Today, I argued with crazy people. Why? Because I’m a stubborn fool.
My Tea Party-loving cousin copy-pasted some trash from another fool’s Facebook page talking about Obama having stopped having the National Day of Prayer crap in the White House. Somehow they managed to turn this into:
Barack signed a new proclamation in May, 2009 which did away with National Day of Prayer. There’ll be no public ceremony involving prominent clerics, lawmakers or prayers. There goes the RIGHT to gather peaceably and puts a huge dent in the FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
Yes, really. The President deciding not to have his National Day of Prayer meeting inside the White House ends the right to protest and freedom of religion. Needless to say, an argument ensued between her, her friends, and myself. It ran the full gambit, from them discrediting any opinion I had because I wasn’t a Christian like them to the conspiracy theory that Obama is part of a fifty year-long secret Communist plot to take over the government and destroy freedom (not to mention being knee-deep in logical fallacies). Which gets me to my real point, which I tried to express to them: Conspiracy theories are illogical. It is no different than religion in this respect. They are completely scientifically unfalsifiable to the persons who believe it. Anything you try to say only solidifies the conspiracy to them.
No evidence? Because they are hiding it!
Evidence to the contrary? Because they are making a coverup!
Showing you have a history of mental illness or heavy drug use? They are trying to silence you because you know the truth!
The sad fact of the matter is that the government is absolutely terrible at hiding things. We find out shit all the time about how they get caught doing stuff. CIA running and selling cocaine? The government helping Chiquita take over Guatemala? Assassination attempts of various leaders? I mean come on, they really suck at keeping secrets and being discreet.
Humans naturally try to see agency behind every action, this is well known. It works great when you’re in the woods and hear a stick break and turn in time to save yourself from a wild animal, but not so much in the complicated world of human civilization where we have access to every drop of news from the entire planet. Of course this is going to play out in spectacular ways with some people. This is the same kind of thinking that makes people think that because they personally survived some bad accident that a god saved them on purpose. Sometimes things are actually coincidences. Sometimes you just luck out and survive. Sometimes people die in weird ways.
But these people would rather think that they’re on to a concerted effort to take over the world because it feeds their ego and they’re drummed up paranoia from watching too much Fox News. They’re the ones who were smart enough to have caught on! (Lets not even mention how often these people have been shown to have drug use with chemicals that have been scientifically proven to increase paranoia and permanently alter brain chemistry) In their world, they hate the government so much that there is no such thing as a coincidence. They have made a boogieman for themselves. They turn an incompetent government into a patient and hyper-intelligent foe for them to be the hero against. This boogieman continues to grow bigger and bigger in their eyes and it can do no good unless they’re in control of the boogieman personally.
When you try to show them how crazy it is they always follow the pattern too.
The government is a good thing only when their political ideology is in control.
They sensationalize everything their opponents do and then pass it through their crazy little grapevine until it becomes something that actually sounds scary to their buddies.
The conspiracy is in plain sight, if only you would open your eyes!
If you don’t agree with them then you’re not thinking for yourself and you’re believing everything “THEY” are trying to feed you.
I’ve given up for now. I’m not going to try to argue with my cousin anymore for a while on any of her crap. I just don’t have the patience to deal with such willful ignorance and blind devotion.
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