Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

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There are a lot of wild conspiracy theories out there ranging from microchips in vaccines to our water being fluorinated to destroy our ability to use psychic abilities. You may ask why people believe conspiracy theories like this.

The truth is that isn’t not the conspiracy theory that’s the problem.

A Lot of Wild Theories

It’s amazing what people will believe. So much of it just simply doesn’t work in the real world. People believe in a flat earth. Some people still believe the sun revolves around the earth. Science and the observable universe don’t matter when people have locked in.

It’s seems it’s hard to avoid these theories that not only defy logic, but simply don’t make sense.

For instance, let’s forget about the challenges of making a vast quantity of microchips to implant in everyone by using a vaccine and the current technological issues with making something small enough without killing people and finding a way to power it. 

None of that matters, because it just doesn’t make logical sense. How much time and effort would it take to do that when people already have cell phones with them all the time and they wouldn’t give them up for anything?

The thing is with each theory, the conspiracy isn’t the problem. Sure, it magnifies the problem, but it’s not what people really believe.

Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories

Here’s the truth: the conspiracy theory isn’t the belief, it’s the rationalization. It simply provides the “proof” that shows us all our fears were right all along.

It’s a way to explain why things aren’t going the way we want in life. “The fluoride in the water is keeping me from reaching my full potential.” “The government is going to track me and steal what’s mine.”

It allows us to fear freely and blame all our fears on some mysterious shadowy plot. That’s why people believe conspiracy theories: because they’re afraid.

A Better Approach

Fear is a horrible companion and a terrible master. When we focus on fear we tend to throw away logic. Instead of being afraid, we should focus on how we want the world to look and how we want to treat people.

Do we want a world where we help each other and focusing on more giving, less getting or do we want a world where we’re so afraid that all our choices are based on our own ability to do whatever we want no matter how it harms other people?

The more we live in fear, the more we focus on ourselves and what we want. The more we focus on the world we want, the more we center on others and making sacrifices to help them while creating great habits of kindness and caring.

Do we really want to be susceptible to conspiracy theories or do we want to do what makes the world better? Are we living in fear or living with hope? Which one do you embrace?

David Bishop

David is CEO of Cedowin Productions, dedicated to helping you live your best life through positive habits. He has inspired tens of thousands to improve habits and communication through books, articles, workshops, and apps. He is the creator of AweVenture, helping families enjoy fantastic, active experiences and Zombie Goals, literally making building healthy habits a game. He’s authored several books including How to Create Amazing Presentations, 7 Steps to Better Relationships, and The Man in the Pit, which helps people who have loved ones struggling with depression.

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