>>76222225>oh yeah, sure, you know all of us better than we know ourselves, just like how we're all schizos who believe the reptoid satan jews are trying to steal our pps according to you
Very, very few people actively believe in conspiracy theories, at least at first. This is why you can have how many people talking about Pizzagate and how many of them are actually shooting up Cosmo Pizza?
They're a coping mechanism, a way of dealing with stress and the world at large. They provide a sense of community, an idea of superiority, and an outlet for stress and desire to understand the way the world works.
But they are unhealthy, in the same way drugs are unhealthy. They do not actually fix the problems, they just cover them up. They don't resolve issues, spark real growth, or really do anything at all except allow people to become complacent in their lives.
They allow those that indulge in them to avoid difficult questions, questions like>Why is the government capable of inflicting such incredible harm, yet incapable of actually being able to cause real change?
How can the same government that will overthrow governments at the drop of a hate not able to resolve out healthcare issues? Our social issues? Why are all these problems going unfixed when the government seems to do whatever it wants?
That's a very nasty question to grapple with, and there's no really good answer. But man, according to the conspiracy theory, it's not like that at all. No, the government could fix everything, it just chooses not to for some sinister reason. It's not a bunch of asshole people who are shortsighted, foolish, and working at cross purposes, no, it's a well run cabal that's fooled the world into believing it's just doing bad things by accident.
This is why conspiracy theories are so counterproductive: they manufacture easy problems that are impossible to fix so that people don't have to worry about hard problems that can be overcome.