Originally posted by open mind
...I'm fine with 911 theories but plz make sure they fall within the boundries of reason!
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
People believe what they need to in order to get by from day to day, for their world to make sense. It's called closure. If someone's worldview
requires the buildings to have been devoured by giant hamsters for the glory of Xemu, in order to achieve closure, then they are going to believe
giant hamsters devoured those towers.
People then start with their beliefs, and then work to prove those beliefs, mostly to themselves, to justify a nice clean closure, and then to others,
to reinforce that justifcation from outside of themselves. If others believe the same thing, then they cannot truly be wrong, right?
Some people believe the official story. The idea that terrorists hijacked four planes and proceded to launch an unprecedented attack against us in
retaliation for crimes both real and imagined, is nice, clean, efficient, and easy to achieve closure with. They can continue living their daily
lives, being patriotic, and supporting their country, firm in the belief that we were right, they were wrong, and we're trying to protect freedom.
Some people believe the primary opposing theory, that the government did it (the hows, whys, whats, whens, etc, all vary considerably), and this
allows them to achieve easy, efficient closure with the belief that the government has grown too large and powerful, is controlled by a secret
society, and/or is forced to act ruthlessly and harshly in order to support an increasingly oil-hungry populace and establish empirehood. They can
continue living their daily struggle against The Man, firm in the belief that we were right, they were wrong, and we're trying to protect freedom.
Some people believe the sideline theories, too numerous to count, too varied to begin to describe, because it is an easy, efficient way to achieve
closure with their greater world view of aliens being in league with the government, or at war with them, or the lizard people, or Atlanteans, or the
psychic vampires, or bases orbiting Saturn, or whatever the person has chosen as their personal incarnation of evil or unknowable, to represent that
which is wrong with man and causes such inhumanity. They believe the attack on the towers is proof of humanity's struggle against X. They use this
closure to continue living their daily lives, working to expose X for what it really is, that we are right, they are wrong, and we're trying to
Are you starting to see the bigger picture now?
The truth is, until someone can present undeniable, ironclad proof that no one with a shred of brain can dispute, people are going to believe what
they need to about 9/11 in order justify the rest of their belief system, and continue living their daily lives, secure in the knowledge that we are
right, they are wrong, and we're trying to protect freedom.
They will argue for pages on end, they will debate to the Nth degree, and some will even change the beliefs of others, but ultimately the true measure
of a theory's worth is not how "crazy" the claim is, but rather how well the evidence stands up to cross examination and the beliefs of others.
[edit on 11/10/2007 by thelibra]