A campfire conspiracy.
It had been a long day, travel, some chaos and a very late meal to nourish gave rise to much needed rest and
the submersion of thought.
Conversation by this point had subsided, physical fatigue gave way to mental resistance, I set dongle up and hit Wikipedia for words that could properly explain my most recent thoughts. It began with the word Conspiracy.
It’s a word that is used and abused so very often to combat the assertion of one’s paranoia or fanciful thought, it seemed quite a good place to quench the thirst of much denial.
My thought process began to scream out..
‘Shove another log on the fire’ if only to keep the midges at bay…
So I did, settled down and read on…
‘”Signs of conspiracy by their very nature may not be openly visible, conspired to remain hidden'”.
A conspiracy is generally accepted and guided in description by some of the definitions below.
“1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
2. A group of conspirators.
3. Law, an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design.
5. A secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, especially with political motivation. A plot and the act of making such plans in secret “.
“The act of conspiring, a plan or agreement formulated, especially in secret, by two or more persons to commit an unlawful, harmful, or treacherous act”.
There can be many differing types of Conspiracy and they may all intertwine with each other within the same plot.
Conspiracy of silence & so on…
A conspiracy not to talk about some situation or event.
(There was a conspiracy of silence over discrepancies in a club or company ownership, for example).
An agreement or understanding – the statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises.
(They had an agreement they would not interfere in each other’s business or there was an understanding between management and workers, for example).
The Conspiracy to carry out some harmful or illegal act, a cabal, a plot, a secret plan, a game, a secret scheme to do something especially something underhand or illegal.
(They concocted a plot to discredit or force resignation from a manager, for example).
Conspiracy pact – a group of conspirators banded together to achieve some harmful or illegal purpose.
A band, circle, lot, set up.
An unofficial association of people or groups.
The Co-conspirator, the conspirator, the machinator, the plotter. Members of a conspiracy.
Conspiracy noun: plot, scheme, intrigue, collusion, confederacy, cabal, frame-up (slang), machination, league.
A group of persons for a secret, unlawful, wrongful or evil purpose.
A Cabal refers to surreptitious or covert schemes to accomplish some end, most often an illegal or evil one.
A conspiracy describes a treacherous or illicit plan formulated in secret by a group of persons.
A conspiracy to control prices; a conspiracy of silence.
A plot is a carefully planned secret scheme formulated by one or more persons. (A plot to perhaps seize control of a company for example).
An intrigue involves duplicity and deceit aimed at achieving personal advantage.
The petty intrigues of civil servants or as in a cabal refers to a scheme formulated by a small group of highly placed persons to gain control of say, a government.
(The regime was overthrown by a cabal of generals).
Hand in glove Intimately associated on very familiar terms closely related or connected.
In cahoots, in conspiracy.
Literary use of the expression ‘In cahoots’ dates from the late 17th century when it was properly hand and glove, a form now rarely heard. In contemporary usage the expression often carries connotations of illicit or improper association.
They were in cahoots. In league or in partnership, in conspiracy.
To go in cahoots or cahoot with, meaning to join up with, to become partners and go cahoots meaning to share equally.
This U.S. slang expression, dating from 1829, is said to have derived from the kind of partnership that was expected of early American pioneers who shared a frontier cabin, or engaged in a joint venture.
Originally, the phrase may have come from the French cahute ‘cabin, hut,’ although Dutch kajuit and German kajüte have also been suggested as possibilities”.
As I warmed my wee toes by the open fire, yawning the last throes of energy away, I contented myself that for all of my alleged paranoia, there was also good cause to dismiss it.
I satisfied that throughout all of the above understandings there were many words leaping out in explanation or description of conspiracy, more than enough to fuel further my alleged paranoia.
I isolated them to give myself a sense of balance against that paranoid word from which I so often took umbrage.
I was smiling as my eyes began to close, then open, then close, my head falling then jerking then falling again. My brain as I slipped under was still flashing the words like sheep hurdling the fence one after another into deep then deeper sleep..
‘In league, cahoots, improper association, partners, hand in glove, cabal, surreptitious or covert schemes, familiar terms, intimate association, duplicity and deceit, treacherous or illicit, intrigue, collusion, frame-up (slang), machination, band, circle, secret, unlawful, wrongful, personal advantage, lot & set up. An agreement, an understanding – a statement (oral or written) of an exchange of promises. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design’.
These words assisted those I guess like me, with a conspiracy theory to bolster a personal view on possible conspiracies which lead to a presumption and then further, a probability, by using them to highlight the implication of an action or inaction as proof perhaps of a secret plan, a game or a secret scheme to do something, especially something underhand or illegal.
Opinion rather than proof I grant you but the more boxes I ticked or words I considered, the more relevant in personal persuasion they became none the less.
Recently on this camping trip having just scanned Wikipedia the free encyclopedia for an understanding of the word conspiracy and as I stared into the heat of that fire whilst pondering many of those words, cosy though I was, it would not escape my thought that indeed where there was smoke, there was indeed a fire.
‘Snug as a bug in a rug’ I shamelessly ripped one off into the night, the fire glowed for a second, must have been those damned beans !.
Beans, now that’s an interesting word and saying, he’s ‘Full of beans’..
Now what did them cowboys use to cook them up in before tomato or tomatoe sauce ?..
Treacle was it ?
I really must look that up I thought..
As I fell under my final thought I recall, was of the fishing expedition to come…