I’m sure anyone who has spent any time online has had their share of those angry conspiracy nuts out there. If you try to bring any kind of reality to a topic in their presence, they accuse you of being a sheep who believes everything you’re fed. The whole Bin Ladden killing just dredged them all right back up to the surface again. Whatever they want to believe is fine. I realize most conspiracy theories are the result of simple human pattern recognition that is sometimes difficult to ignore.
What got to me wondering is what makes these people tick. I keeping finding myself dwelling on the theory of empowerment.
You see, the world is a big place with some major freaking events happening from time to time. Take terrorists attacks on Sept 11, 2001 for example. It really did knock the western world on it’s head yet the actual event only involved a few thousand people. Even then, only a few dozen people had any real control over what happened and the consequences resulting. This leaves the millions watching and helplessly tagging along for the ride. People start to feel really insignificant which is tough when events have such a profound impact on their lives.
It’s hard to comprehend how much is going on in the world and how insignificant an individual is in relation to it. The powerlessness of it all can be horrifying even. This is where the conspiracy theorist comes in. Applying fairly complex pattern analysis with a bit of imagination and the help of the Internet of course, it’s pretty easy to piece together a conspiracy theory to come to terms with current events. Suddenly, the formerly insignificant nobody has inside knowledge of what’s really happening in the world. This perceived inside knowledge lends itself to a huge feeling of empowerment over the masses who still just “believe what they’re told to believe”.
In short, the conspiracy theory is just another tool in getting your head around world events. In my opinion, it’s a pretty unhealthy tool at that. In focusing on a single theory believed to wholeheartedly to be the truth, one becomes ignorant and more insignificant than ever. The world just keeps on turning without them.