I found myself, the other day, unavoidably engaged, once again, in a conversation with a close acquaintance whose conspiratorial perspectives have expanded beyond a ‘deep state’ cabal controlling the mainstream media to revisionist history (deep sigh).
I granted him that a narrative account of historical events is vulnerable to the biases of the narrator and that specifics of time and place (within limits) and the underlying motives of the actors might be considered. After all, I went on, nothing is written in stone; new knowledge arises and accounts change, but the scholarship and peer reviews of generations of researchers has a legitimacy that defies any idea of ‘deep state’ agenda. I allowed that when it comes to narrative accounts hard facts and pure fictions will be reasonably seen as not so hard and not so pure. The sources of one’s information, though, must be determined to be free of deliberate distortion. Intuitively imagining the truth of unsupported premises really must be seen for what it is.
There’s a difference, after all, between questioning the accuracy of generally accepted accounts and undermining those accounts based on intuition, dubious sources and unsupported premises.
It’s alarming the degree to which some people will go to calm their cognitive dissonance, trying to explain to themselves how power works against them in some nefarious, convoluted way when very ordinary, greed-oriented conspiracies can explain their plight quite easily. But realizing they have been conditioned to aspire to those very same greed-oriented, narcissitic values would require a confrontation with their shadow, which, it seems, is a total deal-breaker. There MUST be some other explanation for their plight which does NOT include their complicity.
Good assessment; a psychological explanation escapes me; I can only believe these folks are seeking simplistic answers in their desire to find conspiracy which pretty clearly isn’t there.