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Stephanie Wittschier believed in a lot of different things throughout her life: that aliens were locked away in Area 51; that the Third Reich was alive and well, along with the Illuminati, and—last but not least—that ruling elites were using chemtrails to poison humanity.
The 35-year-old German was deep into the conspiracy theory scene for years before she dropped out, turning her attention to educating outsiders about the sinister truth behind Third Reich truthers and "chemmies" a.k.a people who believe the government is dumping toxic agents in plane vapor trails. Now she and her husband, Kai, run a Facebook page and Twitter account called Die lockere Schraube ("The Loose Screw"). And they've since incurred the wrath of their former conspiracy colleagues.
Wittschier spent months questioning the conspiracy theories and she began doing her research for the first time: "At a certain point I started thinking: Gosh, my best friend was totally right. I was shocked. That's the moment you realize that you have invested all that time and money just to make a complete fool of yourself. It was awful. I felt ashamed, like a total prat. I just wanted to crawl into a hole. I thought about my family, my sister and my husband and all the things I told them."
"When I told them, Guys, something's really wrong here, they became really aggressive, like out of nowhere. Contradictions are not a welcome guest. As some of them were old friends of ours they knew who I was, who Kai was, and where we lived. All of the sudden our full name and adress appeared openly accessible on the internet. They called me a bitch, a whore, and a c**t. They said, I should butt out and that I had become an agent for the other side, the ruling elite."
While she first tried to convert non-believers into the chemtrail way of life, she now tries to proselytize her former friends. "It's basically the same as ever—I'm talking to a wall. First there were my parents who didn't want to believe or hear about my theories, now there are the chemmies and other people. Sure, back then I also assumed I knew the facts, but now I know: these are the facts that are true for everyone."
originally posted by: cuckooold
I personally believe there are real-life conspiracies, but I too dismiss much of what I believed before, simply due to reading and piecing evidence together. I believe people are entitled to their own opinions, but when they threaten others, a line is crossed that indicates that maybe, just maybe, you are taking things far too seriously. Beliefs are fine, but there's a real tendency in the conspiracy world to dismiss facts that contradict one's beliefs. This happened to me, once an avid believer in 9/11 conspiracies, UFO conspiracies, amongst others. I still think there are things which don't add up in certain narratives, but fact-finding has allowed me to dismiss a lot theories I once held sacred. Perhaps not an easy process, but certainly a liberating one.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: cuckooold
Most often, those who lack critical thinking will often end up using fear, intimidating and sometimes outright violence in order to justify their theories and ideas.
I'm a bit miffed that she called herself a Conspiracy Theorist but had never done any of her own research. This is part of the problem. Had they done so to begin with, they never would have fallen into that world.
Moral of the story:
Do your own research, then come to your own conclusions.
I'm always reminded of this video:
originally posted by: AVtech34
Lets see if this comment doesn't get removed, which confirms the original post I made but whatever. Anyways, This is the largest and most popular conspiracy page on the internet, the govt has obviously taken notice and if you don't think at least one of the moderators or popular posters isn't some govt "spy" I have some beachfront property in Arizona to sell. At least a few of these were stories were so out there that the intent had to be to make people here look like nut jobs.