Embracing The Conspiracy Theorist In Me

A title fit for social death and the stripping of social credibility. Oh well. Here goes.

Why do we love the idea that people might be secretly working together to control and organise the world? Because we don’t like to face the fact that our world runs on a combination of chaos, incompetence and confusion.

Jonathan Cainer

Conspiracy theorists have a bad rep. Look it up on Google and you’ll get all the negative angles covered easily. There are of course various kinds of conspiracy theorists and it’s human nature to clump ’em in one Alcatraz sized box. If this was the Potterverse, we’re the Luna Lovegoods; Azkaban bait much? But I say why the hell aren’t we thinking up more conspiracies?

Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.

George Orwell

The government on all levels have instilled distrust on it’s people repeatedly. We can go out and vote all we want, but no candidate will ever fit the perfect bill to represent everyone’s interests. That’s because we’re all different and thus want a lot of different things. If you wanna vote, vote, but is that all you can and will do?

We are consistently gaslit up as well. We’re lied to, our emotional strings are plucked like a Spanish guitar, we’re given positive reinforcements to deter investigation and quell our inquiries, and my fav is calling people conspiracy theorists to reduce our credibility.

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass

We live in a post-truth world. The truth is stranger than fiction. We all know at least one conspiracy theory that turned out to be true. Of course that doesn’t mean they’re all true, but why the hell shouldn’t I wonder how they’re out to get me/us this time? People in power have proven they can’t be trusted. So yes, I have trust issues and for damn good reasons.

So you might say, girl, Nai, how does thinking like this benefit you? It’s so negative, so cynical, so paranoid. And to that I say, I am prepared for anything. I will certainly desire to be wrong everytime, but I will not be blindsided by absolute faith in something that has continually proven to let me down. Plus, honestly, it’s a little hilarious at times to imagine all the theories. Sometimes, especially these days, it’s more deadpan. Laughing gets me through, grim or not.

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

George Orwell

I’m also a writer. It’s hardwired into me to believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks between.

Name one person in your life you keep forgiving. You probably can’t because you’ve cancelled that mofo for triggering you over and over and under and between again. So why ask people to completely believe in institutions that keep failing instead of empowering people to take back at least some of their power?

Because we don’t want to give up some of our modern day comforts and luxuries. We externalize too much of our power and then riot when near absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s just what has happened and always will.

So yes, I will conspire all the way live. Some of these theories aren’t as farfetched as people like to say they are. One day, even though I actually hope not, we’ll look back as we do now at the cover ups of our forefathers and wonder why no one believed those conspiracy theorists.

If there’s anything post apocalyptic young adult books and umpteenth shows and movies have taught me, it’s to dream up all the ways people will cling to power powered by oppression.

For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?

George Orwell

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