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The biggest conspiracy theory of all

Updated on April 29, 2015
The masks sometimes wear thin...
The masks sometimes wear thin... | Source

The mask of conspiracy theories

When I think of conspiracy theories, one in particular pops into my mind. That is the mystery surrounding President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963. Although this tragedy happened thirteen years before I was born, it has interested me for a very long time. There are so many theories about who did it and why. I have no theory of my mine own really, I just feel it was a senseless waste of life.

This article is not about any one particular conspiracy theory of the past or current time. Instead, I offer some personal thoughts and ramblings about conspiracies in general. One of which I feel is most important: conspiracy theories are a mask. People become angry and/or afraid when bad things happen.

We want answers; reasons as to why those bad things occur. It is this desire to know the "why" and "what" that often lead to conspiracy theories. We hide our fears, anger and resentment behind the mask of conspiracies. We simply do not want to accept the awful fact that sometimes bad things happen for no reason at all. Evil, as such, does exist and doesn't always have a reason or even a purpose. It just exists. For most of us, that is terrifying and is not logical.

The masks of conspiracies are society's way of filling in the blanks and giving a possible explanation to some of the horrible things that happen. Some people wear those masks to the point of becoming paranoid and almost as scary as the bad event itself! They may even feel as though "they" are out to get us and take action such as protesting, rioting and even attacking others.

What conspiracy theorists don't seem to realize is that those masks sometimes wear pretty thin. Their deep down fears, anger and resentment starts showing through.

We all need a little serenity.
We all need a little serenity. | Source

Peace over paranoia

I have to be honest here. I do not understand the allure of creating a conspiracy theory. It doesn't make sense why some people would choose to live their lives in fear and angst with virtually no proof to back up their theories. In my humble opinion, they are creating more problems with the hassles of a conspiracy theory than the event the theory is about.

The way I see it, those theories haven't solved many crimes, gotten rid of many evil doers nor have they enabled people to sleep any easier at night. Those theories do not bring back the dead, right any wrongs or keep bad things from continuing to happen. They just cause panic. Why do they choose paranoia and fear over peacefulness? I have no "theory" on that one.

I may be foolish to not subscribe to the "everyone is out to get us" notion but I do sleep pretty good at night. I do not see the point to being suspicious of every single person I see on the street or at a train station. I prefer to approach life peacefully. I am not hostile towards people, I prefer to give them a fair chance. Call me crazy but being paranoid sounds like a huge pointless hassle.

Who's following me?
Who's following me? | Source

The difference between cautious and careless

I know some people that may read this will view me as foolish, unaware and perhaps even naïve. They are entitled to their own opinions. I refuse to make my life any harder than it already is by subscribing to conspiracy theories and paranoid thinking. Besides, there is a huge difference between being cautious and careless. I live my life in a peaceful manner, that does not mean I blindly trust everyone or believe everything I see and hear.

For the most part, I keep to myself but do it in a non threatening and friendly manner. Conspiracy theorists seem to be the opposite. They seem to want to draw the masses through fear tactics. They say the public "has a right to know" and that knowledge is power. It is true that knowledge can give people power. However, sometimes, there are things that the general public does NOT need to know.

Why would I say such a terrible thing? I'll explain with a couple of examples. When the public is made aware of certain perceived threats such as an outbreak of sickness, they panic. They race to the nearest hospital and demand immediate treatment and/or vaccines. This causes the hospitals to become overwhelmed which hinders their ability to help anyone.

Naturally if there is an outbreak of the flu virus, people should get treatment to help prevent it from spreading and becoming an epidemic. This is not the problem part, the problem is all of the people that are not sick. Some of those people suddenly develop symptoms and expect treatment for something only they perceive as real. Hence, paranoia can spread.

Another example is if the public is made aware of a terrorist threat. Yes, public safety should be a priority, that is a given. What also tends to happen is that every single person that fits the profile, ethnicity or stereotype of the supposed terrorist(s), can become a target of hate. This is partly due to the fear of terrorists hiding locally.

It is very good to be cautious and take proper safety measures at home and in public. It is sad and very careless to assume that a threat lurks behind every tree. I say it is careless because that type of paranoia can potentially lead to an innocent person or people getting hurt.

Peaceful lake
Peaceful lake | Source

The whopper conspiracy theory

Conspiracy theories have been around as long as we have and they aren't going anywhere anytime soon. I will never deny that there are sinister people and they do some very heinous things. I also know that not every person that smiles at me is my friend. One thing I can guarantee is that not every person working for the government wants to see me dead.

I just can't believe that the conspiracy theorists can't see the big picture. All the paranoia and theorizing in the world will never stop bad things from happening. All it does is cause different levels of hysteria.

Maybe that is really the whole point. Maybe the real conspiracy is for people drive each other insane. Maybe some people just enjoy scaring the daylights out of each other. I do not pretend to know. As I stated at the beginning, these are just my thoughts, opinions and ramblings. My little old opinions will certainly not change the minds of conspiracy theorists, nor do I care. Each person has to find their own reasons for getting up each day and if conspiracy theories do that for you, then so be it.

As for me, I choose to take each day as it comes and be thankful to be alive to write another day. I choose peace until it is time to not be peaceful.

© 2014 Tammy Cramblett

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      Dortha 2 years ago

      This does look prisoming. I'll keep coming back for more.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      It is not a matter of "liking" conspiracy theories as much as LIKING the Truth.