I’m a conspiracy theorist. What is a conspiracy theorist? Is it good or bad to be a conspiracy theorist?
Here are some definitions, one from Google and the others from me:
- A conspiracy is a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful. (Google)
- A conspiracy theory is any hypothesis or theory which postulates the existence of a conspiracy.
- A conspiracy theorist is one who studies conspiracy theories and who believes that conspiracies exist.
Do conspiracies exist? Yes. The Holocaust, the mass imprisonment and killing of undesirable people by the Nazis in WWII, is an example of a conspiracy. The Holocaust was a secret operation, but the defeat of the Nazis blew the lid off the secrecy.
If you believe the Holocaust didn’t happen, then you still believe in conspiracies, because you believe there is a massive conspiracy to fabricate the Holocaust.
If you’re not sure whether the Holocaust happened, then you can still see by logic that either the Holocaust happened, or there was a massive conspiracy to fabricate the Holocaust, and therefore one conspiracy or the other happened.
So in any case, you, the reader, believe there has existed at least one massive conspiracy in the history of the world.
“The Holocaust happened” is a conspiracy theory. It’s a theory which postulates a conspiracy. If you’ve studied the Holocaust, then you’ve done conspiracy theory (at least a little bit of it).
In at least a small sense, you, the reader, are a conspiracy theorist. You’re a conspiracy theorist in the sense that you’ve studied and believe in the Holocaust — unless you doubt the official story of the Holocaust, in which case you’re a conspiracy theorist for that.
The only readers who might not be conspiracy theorists are any readers who have never studied the Holocaust. In that case, you’ve taken an interestingly unique path of education, and you should go learn about the Holocaust, because it teaches some important lessons about humanity.
Basically, then, anybody reading this is a conspiracy theorist, at least to a small extent.
Is it good or bad to be a conspiracy theorist?
Studying true conspiracies is good if you believe the truth is generally good for us.
Studying untrue (non-real) conspiracies is basically a waste of time. It can be entertaining and/or a good learning experience. It can also cause a lot of unnecessary fear, anger, and sense of alienation.
Unfortunately, to tell whether a conspiracy theory is true or not, you have to study it.
Most people choose not to gamble their time on learning about conspiracy theories that might or might not be true. However, some conspiracy theories are true. Conspiracies really occur, and they can have major consequences for society and individuals. So it’s important that people are looking into conspiracies.
Being a conspiracy theorist can be good or bad, depending on what kind of impact it has on you and the people around you. Being a conspiracy theorist has good and bad consequences.
Personally, I value learning about conspiracies. I value the truth, and I have taken it upon myself to try to figure out what’s going on, to the extent that my resources and competing priorities allow. I believe that conspiracy theories are important to study if you aspire to some approximation of an accurate big picture of what’s going on on Earth right now. I think there are probably very interesting conspiracies out there whose existence is not accepted by mainstream thinking.