A post by Adriana Popovici.
Ah, conspiracy theories! Hacking the maleficent web of world domination. Exposing the plans brewed in the shadows of the Earth. We’re all pretty much going to die. There is a chance for a better world, but… it’s dim. Yeeet, there is hope. But hope is not enough… Until next time, buy this new book and be enlightened. And buy that one too – the authors promote each other. They’re teaching you how to survive the end of the world. And don’t miss their conference this month – we’re going to learn what REALLY goes on in the shadows! Buy your ticket now, and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog!
Jokes aside, I sometimes fail to see the difference between conspirationism and some other form of pastime. Also, I hate this topic when it simply falls into the triviality of bigotry, throwing around insults and boasting gratuitous superiority. Between “sheeple” and “tin-foil-hat” societies, the truth becomes irrelevant and futile, conflicts arise, wasting time, energy and good chances to make a real change for the better. So let’s be really smart for a minute, and think of a few unpleasant things that might happen if you choose to “investigate” sinister conspiracies with dedication, daily.
1. Your life will be miserable
There is evil in the world – hate, hurt, abuse at all levels and degrees. Atrocities have happened all throughout history, and there doesn’t seem to exist a definite solution to put a definitive end to them any time soon. Injustice happens – on a daily basis, on all scales. These things are undeniable facts, but they are NOT all there is in this world. Living in constant awareness of sad and horrible things can only kill any joy in your life, without even giving you something valuable in return. And, usually, the more you expose yourself to theories on vicious conspiracies and secret agendas, the more you start feeling helpless. You cannot fill your mind with ideas that you’re a victim, paint that image in detail, and not burst with negativity ranging from despair to anger. Just stake a step backwards: it’s a picture, see? Outside that frame, in your immediate vicinity, there is at least one opportunity for change, contribution and joy.
2. You’ll tend to become paranoid
In the wilderness of conspirationist woods, “they”are after you. “They” try (and succeed) to exploit you. There’s nowhere you can hide. You are being watched right now, monitorized, recorded… Once, I read that one of the things you must keep in mind when dealing with a paranoid is to actively avoid becoming paranoid yourself. And it’s true. Paranoia is backed up with figures, facts, reasonings and explanations. Just don’t switch to exaggeration and distortion. Relax, have some tea. Why are you afraid? What are you afraid to lose? Secure what’s precious to you as well as you can, and then just let things be. What’s out of your control will probably stay that way.
3. The good in people will seem forever lost
If anything can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone, it’s better to trust no one. And this is silly, because there are lots of kind and caring people in the world. They may not be so visible as those agitated troublemakers we’re trying to avoid, but they do exist. I have good experience with this issue. I’ve met strangers who were nicer to me than some people who have known me for years. Profound kindness from strangers, the type that doesn’t expect or ask for anything in return, is as real and possible as the back sometimes even our relatives turn on us.
4. You won’t have the “true” truth anyway
Well, maybe you don’t need it. Maybe the truth is what you choose to believe. And maybe there is in the world validity that goes beyond human intellect. Let’s not debate this right now, just be aware that speculations are not facts, and, even if they were, sometimes facts do not equal truth. I think the problem with truth and being lied to is the poor self-esteem we get when we notice we’ve been played for fools. No one feels comfortable facing the inaccuracies in his judgment or choice of thoughts, but don’t allow your ego to prevent your mind from evolving – and that won’t happen if you aren’t open to changing your ideas from time to time.
5. What is truly important in your life will seem trivial next to global issues
That is somewhat true, yet, if you don’t take care of your family, your surroundings, your circle of existence, global issues go worse and worse, because the world is just a bigger circle – it encircles all the little circles such as yours. Oh, and searching for “evidence” from a position you virtually can get none, will only steal away family time.
I don’t mean to be disrespectful, I know what I’m talking about, and I’m not naive. As usual, I’m primarily concerned with the sanity and tranquility of people. I don’t think that marinating in conspiracy theories does anyone any good, and, whoever is too much involved in this cannot avoid certain bias and deformation of reality. Sometimes, to have an abstract idea about what is happening in the world is more sensible than looking for details and rotating in a circle of waste.
Respect the curious, analytical, even skeptical minds that don’t conform to mainstream ideas – at least not without filtering them through their own intelligence. Take everything with a grain of salt. Develop a strong sane brain, read, learn, rest. Develop both knowledge and humility.
Never forget that a better world starts with your vibe, what you do now, what you feel, and how you influence the people around you.
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