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The Mandela Effect
The Mandela Effect
…is named after Nelson Mandela, the
former president of South Africa, who was imprisoned for 27 years for his work
fighting apartheid. Released from prison in 1990, he became president of South
Africa and died in 2013.
The Mandela Effect refers to
memories of a history that doesn’t match with documented or previously
remembered history of an event, place, person, or thing.
It has been named the Mandela
Effect because, apparently, a lot of people remember Nelson Mandela dying in
prison. When he was released from prison and the press widely reported this
event, a lot of people where shocked and confused. He’s alive? I remember him
dying in prison. How can he be alive?
Well, he is, or he was. So, I tell
myself, my memory is, obviously, wrong. This never happened as I recall it. I
am sane enough to admit that my memory is not perfect, and I move on.
The Mandela Effect suggests (to
those who’s memory is very, very slippery) that we have slipped into an
alternate reality where, in this other place and time, Nelson Mandela is alive,
or is it dead? Whatever.
The suggested cause of this
experience is either a slide into an alternate reality, or we are living in a
Holodeck which is glitching on us.
For those of you who are not Trekkies, a Holodeck is a fictional, virtual
reality featured on Star Trek. It is a lot like the movie, The Matrix.
Have I already lost some of you?
I first came upon this thing called
the Mandela Effect from a friend who forwarded a post from a website run by a
renowned demonologist / exorcist. This person warned about changes in the Bible
text, and suggested that demons are to blame and that it is somehow a
forewarning of the end times and the Rapture. Text, certain words and verses of
the King James Bible, had been observed to have changed recently within the
actual printed pages of the Bible; magically, mysteriously, suddenly. There
were very alarming warnings to watch your Bible text for changes. Try to
remember what you used to know and see if it has changed.
I admit, I had a split second of
intense paranoia, and I actually picked up the Bible, which is a permanent
fixture on my bedside table, and checked the listed “changed” text, and yes!
Then I took a deep breath and said
to myself, “What a minute. You are a sane, rational, reasonable person. This is
wacky, this is nonsense, and this is insane paranoia born from conspiracy
theory and lunacy.”
No, this was born from the mind of
a person with a website, who shall remain nameless, because it is out there on
the web now. And, like Slender Man, it doesn’t matter how crazy this sounds, or
where it came from, it has taken on a life of it’s own and certain people will
not be reasoned with or consoled. So be it.
To me, it is just one more spark of
evidence that the Marching Morons have taken over our culture.Like the belief that we never went to
the moon, or the whole world is really run by the Illuminati, or Aliens, or the
Capitalist Industrial Complex, or we are living in a Holodeck created by some
insane deity for his recreational pleasure.
One of my own, personal, recurring
nightmares is that The USA is not really a free, democratic society. It is
really a fascist country run by a secret society of demagogues and I don’t
really have free speech, or free will, or any freedom at all. I’m really living
in a place where my Internet is controlled, what I read and hear are all
controlled, and I am watched on Cam 24-7.Like the movie, The Truman Show, I have been duped since birth to
believe a pack of lies called “freedom”.
Do I know this is nuts? Yes, I do.
Do I sometimes believe it, especially at times such as this presidential
campaign? Yup. But, when my paranoia returns, I pet my dog, text my best friend
for a reality check, take a great big cleansing breath, and move on.
Is this the result of pseudo-science?
(Read my article on Pseudo-Science
vs Science for more information.) Do people who think they understand the
physics of string theory, or the time-space continuum, or quantum mechanics,
think they have discovered proof of an alternate reality?
I have vivid memories of having
long discussions with friends while sitting on pillows on the floor, burning
incense and other aromatic delights, and batting around theories about “life,
the universe and everything”, and quoting from Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the
Galaxy. Are we all figments of our own imaginations? What is reality? Are we
all sitting on the head of a pin in some philosopher’s study? Are we all
fictitious characters in a novel? Are there alternate universes that we can
listen in on when we are sleeping? Or meditating? Or tripping? Have we all
watched too many episodes of “The Twilight Zone”? Am I living in Narnia and I
can go back through the spare-oom, through the wardrobe and back to England,
where no time has lapsed and I have not aged? Was C. S. Lewis a traveler
between alternate realities?
Such was college life in the 70’s; too much Ripple wine, smoke, Doritos, J. R. R. Tolkien and rock music by Yes.
The Bible has gone through a lot of
translation changes in the past 50 years. The King James version is not the
most accurate translation, according to Bible scholars. There are a lot of
different translations out there that have changed wording, or spelling, or the
order of words to more accurately reflect original texts. We may remember
certain verses from the King James but a newer version has changed the verses.
Another explanation for our
memories is if we attended a liturgical church that uses the Book of Common
Prayer, recitations from that book were often different from the Bible, but
they have stuck in our childhood memories. When we hear or read a Bible verse
that contradicts that memory we think it has changed. It hasn’t. Our memories
are of a different text. Our memories are always in flux, vague, changing, susceptible
to stress, age, and selection. Calm down.
By the way, according to the
Mandela Effect theorists, this phenomenon is not exclusive to Bible verses.
Your calendar could change. Your keys could be found in a different location
than you recall placing them. The Mandela Effect could explain weird
occurrences anywhere on the planet. It’s wide open.
Walk through your precious days
enjoying the mystery and madness of it all. Honestly, you are not slipping into
an alternate reality, or time tripping, or hallucinating, or playing on a
Holodeck or on a stage set in an episode ofSupernatural, although that would be awesome.
Oh no. I was just editing my text
and it has CHANGED…
I couldn’t have written anything
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