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 transition. 
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 day. 
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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