OVER THE TOP CONSPIRACY THEORIES – BY ELLIN CURLEY

As if I don’t have enough to worry about these days! I’ve found something new and exciting (at least for me) to keep me up at night. It’s a device the right-wing followers use to explain away anything that counters their views. It’s called ‘a false flag operation’ and it’s basically paranoia — on steroids. The most recent examples in the right-wing press are:

  1. Recent attacks on Jewish facilities and cemeteries have been perpetrated by Jews and liberals to make Trump and his supporters look bad.
  2. The CIA hacked the Democratic National Committee during the election, but has the technology to make it look as if the Russians did it. They did it to — you guessed it — make Trump and his supporters look bad.
  3. Then there’s the oldie but goodie about the Newtown school massacre. It never happened. Actors were hired to make it look real. It was faked to make Second Amendment gun advocates look bad.

There are so many more it boggles the mind. What happened to “When you hear hooves, assume horses, not zebras”?

What kind of people are willing, nay eager, to believe a convoluted conspiracy theory rather than an obvious truth? Do you have to be paranoid? Or one of the people who never goes near critical thought because it will mess with your delusions? To buy into any of these cabals and lies, you have to believe everyone is out to get you … and deeply wicked. Nefarious. Evil. Buying into this stuff is more than just untrue. It’s unhinged.

I believe what I believe, but I critically evaluate the information I get for and against my beliefs. I would get no comfort from a flimsy, outlandish theory that I could not verify just because it bolstered my world view. I would analyze it and reject it as false or unsubstantiated. Then, I’d move on.

So we’re back to what makes me reject these ridiculous theories and cabals while others embrace them.

I believe in facts. I believe in science. Forensics. I know there are ways to prove what’s real and what’s not. Maybe other people have a looser definition of ‘truth’ than I do. Require less evidence. Maybe they are the kind of people who will believe anything they see on the internet. Many others don’t care whether or not something is true after they choose to believe it.

Others choose to believe and never mind truth or evidence.

Have you ever watched “America’s Got Talent” or any talent show? There are people out there who genuinely think they are great singers, dancers, or whatever. And they are, in fact, horrible. So awful they get booed by a huge audience and eviscerated by a panel of judges. Yet most of these performers leave the stage believing that everyone is wrong about them. Nobody ‘gets’ their true talent.

Maybe that is the answer to my question. People have a great capacity for self-deception, particularly when there’s a deep-seated need to perpetuate that deception — for whatever reason.

My reality says that people don’t want facts to back up their beliefs because their beliefs are faith-based. Faith is not built on proof and evidence. It’s built on how they ‘feel.’ That’s how they are able to understand the world around them. There’s no choice for them. They must believe they are right because faith and feelings are their version of proof and evidence.

And so they believe and live happily ever after. Or, maybe not.

20 thoughts on “OVER THE TOP CONSPIRACY THEORIES – BY ELLIN CURLEY

  1. Or, as I always say: “Faith is opinion in fancy clothing.” I have nothing against faith. I just think there’s more to reality than JUST faith. Maybe there is room on earth for more than one point of view. Maybe.

    You know what really scares me? If we got rid of His Nibs … Pence would take over and while he isn’t quite as nuts as 45, he may actually be even MORE lethal.

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  2. I believe it was Pontius Pilate who is famous for the Quote: “What is Truth?” (John 18:38)
    I always used the think that answer to that question was pretty simple – truth is what can be proven.

    More and more, and particularly since the 2016 presidential campaign began, i’ve come to doubt it’s simple at all.

    More simply truth is – different things to different people! For many, if not all of us, what is true depends entirely upon your personal perspective.

    Doubt me? Then what was the truth back when virtually the entire world believed the world was flat? Looking back we can see that what all believed was true was not true. (or, that is, most of us can see this but i’ve seen the website https: // aplanetruth. info/ with the subtitle: “The First Ever Flat Earth Website …. Helping to end 500 years of One Massive Lie ) ??? 😦

    Science can also mislead us and provide ‘ evidence’ that is later shown to be flawed – current examples of which concern the roles of sugars, salt and saturated fats in a healthy diet where previous truths are being shown to be false, largely resulting from science funded by self-interest groups that have benefitted enormously from unreliable, yet trusted, research. Believing in a scientist might be preferable to believing Fred down the street but it’s not a 100% guarantee of truth and reliability, or of non-biased information.

