We’ve all heard conspiracy theorists ramble on about one thing or another. The moon landing was fake. 9/11 was planned by the US government. Chem trails are changing our atmosphere’s composition and the government is controlling the weather, using it to attack other nations discreetly. Roswell. AIDS. Barack Obama’s place of birth (not to mention religion). You’ve probably familiar with quite a few more, so I needn’t make the list any longer.
The one thing that the vast majority of people who believe in and promote these theories have in common is this: They believe we’re all sheep. They very often state that the masses will believe in anything they’re told by those in power, and that this will ultimately result in society’s downfall. And to some extent, it’s true. For the most part, the internet (and even trusted historical text books) are filled with nonsensical misinformation and outright lies, or grossly exaggerated situations, and most people will believe what they’re taught to believe.
Religion is a good indicator that this is true.
Take any community, and you’ll find a group of people who generally believe in and accept the same viewpoints, ideals, and religion. The kids who grow up in these communities are usually taught to believe in everything the parents believed in. Some of them think for themselves, some of them rebel for a while, and some of them go out in search of their own beliefs. But most of them pray to the same god. There are plenty of religions out there, but since children aren’t taught about all of them individually or urged to find their own way in the world, they generally end up in the same place as their parents, believing in the same creator.
So, yes. To an extent, we’re sheep.
But conspiracy theorists should still learn to put a sock in it. They’re views are hypocritical. I’m stereotyping, of course, but everyone I’ve known who believes in these wild theories (save for religion), tends to believe in each and every one of them (it’s usually sacrilege to believe in more than one religion). They don’t pick and choose which are accurate, and which are outright lies. And because of that, they’re ultimately sheep themselves; sheep that ironically believe in anything they’re told that simultaneously represents a fringe opinion.
Conspiracy makes money. And that’s really the only reason they exist. We love hearing alternate possibilities to events we know well. But that’s because we’re human. We love stories. We love fiction. We love chaos. We love primetime dramas. So it’s not a big surprise that some people capitalize on a very predictable, very human reaction.
Conspiracy websites are very popular, and their creators get a hell of a lot of cash for operating them. But I guess we should be happy some of the sheep are creative thinkers, even if it’s all nonsense.
Think for yourself, but question what you believe in no matter what it is.
Please comment, reblog, and share if you agree or disagree. Which theories do you think are fiction, and which do you think are fact? Do you think conspiracy theorists are smarter than the rest of society, or are they just rebelling against commonly accepted ideas for no reason?