The Conspiracy Conspiracy

Although I will be discussing the similar topic of ignorance and borderline insanity exhibited by the anti-government, anti-logic lunatics of the world, this time it is more specifically about many people’s negative responses to tragic events, and how countless people are truly terrified of the spontaneity and unpredictable nature of the world, and refuse to believe that any tragedy could occur, that they all must be orchestrated by some higher person or organization, a prime example being this, and this, and this. It is widely believed that everything happens for a reason, but, when something occurs for seemingly no reason, many of us tend to completely refuse that possibility, and jump to assigning a grand perpetrator in order to establish a sense of control over the matter. If no one is given the blame for these tragedies, then that would mean it happened randomly and without reason, which just isn’t acceptable (to them).

On September 11, 2001, four planes departing from Northeastern states were hijacked by members of the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda. Two of the airliners were crashed into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center, with all of their passengers still onboard, helpless, while a third plane was crashed into the Pentagon, collapsing a portion of the mighty structure, again, with all of its passengers still on board, helpless. The fourth plane, headed for the White House, was fortunately diverted from its target location by its passengers who had overtaken the plane from the hijackers. On this day, 3,000 people died, and another 6,000 were wounded. It remains the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the country, and has changed the world forever. But, that couldn’t really have happened, right? There’s clearly no possible way that such a terrible, tragic, sporadic act of violence could have been committed, and without any way to prepare. There obviously had to be some sort of mastermind organization that orchestrated this attack, because the pure spontaneity of this all is just so outlandish. There just has to be someone in control. Always.

I’m going to be honest: I never really knew that this was actually a relatively widely adopted theory, but I was unpleasantly surprised when I found out it is. In the aforementioned videos linked above, the host discusses the awful events that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, but not with a feeling of sorrow and mourning for those who were affected. Instead, this man goes on to clearly inform us that the Sandy Hook school shooting was, in fact, a staged event, conspired by, yes, the federal government, with co-conspirators in the form of major news networks covering the event. These people who believe in the ‘Sandy Hook Conspiracy’ fall into the exact same category as those who believe in the government-choreographed attacks on the U.S. Again, it stems from a desire to assign a figure to an event in order to eliminate the possibility of a random event – without reason – that lacked control. Many of us are uncomfortable in the face of the unknown and the nonexistence of control, but there are those who just take it to the very extremes.

While I whole-heartedly agree that the world can be a terrifying place in all its spontaneity and unpredictability, and that the events that transpire can truly shake us all to the core, I think that it’s even more terrifying that there are so many people who, not only refuse to believe that these tragedies really happened, but that they assign the blame to some organization or figure (e.g. the Illuminati, the government, private organizations, fictitious organizations, etc.) in an attempt to satisfy their need to rationalize everything with some sort of orchestrator or puppet master.  

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