Conspiracy Theories

A DMN blogger posted a link to an event titled “WHAT YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW ABOUT 9/11” and followed it with the question:

“Does this strike you as a legitimate event or a way to exploit a tragedy to make money?”

My answer is “neither.” It’s an event by and for people who mistrust and/or hate government so much they prefer to believe an elaborate, implausible conspiracy rather than some pretty straightforward evidence.

Others simply can’t deal with the insecurity and randomness of life. They prefer to believe a secret cabal is orchestrating world events rather than accept that control is mostly illusion.

I know some good, intelligent people who are firm conspiracy theorists. No appeals to evidence, logic, or probability will sway them – their world view is set, and they won’t consider anything that conflicts with it.

It’s a reminder that “consensus reality” is more consensus than reality – something we would all do well to remember when dealing with a matter as inherently unprovable as religion.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06917275516051074093 Batbogey

    Oh, yes. This.

    I really wonder what is at the root of this sort of belief. I mean, I loved The X-Files as a television show, and it was a series based around conspiracy theory. But in real life, not so much.

    The one thing conspiracy theorists in my own life have in common is the belief that their lives are at the center of the universal stage, somehow. Rather than being one of 6 billion creatures feeding, breeding and dying on the planet, they believe they are at the center of some cosmic struggle.

    Caveat: I only know about three conspiracy theorist, but man, they are hardcore.