The gift of evolution has been kind to humanity. I’m just not convinced humanity is evolving its critical thinking skills. Its ability to believe the absurd continues because its need for mythology continues.
Some will also consider you a foreigner until you prove otherwise. If you are an evil terrorist, you’re not really dead until photos of your corpse emerge. Even if you ARE really dead.
Get used to crazy conspiracy theories, just like the aforementioned ones above. The human need for myth making is not dead.
Mythology was always a nice little collection of impossible and unprovable stories about invisible gods and super humans. These stories spoke to mankind’s questions about the mysteries of life.
We still make mythologies, just not in the classical sense.
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama believes the modern world is now in its post-historical phase. This means all of history was about man’s struggle to achieve secular democracy. The entire world, including the Middle East, is falling in love with the ancient Greek concept of one-person, one-vote. But we are the children born after history in a struggle to find new meanings in a played-out world.
So, we make myths.
They are no longer about the wrath of the gods or the origins of man. They now appear in a new form.
What is the Holy Grail of the post-historical world? Who is our Thor? What portraits fill our modern Pantheon?
Our present-day mythological beings do not hold magic hammers. They bang gavels.
They do not rule from Mount Olympus. They legislate for the good of the people.
Government is ripe for modern-day myth making. It’s made up of murky, shadowy contradictions and it leaves many of us befuddled.
Sometimes, it is unclear who is running the damn thing.
You can’t see government operate, like cogs in a machine, or circuits in a computer board. You can’t examine its source code. You can’t research its index. Government appears full of backroom deals and handshakes and favoritism and greedy people making power grabs. It is just begging to become the central star in modern day mythologies.
Perhaps our next president will be from a far-away spiraling galaxy sent here to control our minds and impregnate maple trees with its space babies. But probably not.
When will conspiracy theories go away? When humans decide to quit using unprovable ideas to explain unknowable concepts. When we stop believing all ideas are equal, no matter how baseless or senseless. When we stop thinking there must always be someone behind the curtains, pulling the levers. When we are no longer convinced that facts only offer stronger proof for fallacies.
After all, that’s exactly what “they” want you to believe.
I think that means conspiracy theories will become extinct just about never.