In my last article, as I will link here, I wrote about how human behavior can be directly seen by the prospect of conspiracy theories. I talked about how in episodes like the assassination of president Kennedy and New World Order. This is a continuation of that article. I will quote my last thoughts on the past article here so as to make an easier transition for you, the reader.
PBS’ Barbie Zelizer makes a great point in this interview, when she says, as quoted, “We’d be better off if we could accept the partiality of that storytelling for what it is, rather than expecting the media to provide one story that is correct.” So why do humans choose to create conspiracy theories to begin with? Well, take New World Order for example. The event has not occurred yet, as some believe that it will. There is no logic behind the theory that our world will become a totalitarian government.
In fact, the conspiracy theorists don’t even know what form it would come in – whether in an apocalyptic sense, or as Generation Y seems to think, the Illuminati. Does it make any sense that these theories exist to begin with? Whomever created them understood that as long as speculation exists and stone hard evidence doesn’t, there will be a theory that people will get behind. Moreover, a conspiracy theory offers easy answers and a safety blanket to those who feel they need it.
There are two types of people: those who believe in conspiracy theories and those who don’t. Psychologists say that those who are inclined to believe in one conspiracy theory are inclined to believe in others, even if they contradict each other. Some are more believable than others; for example, believing in extra-terrestrial life may be a bit more difficult to divulge into than say, Big Pharma keeping people sickly rather than healing them.
I in fact, am a perfect example of this. Personally, I don’t follow conspiracy theories. I think unless I have cold-hard facts, I don’t know enough to formulate an opinion on the matter. However, I do believe that – even though this is not a conspiracy per say – if you are an organ donor, doctors will be less willing to save your life in times of sickness and desperation. Therefore, I refuse to put organ donor on my license. It’s a personal belief – not exactly backed by evidence – but I believe it without any doubt.
It just goes to show that society truly does need facts to trust. They need logic. They need security. And if they are not getting it, they will find a way to imitate and mirror it. They will get an answer, regardless of if there is one or not. It’s a coping mechanism.
And with that, the historical view of conspiracy theories is a topic that I will no longer speak on. Do you agree? Do you feel any differently? Feel free to leave comments!