Stay away from “conspiracy theorists” they say adding, “conspiracy theories” are dangerous because they take the focus away from the reality of what is happening instead of focusing on the sense of what is happening. They give people and their opinions labels like “conspiracy theorists”, automatically placing people outside of the circle, giving them tin foil hats, and as they leave the “norm”, they’re mocked, banned, shunned, called names, and made to believe that these opinions are just as sinful as they are for having them.

While many past conspiracy theories are a little far fetched if not resting on the on the cusp of being fanatical, stories like Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, and extra terrestrial aliens have captivated humans for eons. We have lived with these stories and myths for decades, if not centuries. They have fueled our curiosity and imaginations, propelling some to dedicate their lives to investigating and discovering the “truth”. 

Speaking currently, about current events that is (yes, I’m referring to politics, I know, the P word!! So taboo!!), have you ever wondered why one side says the exact opposite of what the other says? This is something that has chapped my ass since 2017. I can read something and understand what I’m reading and someone that is on the other side of the political spectrum can read the same article and their understanding will be 100% totally different than my understanding. Have you experienced this?

The last few days the mainstream media has been calling the Right’s understanding of what is happening in DC as being “conspiracy theories” – specifically the accusation of an anchor or drawing attention to a former Republican Congressman, turned news anchor, of murder. That’s just the flavor of the day, Lovelies, there have been more, I assure you.

So how do people come up with these conspiracy theories? Better yet, what are “conspiracy theories” anyway and how is the Left assigning that term to the Right and for what, a difference of opinion? Why do conspiracy theories even exist anyway? Is it necessary for everything to be a conspiracy theory at first? I mean, everything starts as a theory, right? Reasoning has to fit in here; humans do it all the time.

Humans have the ability of reason. Reason is defined as:

  1. the act or process of a person who reasons.
  2. the process of forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises.
  3. the reasons, arguments, proofs, etc., resulting from this process.

We are programmed to want to be curious, to figure out how things work, and to make sense of things that at the jump, don’t. There are varying degrees of interest in finding out the ins and outs or making sense of things, right? I mean some people will take a toaster apart to figure out how it heats up the bread and others that just see that it heats the bread up for a tasty breakfast with electric coils and are ok with that. I’m ok with just knowing that you plug the toaster into the wall, put the bread into the slots, push down on the lever-thingie, and after a few minutes your bread pops up, warm and toasted! 

And what if someone does want to know more about how toasting occurs and starts to question the process? What if they see something different and theorize that the coils inside the toaster are being heated by the energy from the center of the Earth is responsible for these “wires” heating up to a red glowing color and not the electricity coming from the wall? Are these people crazy? Should we shun these people from society because they buck the system and question how freakin’ toast is made? Does it really matter that they question, investigate, talk about, and then conclude something that isn’t what the majority believes? Even if this toaster conspiracy theorist takes his investigation on the road, buys $1M of advertising on social media, gets spots on all the big talk shows and news hours; does it really matter?? 

Some people would fa-REAK and say it matters to humanity’s existence and some would shrug it off and not give AF. Some might refute the toaster man’s theory and make it their mission to do just as much as he did to promote his theory, to wreck it. But just like the toaster man’s theory is subject to being ignored, it’s subject to be scrutinized as well. 

The toaster man’s theory is just an example and it’s meant to spawn you to think further or push you to think about other elements to this totally fake scenario and apply them to the present. If you think about the toaster man example and apply it to anything the media has called recent events a conspiracy theory and apply the traditional definition and meaning to this event, you might be surprised at what you find and why it’s so vastly uncool and dangerous to Americans to verbalize conspiracy theories in this day and age. 

So why now, in 2020, are conspiracy theories and those that talk about them so bad? Why does the media vilify people that have a difference of opinion and call them “conspiracy theorists”? Dum da dummmmm! (Insert mysterious music here!) Why would this term that first appeared in writings around 1870 and again in 1909 in The American Historical Review be viewed as derogatory to those that talk about or believe a conspiracy theory? Why does this term of discovery and reasoning lump the idea and the person into a group that puts them outside of the norm?

Conspiracy theories according to Wikipedia “are ideas or theories that resist falsification and are reinforced by circular reasoning: both evidence against the conspiracy and an absence of evidence for it are re-interpreted as evidence of its truth, whereby the conspiracy becomes a matter of faith rather than something that can be proved or disproved.” They aren’t necessarily explanations or a cause of sinister or powerful groups at play, as many mainstream media outlets want you to think. 

Surprised by that? Honestly, I was. Prior to writing this, I thought that a conspiracy theory always had to involve a nefarious group that was trying to hide the truth from society because of some other tragic reason that the truth couldn’t be exposed. As it turns out, this way of deduction is more of a reasoning tool or lack of tools for an idea to be the explanation. Now, we can see why the toaster man example can be considered a conspiracy theory despite it lacking a powerful group as being involved. 

We can now see that the term conspiracy theory or theorists as it is used to describe people that are questioning or opposing and even giving another explanation to be the “truth” is really what is dangerous and not those that express another view. It is a way to deter people from exploring anything other than what they are force-feeding their viewers and if you do question something other than what they are saying, they’re going to lump you into the conspiracy theorists pile. 

Why is this important? It’s important because they are using circular reasoning to prove they are right and this prohibits so many people from exploring things that lead them to the reality of the “theory” in question. Let’s take the Russian Collusion in the Trump Presidency theory for instance. The mainstream media wants you to believe that this is true; that before the election, President Trump and his campaign sought out to collude with the Russians to obtain information that would damage DNC Candidate Clinton’s campaign. This story continued even after the election in 2016 and despite this being refuted with factual evidence, this is still being stated as fact. 

The mainstream media wants to believe that Trump colluded with Russia to influence the Presidential Election and all the other things they tag as “conspiratorial” because they do not want you to dig around and find the facts that will lead you to the truth. And not the truth that comes from the lack of facts that they hold onto. No, the media and other people that throw around the negatively charged, finger pointing, shaming conspiracy theory about anything that bucks their narrative do it for a very nefarious reason: to vilify your ability to reason and question things that don’t make sense. 

Further, they rely on you to recoil from educating yourself. They rely on you to forget the big headlines from week to week if not day to day and rely on you running with the headline that may or may not be related to the prior headline. They rely on you to keep every issue separate instead of putting these pieces together to form a whole. They use terms like conspiracy theories to bully you and discourage you from being like the toaster man that takes the toaster apart to figure out how it heats and crisps his bread. 

If you hear a reporter or news anchor say the words “conspiracy theory” about something in the news or on the internet you should stop and think what it is that they are trying to get you to stay away from. Because in the wake of what this country has gone through as of late, it is so important that we inform ourselves with the facts. Facts are the only thing that lead to the truth; not a truth but the truth. There is only one. 

Find it on your own, it’s waiting…

Til Next Time – MRML – Cherri