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It's human nature to want to build complex scenarios to answer simple questions. This is best exemplified by historical events in US history-turned-conspiracy-theories (the illuminati & free masons, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, 9/11, Waco Texas, etc), world history (the pyramids, great wall of china, crop circles), religious literature, and even interpersonal-relations.
Our brain is conditioned to be curious & we're taught since childhood to continually ask questions because there are "no stupid answers." Yet still, we like to complicate the truth by building our own imaginative answers. Why do people do this? To me it's simple: nobody wants to feel defeated; beaten by 1 person. Knowing that one person did something (of a large scale) incites feelings ineptitude & implies that a single person (or you) is incapable of something great (only 'great' in size, not if the 'achievement' is positive or negative) and put together in a sort of vague, cavalier-type attitude & setting. People don't believe such magnitude could be done by one person. "That's not possible," say skeptics. Oh yeah? Tell that to Tom Hanks (and Wilson) in 2000's Cast Away.
So what's the reason people are so consumed with conspiracy theories & demonstrative ideologies? Simple: we're obsessed with narrative. Fictional stories are evocative. We love to gossip. We love to hunt for the 'answers' below the answers. Simply put: SIMPLE isn't sufficient to answer a simple question. So what do we do? Create elaborate schemes & massively intricate scenarios to legitimize something that can be answered with a very matter-of-fact answer. We demand a story that better suits us than reality because reality is too boring. I hope I'm not alone when I say: this type of paranoia freaks me the hell out. It's almost as scary as religious zealots when they beat down your door to explain their ideas of what happened. I don't think we're likely going to come to a common conclusion, so why won't you let it go?
And I know what conspiracy theorists would rebut to me: if you're speaking against conspiracy-theorist mentalities, then clearly you're a part of it. WELL, I AM. I'm not, but that's what they'll hear despite any answer I may give.
Do I believe we're told the entire truth all the time? Absolutely not. Have we been mislead? I have no proof, but I believe so. Does this mean the entire truth of these events truly change my quality of life? No. The corner-stone of who I am as a person was not founded upon the notions, beliefs, or ideas behind most of these events and I will not change by someone lying/misleading me to believe something else done by someone else for some ulterior motives. It isn't me, doesn't effect me, nor will I allow it to change me. I hope you feel the same way, but if you do - you're obviously buying into my conspiracy.
Now send me money like other religious cults, pls.