In defense of the conspiracy believers!
It is often said that if you are going to argue for your own perspective, you should show a little good will also to try to understand the other party’s view. So I will try to do that then!
“Why are there crazy conspiracy theories?”
If you are a little “meta-conspiratorial”, you could think that there may actually be some ongoing shady business that benefit from the focus of the debate being on the most crazy k-theories instead. Because then these people can continue in peace and quiet with their cartels, unholy alliances, hidden agendas, etc – the real conspiracies – without anyone caring.
And if focus of the debate is on the crazy k-theories, it can even have the effect that you almost feel sorry for the “men of power”, solidifying with them. You go blind to or miss what they do that are actually stupid, weird, unethical.
That is, the conspiracy theories may be planted to hide something at least as big and sinister, but not as crazy. The crazy k-theories are a kind of fog curtain that is shared in good faith, or completely consciously, to dribble away the public.
And if you are to think more psychologically, why the more crazy theories (for I stand by the fact that there are som pretty weird ones circulating out there!) have arisen, it could be as with those who become “symptom bearers” in their familiy… There are stuff you’re not allowed to mention or even think about. Unexplained, unseen, unreflected tensions. But in some cases such tensions brake thru, into the open, not seldom in a dramatic and perhaps excessive way.
The psychotic’s story may be worth listening to. What can be seen in the wild images is themes that tell a truth (a moody, frightening father becomes “Satan” in a psychotic story, i.ex).
In the case of the conspiracy thories: Something bad is going on in the world, but people is unwilling to hear about it or aknowledge it thrmselves. The most sensitive, sensitive individuals become a kind of whistleblowers. They just have to get it away from their chest. It then can present itself in partially a distorted form. Even though the essence is true.
Yes, there were some thoughts.
(Picture: “Turning the coat after the wind,” from an old Dutch painting. It would be me then, in this text, trying to advocate an opposite view 🙂 )
(Here is “Part 2“)