posted on Apr, 28 2017 @ 12:05 AM
For those who are here to discuss the topic rather than abuse me for bringing it up, a question:
Do lonely people come to believe in conspiracy theories because they’re socially isolated and therefore unable to compare their beliefs with other
people’s or understand the social reality they inhabit?
Or does belief in conspiracy theories promote isolation, driving people away from others and making them lonely?
My own view is that the second, rather than the first, is true. I know three people (one of them very close to me) who are conspiracy theorists in
real life. Two of them used to be highly sociable, with lots of friends and playmates, although they tended to get into fights and be rather dogmatic
in their views. After they started believing in conspiracy theories (it took about a year in each case for them to fall right down the well of fantasy
they call the Rabbit Hole) they became isolated, lost most or all of their friends, and spent their days angrily mouthing imprecations at a computer
The third person was always socially awkward and isolated, but only started believing in conspiracy theories after he moved to England and ended up
with nobody at all except his elderly mother. He is now a full-blown paranoiac.
Experience thus suggests, to me, that conspiracy theorists become lonely because they’re conspiracy theorists, and not the other way round. That’s
my take on the subject under discussion.
I have also seen people abandon belief in conspiracy theories and return to normal life, making friends and becoming productive citizens once more. So
there is hope — perhaps even for you, Wide-Eyes.