I read this article this morning discussing conspiracy theories and some reasons why people fall for them.
My immediate response when reading such things is: “this is great, and all, but what conspiracy theories do I subscribe to?” Or even, “What conspiracy theories do others believe I have fallen for?”
Back in High School, our education primed us kids that everything other than Christianity is a conspiracy theory of sorts. Hell, looking at the chart, the New World Order was a common topic in our classes. There was a level of intolerance and racism that we were taught in the name of faith that still gives me the heebie jeebies.
Science, humanism and atheism were simply their own forms of religion and one class in particular called “Understanding the Times” jumped through hurdles and performed amazing aerobic routines to paint science, humanism and/or atheism as forms of religious faith. That somehow they demanded allegiance and were guilty of proselytization and control. These three religions were demonized to the hilt.
And yet, when I started practicing these religions, I found no religion there. There’s nothing to worship. No one to worship. There’s no formalities. There are lots of unknowns waiting to be discovered and shared. There’s no penalty for not accepting science. There’s no penalty for not believing in God. There’s really no penalty for thinking humanity is a part of the overall framework of the earth and a speck in the fabric of the universe. The penalties that arise all stem from outside the groups. Christians and Muslims are the ones who believe there are penalties of eternal damnation. Within the ideologies, nobody gives a shit whether you stay or go.
There’s a lot of doubt and insecurities, that’s for damn sure. But no one is getting cancelled for not sticking to these so-called religions.
Cancel Culture, a completely bullshit buzzword, arose from the very people projecting the ultimate cancel culture on the world: eternity in hell for the thought crime of disbelief.
And so goes the beating of the world’s drum.
In the article I mentioned above, they quote a dude with a psychology degree, David Hundness. I bemoan such attributions, as someone who knows full-well anyone who falls for Conspiracies will read that and think, “Fake news.”
Hundness explains there are four reasons people fall for CTs: Lack of information, anxiety, following an in-group and ego.
Digging deeper, he explains: “[T]hree reasons why people believe conspiracy theories. One, is when there’s a lack of information, a conspiracy theory fills in that missing gap of knowledge. Two, is when something causes anxiety, a conspiracy theory helps you predict where that threat is coming from, so it doesn’t feel so random. Three, is wanting to follow your in-group. So if your political party or whatever believes a conspiracy, then you are more likely to believe it. And the fourth reason is ego.People who believe conspiracy theories believe they are in a special group of independent thinkers who know the truth. They think they have a superior knowledge while the majority of people are just sheep who are foolishly gullible and easily manipulated, and who wouldn’t want to feel special. Let’s start with an easy example. Imagine someone who wasn’t particularly successful in school or their career. So deep down, their ego feels inferior. But if they believe the conspiracy theories, well, now they feel like they’re smarter than most others, and a small group of people tell them so.”
Here’s where my conspiracy theory comes in: no one in the article mentions religion as a conspiracy theory.
Bum buh buh!
There’s nothing more irritating to me than those who are cocksure God did it.
The God of the gaps!
You’re successful? God did it.
You’re not successful, “God’s teaching you something.”
Your back surgery was successful, God intervened.
We don’t understand where the universe originated or abiogenesis?
It’s clearly beyond our understanding, there for the deity did it.
I thought he was everywhere?
All around us.
I don’t see him.
You need to read the Bible, go to church and pray.
Did that. Still don’t see him. Why not?
Satan has a hold on your mind.
All around us.
You can’t see him, but he’s there.
Notice in the above faked dialogue that the questioner would love answers. And the one with the answers is cocksure that something or someone who presumably exists is no where to be seen, heard, touched, smelled or tasted. And if you don’t, the doubter is the one with the problem.
If there’s no room to be wrong, then there is no conversation. It’s a one-way barrage of, “you’re wrong, I’m right.”
I posted the tweet with the conspiracy theories chart, because I wanted something colorful and illustrative at the top of the page. There’s plenty of ways to criticize it. Click on it and see the discussion that ensues after the original post.
But I know lots of people who will look at it, see one of their fondly admired Conspiracy Theories that they hold and decry when they can, and they’ll immediately write the whole thing off. I remember doing that, too. As a Christian, if I heard a news program claim millions of years, I immediately wrote it off. If I heard something promoting homosexual lifestyle, I immediately thought those people were going to hell. It’s an amazing world to live in. If the humanists’ and atheists’ info defies one’s point of view, there isn’t curiosity about being wrong, there is immediate write-offs.
The brain is amazingly adept at not wiggling out of the inside of a CT’s grip. After all, there’s comfort there. The ego keeps its hold and being brazen about the unknowns helps for an easier night’s sleep.
The religious folks who claim God created humanity and loves everyone, but that He hates people who reject him, homos, muslims; those are conspiracy theories. But you won’t find that on the chart, because traditions of a certain age are off the table. But there’s a huge gap between “he loves everyone” and “he doesn’t love some people.”
People then insert circular reasoning. That God loves everyone, and all they have to do is resist their human weaknesses or ignorances and change their ways. Easy peasy nice and cheesy.
One of the aspects of conspiracy that Hundness left off the list was fear. Fear drives people to not accept someone on the basis of their sexual orientation or their lack of faith. Fear drives a person to find another religion inferior. Fear of being wrong. Fear of of a being that literally no one has ever seen, or heard, or smelled, or tasted. But He’s there! Believe them.
If you’re reading this, and you’re thinking that I’m the one who’s cocksure, let me be clear. I’m not. I have no idea if anything that I see as possible truths are completely true. I could be viewed as the greatest conspiracy theorist there is. And I accept that. I’m on a search for finding out how wrong I am on a round earth, on accepting scientific discoveries, on Tom Hanks isn’t a blood-sucking pedophile, that Hillary Clinton doesn’t run a pedo ring in the basement of a pizza joint. I’d love to think that 5G caused the plandemic.
People are constantly looking for ways to disprove all kinds of ideas. Climate. Covid was born in a lab. The Biden administration is inventing mutations to keep control over the masses and win elections. Yes, these things could all be true. But imagine the conspiring that would need to happen. All the coverups and the lies.
It’s all a conspiracy!