|Posted on December 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM|
I confess that over the last few years I have become a conspiracy theorist. I’m not sure exactly how it happened. Maybe it’s a sign that I have too much time on my hands.
I suppose I came into this innocently enough. Though I’m too you to remember the actual conversation(s), my father tells the story of how my grandma never could bring herself to believe that we actually put people on the moon and how they would go rounds each trying to persuade the other why they were right and the other wrong. I find it funny that while my grandma didn’t have access to the internet, there was something inside her that smelled like a rat when it came to the moon landing.
Now before you dismiss me out of hand as a nutcase or whack job, I will say that I don’t believe myself to be your “typical” conspiracy theorist. I’m not obsessed with who shot JFK, if Al-Qaida was behind the 9/11 attacks, what’s going on in Area 51, or the myriad of other popular conspiracies that find life in the alternate media world. I don’t try to figure out if it’s the Bilderbergs, the Freemasons, the Rothschild banking cartel or the Illuminatti that are trying to take over the world. While I find the theories interesting, my enjoyment lies elsewhere.
What I enjoy the most as I “research” these ideas are the debates that go on between the different factions as well as those who believe no conspiracy exists (the latter being the most stimulating). It’s like watching two skilled fighters circling each other calculating when and how to land their next blow. Sometimes the punch completely misses its mark and leaves that fighter’s defenses vulnerable if not completely shattered. Occasionally, the full force of the punch lands and sends the opponent reeling.
I realize as I write this that the greatest benefit that I’ve received from my exploring these conspiracies is how often I’ve accepted the status quo or the party line when it comes to how I look at the world or whatever situation is presently before me. I am developing my skills as a critical thinker as well as sharpening my ability to think on my feet. I’ve even improved my aptitude to rise above the noise of a situation to find unconventional solutions to current problems that I’m presented with.
While there may be more conventional ways to achieve the same results, I’m going to ride this horse as far as it takes me since it seems to be working for me. When I’m finished, I’ll find another way to challenge myself.
I’m including one of my favorite sites just for fun. Let me know what you think.