Chapter 3

Conspiracy Theories: Why do People Believe Them

or Discredit Them?

People either believe or discredit conspiracy theories based on their own beliefs. Some people really enjoy the speculation around all of it. There are those that have a chip on their shoulder against the media or the government. They don’t take everything that is said at face value. May be they feel that they know too much from a personal or professional point of view.

Once people start to question the loyalty of an entity, it is hard for them to trust it again. For example, when there is some type of scandal in the media, the world of politics, or even a religious premise. It can shatter that feeling of safety and security that they had. Once that is gone, they start to question all of the experiences and it can leave them uneasy.

There are those in the military that have been sworn to secrecy as part of their jobs. However, they will state that they don’t believe everything out there. For example, some who have worked at Roswell can’t talk about what they have seen there. It makes others wonder what they have to hide if they aren’t talking.

There are people that feel uncomfortable with the thought of a conspiracy theory. They don’t like the idea that the government or other entity they completely trust may not be honest with them. Others though would rather know the truth than to pretend everything is alright.

Those that enjoy a good mystery often like the elements of a conspiracy theory. They like to try to piece it all together and come to a conclusion based on the evidence that is out there. Perhaps they spend lots of time and energy involved in figuring it all out.

There are those that feel conspiracy theories are a good source of entertainment. They like to talk about them with friends or family. They read about them online. Perhaps they go watch a movie with their favorite actor to find out more about a certain concept that is being tossed around out there.

There are several types of events that can unfold that result in people believing a conspiracy theory is in motion. They include:

  • Blame game

  • Boredom

  • Cynism

  • Fear

  • Hate

  • Paranoia

  • Political Unrest

  • Read or watched information

For those that believe in conspiracy theories, they always have something to talk about. They can’t be completely disproven by someone else. If they enjoy a good intellectual conversation, then this could be what gets them going with certain scenarios.

There is always a person or thing to blame when the answers aren’t known. Not everyone that believes in conspiracy theories thinks like that. However, quite a few of them do. They talk about the hidden hand, the unknown, and the watchful eye. The more complex a conspiracy theory seems to be, the more evidence they are able to discover to fit all of the holes.

There is nothing wrong with believing in conspiracy theories, or being on the other side trying to get people to stop putting stock in them. Think about what your own role is with all of it and where you would like to see it go. Proof is lacking in many of these stories and conspiracy theories so they aren’t going to be resolved overnight.

Some people have particular types of conspiracy theories that interest them such as politics or racial. Others seem to dive in and out of topics across the board. It all comes down to a person choice. On a side note, if you want people to respect your opinions will all of it, make sure you are willing to do the same for them.

The fact that some conspiracy theories have been proven to be true also adds fuel to the fire. It makes those that believe they occur even more determined to find out more and to see certain scenarios discredited. In the next chapter, we will examine some of those that have been proven to be true.

<stay tuned for Chapter 4>

Faith Sloan

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