Conspiracy theorism is a form of mental pathology. It’s attractive to gullible or malevolent minds because it enables, among other things, scapegoating, absorption in mystery and a sense of being superior, each of which is attractive, depending on the personality of the individual.
It also fosters a sense of victimhood, always popular with bullies. But conspiracy theories depend on suspension of critical faculty. The theory believer is too attached to the glamour of the theory, and its benefits, to deploy critical faculty. Some people, overwhelmed by the world, find reassurance in them, some kind of temporary mental/emotional comfort and “explanation”.
In fact, the theory believer willingly distorts their critical faculties to accept only selective information, fastened on with great zeal, and reject anything that detracts from or disproves the theory. Conspiracy theories also depend on arrogance on the part of the believer.
The great religions & mystery traditions teach that all things work together for good, however crazy they seem, and that from enlightened perspective, everything makes sense. Poetry & art are rich with evocations of this understanding and we’ve all been touched by it at moments.
The modern conspiracy theory fashion is a murky shadow of a shadow of a shadow of a shadow of this eternal truth, warped and distorted. May it serve to show us, ever more clearly, how to not be swayed by bullshit
Early Birthday Pressie has arrived. Something to treasure and to cheer about in these dark tmes.
This book is exquisite. More than a trip through the nineteen sixties, it’s like an initiation. Full of Stones, Beatles and peak times.
Pull my chin, stroke my hair, scratch my nose, hug my knees
Try drink, food, cigarette, tension will not ease
I tap my fingers, fold my arms, breathe in deep, cross my legs
Shrug my shoulders, stretch my back – but nothing seems to please
I need contact
The road ahead……is it safe…..one step at a time…..through the darkness…..’cause that’s where the next morning is.
The grass is greener
The time is ripe for that kind of thinking, for thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Even I have struggled with it a bit, but only shortly. A couple things helped me out. One was watching the death toll numbers climb and reminding myself that whatever I was doing, I was still alive and healthy. The 1000s of deaths are a sober perspective correction when you are annoyed at those around you. Also having read about the troubles of unemployment right now, I am thankful I don’t have to attempt to navigate that mess. That is less of a coronavirus issue and more of a general life issue. I also temper any frustration I feel with the reminder that there is still a long road ahead and plenty of opportunity for uncertainty and hardship in the future. It helps remind me to be thankful for what I have in this moment.
I only share this as hopefully it could be helpful. Just laying out some of my internal thought processes in the hopes that someone can read them and be assured by them. Stress and anxiety and fear don’t make the best humans of us and this is such a time.
There are a lot of people out there who are in pretty bad shape right now, either in terms of health or economics. If you are not one of them, be thankful and use your days as best you can.
“A small cave in a Forrest near home. The light obliged and I thought it would represent a sign of hope in these troubled times.”