I read this opinion piece at Medium with great intrigue. I’ve devoted much thought on conspiracy theories in my private journaling and public writing on this blog.
The writer explains three reasons people fall for conspiracy theories:
#1: Conspiracy Theories Make Us Feel Special.
#2: Conspiracy Theories Help Us Make Sense of a Chaotic and Complicated World.
#3: Conspiracy Theories Make Our Reality Seem More Exciting.
I recommend reading the entire piece.
It appears — at least to me — that people who are more susceptible to fall for conspiracy theory happen to also happen to carry a medium to strong religious belief system. This is not the rule, but an observation.
For example, people would rather believe that an immeasurable, intangible deity was responsible for all of life rather than the long, boring journey into science and evolution. A poofed existence is much more exciting. It makes people feel special, because they think they can communicate with that same being who magically created everything, including you. Science is a painstakingly hard, uphill battle when the brain is already jam-packed with a six-thousand-year old garden inhabited by two people with no belly buttons.
Yesterday, I was stupefied by the explosion in Beirut. If you didn’t see it, I’ll post it below or check it here. With something that large, surely conspiracy theories would follow.
I sent the clip to a few friends and family. I called one friend directly, as I was curious to get his insight. My immediate personal reaction was that it was an act of war and I felt his take on it might be interesting. Before even looking at the video, he gave me a history lecture on how Beirut is like Belgium. They are poorly run countries being overrun by fecund Muslims. Their governments are being infiltrated by them because the Christians there are not making new babies. Because of Islam, the countries are poorly governed and it shows.
There was no amount of, “I just want you to see this crazy event, then — and only then — can we discuss it.”
As the events were unfolding, tweets in Arabic were saying it was fireworks. There were certainly other jumps at conclusions. Was it a terrorist attack? Was it retribution for Rafic Hariri’s assassination? Was Israel making war not love?
Watch this and do some searching over the internet. You’ll find answers.
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