    Right now there is a war going on. Bush started the war on terror; Trump has started the war on truth. (Ok – maybe not started but is seriously escalating it)

    I largely think the better educated one is, the more intelligent they are, the more likely they are to be accurate in what they think truth is and the less likely they are to fall for some of the truly awful conspiracy theories that are floating around in the public domain.

    But again – being well-educated (which could also mean being strongly biased in perceptions) is no guarantee of being right, or of knowing precisely what the truth is. 🙂

    love

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    • So … not that I actually believe you feel this way because I know you don’t — that science is kaput because if “they” don’t believe in it, it isn’t real?

      No, of course you aren’t saying that. You’re trying to make a philosophical point … but this isn’t philosophy. This is denial of the reality in front of our noses. Not philosophy or commentary. Simple denial.

      There are many versions of truth, but this isn’t a “version.” This is denial that there IS truth, that things you SEE are not real because “I say so.” This is “I feel Obama has been spying on me and I have NO proof, but I believe it, so it must be true.”

      Why?

      “Because that’s how I feel!” Well. I feel that the funny little men are spying on me and I wear a tinfoil hat too. You believe that one do you? Of course you don’t … but that IS the level we are getting here.

      This is truth like you get from a two-year old.

      It isn’t truth.

      It isn’t fiction.

      It’s nonsense.

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      • While i DO agree with what you say ( excepting that science is kaput) i was trying to make the point that people are becoming ( have always been but is now much more important we see it clearly?) confused between truth and belief. I think it is a distinction we all need to be clear on.

        What we believe will modify how we see and evaluate the truth of a matter. What is true may not modify our thinking, or not necessarily in a positive or truthful manner because of what we choose to believe ( by way of how we were previously conditioned to what is ‘ true’ FOR EACH ONE OF US).

        If we are ever going to be able to end the nonsense we have to truly understand what is underlying it and not just attack what we believe we see. We need to better understand how and what and why we believe what we do.

        Hoping this helps all of us..

        love.

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    • You raise a good point. Even science changes over time. But I think there is more absoulte truth in what a group of scientists can prove at any given time, then what somebody just wants to believe. The same is true for unemployment statistics and stuff like that. It depends who is giving you the numbers and how the numbers have been manipulated. But again, the most respected groups in the field and the theory with a large percentage of experts in the field, has a better chance of being closer to the truth than what one outlier claims.
      I also think it’s different with ordinary facts – like is this object a chair or a hammer? Did someone do or say X or Y? Did the Newtown massacre actually happen? These are facts that can be easily determined in a way most people would agree with. So there shouldn’t be as much disagreement as there is today about these kind of basic facts. That’s the problem.

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      • My point is that there’s no scientific discussion here. This is just ordinary “See? There it is. On the film.” And getting “No, there’s nothing there. What you see is NOT what you get.”

        That isn’t science. That isn’t discussion. That’s ridiculous. Utterly stupid.

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        • Stupid maybe – trouble is it works! Enough to get you elected to the most powerful office in the world in a nation of 300 million plus! with a whole lot of intelligent people trying to stop him. We need to be smarter than we have been!

          love.

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  3. There’s definitely a lot of noise out there. Best to turn off and tune out. I actually make a lot of noise of my own. There’s no particular talent there but I’m having fun.
    Leslie

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        • Music and books are good antidotes to the Trump Blues. But I’d be more anxious if I didn’t read the news and didn’t know what was going on day to day. My imagination would run wild and I’d probably imagine worse things than Trump can actually get done. His words are one thing, but it’s a totally different ballgame to translate them into concrete policies that will be passed by the Congress. Inetria and incomepetence may be in our favoe here!

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  4. I don’t think the recent attacks on Jewish facilities and rhetoric spouted by 45’s brown shirts are coincidence.

    I’m sure Sean “old spice” Spicer will spin this.

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    • Of course it’s not ‘coincidence’. But very hard to prove, other than general statistics that show a huge uptick in hate crimes since the election. That should be enough but it doesn’t seem to be. Or they just don’t care. More likely the latter.

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  5. Many who believe these theories would argue that they are the ones who are not believing everything they are told and looking more deeply into the matters. Personally I have no problem with those who want to question popular narratives as long as they are open and questioning about it.

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