|The Titanic Conspiracy
By John Godowski
The Titanic was a trap. It sank. The end.
The Titanic was not the greatest peacetime maritime disaster.
The sinking of the Wilhelm Gustlof, with more than five thousand murder
victims appears to far exceed the murder tally of Titanic. (Stalin gave
the order to torpedo the Wilhelm Gustlof, and her cargo of six thousand
Russians fleeing his murderous purge)
The disaster of the Eastland, which capsized at the dock
in Chicago, took a comparable number of lives, and was certainly as tragic
and significant as other equally deadly but less well known sea disasters.
The Titanic has always merited headlines, and the reason
for this enduring phenomenon transcends the technical details of her construction
and demise, transcends the enduring poignancy of the experience of the
victims and survivors, transcends even the immediate and worldwide shock
at the news of the disaster: it transcends even the irrevocably changed
psyche of our entire civilization and the nature our perceived position
in the cosmos.
The entire ideological substrate upon which we collectively
base the assumptions that determine our worldview and guide the policy
and strategic decisions that continue to shape our emerging global society
and, at an even more pervasive individual level, influence the even the
most personal attitudes that define the value system that gives rise to
our every decision, perception and action, was altered – no, completely
ended with Titanic, and replaced with something completely and disturbingly
different, something that is foundational in our understanding of the post
Titanic modern world of global wars, revolutions, genocides and unsettling
We have just alluded to the profound nature of the influence
of Titanic as a phenomenon of total import to each and all of us at some
inherent basal level that commands our continued fascination even to this
Yet, with all this recognition of significance and import,
we have only begun to approach the task of defining Titanic in terms of
what is not. It was not the greatest peacetime sea disaster.
We have recognized what Titanic is, a phenomenon of total
import, and yet, even all this falls far short of beginning to convey an
impression of the nature of the phenomenon itself, let alone an understanding
of just what it is in the nature of this phenomenon that makes it one of
enduring pivotal importance.
The nature of Titanic as a phenomenon commands our fascination
because it expresses the core of our existential essence as beings living
in dilemma, caught between conflicting influences, defining by our progress
through the struggle itself who we are and who we are becoming, and with
that, what the universe is and what the universe is to be.
Phenomena at this core level have always been expressed
and dealt with in the ongoing process we call mythos.
Through the process of mythos we tell stories, definitive
confabulations that preserve real experience and technical data in sometimes
lost or encoded form, and transmit cultural responses that define and express
the identity of the storytellers and receptive audiences, stories that
in the very process of their creation, transmission, reception and evolving
adaptation constitute our primal response to our existential dilemma.
The Titans were a race of giants in ancient Greek mythology.
These giants were known more for their technological expertise and genuine
willingness to empower people with technology, even at great personal peril
to themselves, than for their size or power per se.
The Greeks gave lip service to the Olympians, who were
at various times capricious and cruel , yet at all times totally in control
because of their raw brute power.
The heart of the people, however much by obvious political
necessity secret or discreet, was ever with the benevolent and vulnerable
Titans who sacrificed themselves to share technology with us , not only
the technical aspects of science ( fire) , but the essence of the scientific
process as evidenced by the material encoded in their names and story.
The most famous Titan is Prometheus, who is remembered
for giving people the gift of fire. The name itself means forethought,
or planning. His brother (related concept) is Epimetheus, whose name means
afterthought. These Two Brothers then, by their very names bequeath to
us the scientific method – Forethought – gathering data, and making a plan,
theory and prototype for testing, and Afterthought – evaluating the results
and making modifications to the theories, plans and prototypes, and, of
course, repeating the process: this is the empowering, ongoing, interactive
convergence to Truth.
Those who would enslave and/or exterminate must first
disempower their victims.
Mount Olympus originally referred to the vault of the
sky, and the Olympians, gods of the Sky, battled the Titans and subjugated
them, and of course, us. The Titans were punished for their efforts to
give us technology and empowerment.
The punishment was to be imprisoned and tortured forever,
subjected to pointless repetitive labor with no hope of success. Prometheus
was chained to a rock where birds of prey would tear at his viscera (vital
medical infrastructure) , relenting each time to allow some healing and
regrowth, only to tear into the wound again, and again, repeating and intensifying
the torture each time, with no hope of release.
Another Titan’s torment was to be tantalized by being
starved (agriculture, environment) and denied water, then presented with
food and water just beyond his reach. Struggle as he might, he could only
get the briefest taste of each after great effort, which only increased
the torment as these were withdrawn again, just out of reach.
Another Titan was punished by being forced to lift a heavy
rock (global civilization) up a great incline (technological and societal advance) only to have his
work thrown down, over and over again, with no hope of any success being
allowed to remain.
The uniting theme in all these Titanic torments is subjugation
and futility. The message of the Olympic Tyrants then, as interpreted here
is, when Force rules, then people everywhere, though Titans be they all,
will be conquered and forever Subject to Futility.
This eternal transcendent political /spiritual message
has been repeated with ever increasing volume this century.
In 1898 a struggling author named Morgan Robertson penned
a prophetic novel entitled Futility.
This novel in its opening chapters, has a large and luxurious
steamship with four funnels plowing at top speed, oblivious to all, striking
an iceberg with a fatal glancing blow to her starboard bow, sending nearly
all aboard to their graves at the bottom of the icy Atlantic.
As uncannily as Jules Verne’s novels foreshadowed submarine
warfare, the development of aircraft, and manned space flight, Robertson’s
work expressed a prescient foreboding of disasters to come. Robertson saw
in the imminent future setting of his novel global warfare with Japan as
the aggressor in the Pacific and beam weapon technology.
Robertson’s novel Futility was perhaps
better known by its alternate title, The Wreck of the Titan.
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Last Update October 8, 1998