posted on Mar, 27 2013 @ 03:08 AM
I'd like to thank a few of you for, well... confirming my position (at least in some respects.)
I expected the responses. I probably could've written them myself.
Nothing said here, in defense of "belief in conspiracy theories" surprised me at all.
I did like seeing a few people willing to see the issue for what it is and hold that mirror up to the "community".
As for those playing the "believeing what (the government, MSMS, those in power, corporations, the ubiquitous THEY, et al) say is the REAL sign of
mental illness." or the "I'm an individual! Believing in conspiracies and not just what your TOLD is the mark of an independent thinker blah blah
blah blah."... I'm sorry, exceptions don't prove the rule.
Of course, as i said, there ARE conspiracies out there and it's an interesting discussion. But let's not pretend all the conspiracy theorists out
there are sane, rational people.
Conspiracy theories draw the crazies like flies to, well, you know.
So, please. Don't confuse the point. Does believing in conspiracy theories mean you're mentally ill? No, of course not. Is it a sign of mental
illness? Yes, absolutely it can be. The proof is in the pudding.
For instance, the other night on Coast to coast a woman called in talking about how she speaks with and receives "advice" from the archangel
Michael....(that is just one case, but it is NOT the only one.)
And, also, please understand that I'm using the term "Conspiracy theory" as a catch-all for ALL of the topics covered on ATS and like-minded
sites, not just conspiracy in the strict definition of the term.
Oh... That reminds me. I wish people would stop acting as if "Conspiracy theory" or Conspiracy theorist", as terms, are part of some
"disinformation" campaign or that those terms were MADE to have negative connotations.
It's a little disingenuous. The reason people think negatively about those terms is because the crazies are, by and large, the public face of them.
While that may not be FAIR, it's true.
THEY made it negative in the eyes of the public, not some disinformation agent or program.
For every good idea, well-reasoned discussion,, or well-researched theory, there are thousands upon thousands of crackpots telling the world about
Demons, how they talk to angels, that aliens speak to them telepathically, holographic planes were used on 9/11, The Queen of England is a lizard
Alien, Nibiru is going to make a "return",etc. and so on ad infinitum
If people would take the time to be skeptical, critical, and separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to these things, we'd all be the better
With the way things are "we" will NEVER be taken seriously.
We will continue to exists on the fringe, with our communal reinforcement, selective thinking, arguments to ignorance, Self-deception, circular
reasoning, (another list that could go on and on) and just plain old mental illness.
There is no real way of defending against the OP's original statement.You may not want it to be true, but most defenses add up to little more than
the hole getting deeper.
I will continue to be interested in these topics. there is a lot to learn here, but I don't kid myself about it. Most of this stuff is bunk. But,
with a little work and research I can learn something I may not have known or see an issue from a different perspective. Hell, I'm sure I'll even
stumble across a genuine conspiracy! Who knows? What i DO know is that i will approach it rationally, skeptically, and with the ability to separate
fantasy from reality (something, it seems, MANY in the community have trouble doing.)