posted on Jul, 12 2014 @ 12:12 PM
My opinion is mixed, since I've followed some conspiracies in my lifetime. As I've aged, I've become less porous, so conspiracies of any flavor find
it much more unpleasant to penetrate me. I've always had a respect for science, since I was a little kid. I could see math had a lot of power, as well
as understanding the natural systems. In all that, it still didn't prevent me from exploring some of the conspiracy theories out there. Some of them
got through my defenses. I mean, not terribly deep, but they did impact my life in some negative ways, I'd say. Mostly, if you believe them, it can
make you feel vulnerable or powerless in the face of a much larger foe. And yet, with the years and my respect for science always being there, my
skepticism has increased and, to a extent, has protected me from those anxieties.
However, a respect and yielding to science does not prevent all anxiety. It only prevents anxiety resulting from spurious or incorrect or otherwise
irrational theories. There're real dangers. For example, river runoff from farms can spell trouble for the health of the river and hence also have
negative affects on us in turn. And Anthropogenic Global Warming, if you look at some of the more dire warnings emanating from various pieces of
research, can also be frightening in its prospects. And the spread of diseases and viruses has can inspire nightmares, such as the spread of Aids in
Africa in the midst of genocide in the 1980's. And there're a multitude of other potential concerns one could be swamped with, so it's very important
a person both moderates their concerns and works to be a part of a system in which some of these problems are tackled in a reasonable way.
You can't prevent all people from believing irrational things. You can give them warnings. You can try to guide them in the right direction, but just
in all things, you must learn to moderate your expectations. It's great to just be a part of something that solves a problem, even if it's a small
As a society we can work to find more ways to get people involved and proactive about solving problems. Not everybody is the same, so it's important
we're always working to do this and tolerant to the diversity of feelings and thoughts. People aren't machine parts. They aren't always reasonable. We
all need patience and endurance to fight through it.
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