The Mandela Effect
The Mandela Effect, named for Nelson Mandela and the year/circumstances of his death being remembered by various people very differently, "refers to apparently real, alternate memories of a history that doesn’t match the documented history in this reality", and has taken the conspiracy world by storm. It alleges that events, texts, and all kinds of memories no longer match recorded evidence in various media, or it asks why so many people remember a particular thing one way while others remember it another way. For a personal example, I personally "remember" seeing the funeral of Billy Graham on TV, with statements that his son Franklin was now leading the ministry, yet Billy is still alive.
But consider this: If this effect were real, then we wouldn’t know it. If the past truly changed, then so would our memories of it… everyone’s memories, not just some people’s. To actually and literally change the past must necessarily include everyone’s memories of the past; it would not be selective. And if things are indeed being changed, it would be much easier to change memories of the past than the past itself. This would also make the selectivity of the phenomenon more conceivable.
We all have imperfect memories; we are imperfect beings in mortal bodies. Even present events, lyrics, and texts are often remembered incompletely or simply misunderstood or mis-heard. Song lyrics are especially prone to misunderstanding, as they’re often sung with loud background music or slurred or otherwise difficult to discern. Also, people often paraphrase something they’ve read or heard on tv, and it’s this altered version that becomes a meme and the "official" version that everyone remembers.
This is also the case with the Bible. Many Christians have memorized portions of it, but if an error isn’t caught early on, the error is what gets etched in the mind, which then becomes "proof of the Mandela Effect" when the text is read later on. Many are unaware as well that similar phrases and situations are presented more than once in the scriptures, and not worded identically in each case. We must also remember that translations are always being updated, either to reflect changes in word meanings or advances in understanding the original languages. But the alleged changes also seem to be on more obscure passages rather than central tenets of the faith; why would some nefarious entity change the trivial rather than the crucial?
Generally, it’s possible that the media presented false information such as the death of a celebrity, only to drop the deception later on. But again, why? Whether real or not, why is this effect so prominent now? What does the awareness of this effect cause people to do or think? If "the powers that be" want us to know that our whole life and history has been a sham, why are they letting us know, and in such a roundabout way? Is it just to make us think they have more power than they actually have, or to fear them for power they really have?
What I think we could all agree on is that this effect, real or not, causes us to second-guess everything we think we know. It may also be a way for those who routinely deceive the world to change and control our perception of reality. This is not unlike the premise of the "memory hole" in George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984: "Those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future." Much of what we rely upon to make decisions is based upon our past experiences, individually and collectively. So if the deceivers and controllers of this world want to change the future, they must change the past, and this Mandela Effect seems to be an important part of that goal.
Isn’t this also tied to the recent prominence of belief that the earth is flat? Whether this idea is true or not, crazy or not, is beside the point, if the goal is simply to disengage us from the past so that our future will change. But what can we do? We could try to be more diligent in collecting evidence for important events as they happen, but if the past can be truly and literally altered, what good would that do? Is it possible that this sense of helplessness is the real goal of any given meme that comes to the forefront?
We live in the age of deception, a time when every anchor is being ripped from the ground. Much of the evidence we would use to determine reality is supplied to us by those who wish to deceive us. And when they have us convinced that not even a carefully hidden document from a hundred years ago is beyond their power to change, we are truly enslaved. It ultimately comes down to each of us deciding how to judge what we’re told and how we measure and filter reality. Choose your anchor carefully.
ADDED: This is a good example of gaslighting, which again is the technique used in Orwell’s 1984 to convince people that memories contradicting the official narrative were "false". (H/T to my friend L for the reminder!)