out… good is taking over… slowly but surely.

But I wonder, when all is said and done, do we know what to do with ourselves without that perceived battle?

Where will we turn that fighting and overcoming instinct?

Commit to building the world you want to live in instead of being a victim of it. -Bizzie Gold

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David & Christina are recovering "lack" addicts who share tidbits of their minimalist, digital nomadic life at The Liberation Collective.