Day 18 - Addiction to Conspiracy Theories is Like Addiction to Gambling

With conspiracy theories, there's always a chance that you'll be write. Just as with Gambling, there's always a chance that you're going to win. Conspiracy theories are a special addiction, though, because there's no cost to prescribing to, disseminating or creating a conspiracy theory. You might be the subject of ridicule, but that only massages the ego and makes the conspiracy feel even more like a conspiracy. The rate at which a conspiracy spreads is like a speed rush in itself. Gambling is just throwing away money. Great if you have it, but life-crushing if you don't. With gambling, you need to win every now and then. That's where the addiction comes from. With conspiracy theories, you never have to be right. But these days, some conspiracies are real. Alex Jones filmed that ridiculous footage of rich people in the woods chanting to an effigy. No fucking way did Jeffrey Epstein kill himself. How is there not already a book published titled "Who killed Jeffrey Epstein? Hint: It wasn't Jeffrey Epstein". And there's Bill Cosby, Michael Jackson. The JFK business is compelling. And so on. The takeaway from conspiracies is that we never really know what happens in the grand scheme, so we're always playing with the scale of possibility. We can't take anything too seriously and we just have to enjoy discussions and how the ifs, ands, buts, wheres, whens, hows, and whys lead to new insights about the human condition...which, in the end, is entertainment for the Great aliens hovering far above us, looking down on all this and laughing out of their asses.

Praise the gods of entertainment. 

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