posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 12:40 PM
The same can be said for "Conspiracy theories".
It's easier, in many ways, to think that we can connect the dots and understand the random... but we refuse to understand what the random really
I don't have "bad luck" because I walked under a ladder or broke a mirror. in fact, i don't have any "luck" at all because there is no such
I'm not a good person because religion tells me to be or because I will be promised some reward in the "afterlife" (heaven, 72 virgins, what have
I'm a good person because that is who i am. I choose to be.That shouldn't need rewarding.
But back to the question at hand:
Believing in "Conspiracy theories" can most definitely be a sign of mental illness.
I think it's a opretty good indicator in fact.
Now, before i go on i want to make something clear: I do believe that there are conspiracies out there, whether they be governmental, corporate, or
personal. That, obviously, goes without saying. Conspiracies are happening all of the time. It's a fact of life. Politicians conspire against the
people (and nations, other governments, etc.) more than they don't. Abraham Lincoln was killed because of a conspiracy between John Wilkes Booth and
his cohorts, many Fortune 500 companies have perpetrated conspiracies in order to gain more wealth and destroy their competition. Hell, WE conspire in
our everyday lives with friends or family. (Not all conspiracies are necessarily evil or even bad. I could conspire with friends to throw a surprise
birthday party.). My point is this: Conspiracy, and by default, Conspiracy theories do exist.
Like-minded people working to uncover a conspiracy is a noble thing and those people should be applauded. That is one of the reasons I DO come to ATS,
because there are people "fighting the good fight" here.
However, and as I said before, those people are outnumbered 100 to 1 (and that's being conservative).
What I do think is that there are many people who believe in "Conspiracy theories" who are completely and utterly insane.
These are the people making definitive statements about Ghosts, Demons, Angels The Government Aliens, etc without a single tie to fact or the truth.
These are the people willing to believe anything you tell them as long as it is inline with their "beliefs" (beliefs, here, being nearly everything
divine, otherworldly, secretive, evil, et al).
They think that these "Conspiracy theories" are all true and, having that belief, are then willing to accept more and more outlandish, in-provable,
false, phony, superstitious, silly, and plain crazy ideas.
These are people who will tell you how aliens, bigfoot, angels, MiB, etc work. "Oh, Sasquatch have reddish-brown fur." "Gray Aliens have large ,
almond shaped eyes and big heads.." "The Men in black drive black Cadillacs and have vaguely Asian features." "Ghosts are the departed souls of
the dead." "The Orbs in this photograph are the spirits floating around this haunted hospital" "The government has a secret base here and a
massive systems of underground trains." and so on and so on.
They make these statements as if they are facts... as if they are true.
THAT is insane.
If someone tells me they saw a UFO I'd ask them about it, but i wouldn't then say, "Well, UFOs are real and flown by little big-eyed aliens.". Or,
if I saw a ghost I wouldn't say "That is the soul of a dead person.". There is now way of KNOWING that.
What I want is the THEORY part of "Conspiracy theory" to be stressed.
These are IDEAS...possibilities... But they are NOT facts.
What frightens me is the beliefs of people like this. They are dangerous.
ATS' motto is "Deny Ignorance" yet it's very trade is in that ignorance.
In many ways they nurture it. I understand that from a business perspective, but from a humanistic Point of View it's scary.
I used to work in the juvenile justice system as an advocate and caseworker in a lock-up facility (Teenagers serving sentences. Think Juvenile hall.)
In 2011 I had one of the inmates, a girl, come up to me scared out of her mind. She hadn't been sleeping and was having nightmares when she did...
Why was that? Because she had heard that - and i quote - "The Mayans are coming in 2012 to kill everyone. It's the end of the World!"
I had to spend the next 45 minutes explaining to her that it wasn't true, explaining what it meant, and explaining that you can't just believe any
nonsense you hear.
Though she had the story a bit confused, she was legitimately scared for her life because of the insane ramblings of other "conspiracy theorists"
and the rubbish they were (and still are) going on about.
That is where the real danger lies. As I said we, as a species, are a surprisingly superstitious and vehemently oppositional to reality (as evidenced
The spreading of "conspiracy" as fact makes us all the less for it. But that doesn't stop people from doing it.
Today, alone, on ATS will be hundreds of posts/replies that are nothing more than..(to be continued)