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5 Things to Know If Your Loved One Is Into Conspiracy Theories

1. They would really love it if you would talk to them about it

They just want to share. And if your loved one is bringing up something that doesn’t ring true to you, or goes against your own opinion, can you take a position of inquiry instead of dismissal?

Why not engage them in dialogue and investigate together? That’s what they would dearly love to do. And if you’re correct, you would only be helping them, right?

You have the internet, so why not look at the facts or claims being made, calmly, one by one, and do some fact checking side by side. This is due diligence.

Look closely for the primary source documents of the claims and help them differentiate between opinion and speculation and actual hard facts.

Would it really be so hard to watch that documentary they’ve been talking about non-stop? Go on, make it a date night!

2. They care about your wellbeing

If they’ve “discovered” a truth that they’re trying to share with you, it’s probably because they think you need to know it, for your health and safety or to understand the world better.

From their perspective, they’re looking out for you. And wouldn’t you want them to do just that?

Would it kill you to take a look at what they’re wanting to show you? Who knows, it might actually kill you to not look into it.

3. They may actually be very well-informed

Information has a way of expanding one’s perspective and understanding of life or a particular topic. This is what is meant by “waking up” in the common conspiracy theory vernacular.

And so, you literally might not be able to “see” or hear what they are saying if you haven’t done your own research on the topic.

And your loved one may have spent quite a few hours reading and thinking and researching. Sure, some of the theories will probably crumble under the light of inquiry and remain as nothing more than interesting plausibilities, but some might really “open your eyes”.

Be honest with yourself. How many hours have you spent on the topics they’re trying to share with you?

Where did you get your opinion from? From school, when you were five to ten years old? From the news? From the government? From science? Do you trust those institutions to have your best interest at heart and to not lie or mislead you, i.e, do you have faith?

Remember, there are none so smug as those bolstered by the presumed validity of sanctioned public opinion.

4. The term “conspiracy theory” is often used to dismiss genuine inquiry and paint truth-seekers as crazy

Have you ever seen how people often use this term in an openly mocking manner? They scoff and dismiss. Perhaps you do it too. Why is that?

Let’s look at these two terms for just a second. A ‘conspiracy’ is really a just a group of people secretly planning an action, and a ‘theory’ is a supposition or a system of ideas intended to explain something.

So, when strange things happen in this world, like “planes” supposedly flying into buildings out of the blue, or presidents being assassinated, one would think a conspiracy theory is actually quite necessary.

Doesn’t it make sense to assume that people met in private to plan acts like this? Would they not have had to? And then, would it not make sense to look at the facts and information available and come up with a theory that’s worth investigating?

Ask yourself, are you dismissing your loved one without undertaking your own inquiry? Are you simply accepting the “official” version of events?

5. Their instincts may lead them astray… or straight to a genuine truth

Something has caused them to “go down the rabbit hole” as they say. And that something is usually an instinct that something is not quite right in the world.

Perhaps something didn’t quite pass the sniff test, like Building 7, for example. And it caused them to look deeper, and they found something they feel is worth sharing.

Now, they may not have done their due diligence and properly fact-checked, or maybe they did. But at least, they’re doing something about their instincts. You could help them if you think they’ve been misled. See Point 1.

Be honest with yourself, does it really seem like the world situation makes sense? That nations have to give up nearly 50% of their collected taxes to banks? That the entire world is in debt? That governments don’t simply print their own money without interest, as they could and as they should? I could go on, but the point is, you just probably just haven’t made time to look into it. And that’s on you.

I know, research takes time and there’s tons of distractions. It’s easier to just dismiss and go back to your easy entertainment. And that’s why the world is the way it is.

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  1. Thomas Hutchinson

    Good article.

    May be a mention and brief description of ‘cognitive dissonance’ would help?


    • The Savage

      Hey Thomas, that’s a good point. I’ll add it here in the comment section:

      In this case, we can understand cognitive dissonance to be the uncomfortable feelings a person has when he hears opinions, beliefs or facts that contradict their own. The issue here is that many people have beliefs and opinions that they haven’t validated themselves, but have received from media, the school system or society at large.

      They are then unable to make sense of their feelings when presented with a “conspiracy feeling” and aren’t able to defend their position logically, or present facts to back up their opinion. This usually leads to outbursts, “I don’t want to talk about”, “Well, I just believe it and that’s that” “I don’t need to look into it, I already know” and “You’re just wrong, everybody knows”.


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