Originally Posted by RRzxter
See, you don't even really have to give someone an explanation or brainwash them. People will just make shit up on their own. Shit that makes absolutely no sense. They will go to any length of their imagination just to not have to believe that these things can and do happen. But I want to be clear, I don't think this phenom is because people are stupid. I think it's because they're scared. I mean, what a horrible thing to have to accept about your country and your life. If people really let that sink in and accepted that our own gov let the billionaires get away with stuff like this, they would be faced with a horrible choice: Be ok with it or do something about it.
It's better to force-feed yourself some hysterical justification, so you don't have to burden yourself with either. It's better to say that 4 crazy bad guys (like the ones from Indiana Jones) did this with little box cutters and it was all orchestrated from a cave in the middle east. Yes, that's what it was. And high rise buildings always implode into a pile of dust, into their own footprint, at freefall speed, when they catch fire. That happens every time. Because people never kill other people for money or insurance fraud and we never go to war over resources. It's always been about saving the impoverished from tyranny and spreading democracy and eradicating all the bad guys that do bad things and everyone hates America because we're better than everyone and have nice things and those ignorant poor cave people are just jealous. Maybe I should believe that so I can drum through my life and not make it my problem to care or want it different.
If you knew your neighbor could kick your ass and you heard him kicking the shit out of his wife and kids, would you just turn your TV up and convince yourself that they were just having a party?
It's called self preservation. Ignore it so you don't get hurt and then make up some crazy story in your head, so you don't have to feel guilty about not caring.
Anyway, let's move on to the "real" problems in this country.
I get what you're saying, believe me. There are people and groups within our government and outside our government that wield an incredible amount of power. People who have never been elected and who's names we'll never know. As a staunch Libertarian, I believe that's the reason my candidates will never gain the traction needed to upset the 2 party system, even though most folks fall into a more Libertarian philosophy of governance. Any threats to a central / world bank will organize those forces to squash dissent.
Where you lose me is the insistence that almost every mass tragedy is at the planning and behest of some dark force seeking to line their pockets or poach resources, and that those of us that don't buy in are somehow a flock of obtuse sheep being unwittingly led to slaughter. I just can't get on board with that. Call me blind, an optimist, whatever. The things you attribute to conspiracy would require hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people to keep a secret. In the case of the WTC and terrorist acts similar to it, why add so many layers of complexity? Same goals could have been achieved through much simpler means. War in Iraq? Far simpler ways to get into a war with them than some elaborate scheme involving multiple stages of militarization.
In the case of Sandy Hook, of course I have questions. Do I think the media was steered in the proper direction to meet an anti gun agenda? You bet. Where we part ways is this: Those kids are dead. Those teachers are dead. That idiot Lanza shot them. We do this shit all the time. We demand immediate sound bites and 24 hour coverage, then if every piece doesn't add up with what was initially reported we assume some sort of cover up. To assume such is to assume that the firefighters, police, clergy, parents, other students and teachers that have been interviewed are all somehow complicit. People who are known in their communities. Some who don't agree with an anti gun agenda. Public servants with years of background in the community. All are on board at some level with a grand conspiracy. Sorry, just can't buy in. To do so means that we live in a near utopia, where people left to their own devices do not perpetrate these acts on their fellow citizens. A place where the tragedies of life can be blamed on some covert force outside our control. Sometimes, for me, things are what they seem.
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