29 April 2006

Why Not So Independent or Rational?

There is a good article by David Hirsh on Independent's publication of a 'Jewish Stars and Stripes'.

David Hirsh’s article is first class but the reaction to it, just plain silly, but why ? Looking through the comments and points raised one thing stuck me: the irrationality of it all.

Not for the first time do we find conspiracy theories, but why in this modern age? Are they a substitute religion? Or a way of rationalising seemingly conflicting events or information? A surrogate ‘Satan’ or ‘witch’? A focus for people’s inner hatreds and loathing? The need for an eternal bogeyman?

I wonder if some psychiatrist could explain the prevalence of conspiracy theories in modern political thinking, albeit on the fringes of reality?

From the story of five dancing Israelis (were they doing the rumba?) to “dynamiting” of the WTC and beyond, why do smart people believe this nonsense?

Is it some medieval impulse that seems to draw people back to the intellectual dark ages?

I am at a loss to understand the craven irrationality behind these views.

Why do otherwise intelligent people believe such baloney? And to what purpose?

Surely, anyone familiar with the “Protocols” etc, should see through the absurdities and draw the historical connections?

Or is there some deeper psychiatric complaint in humanity, which explains it?

4 comments:

Will said...

You might find this interesting

http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/articles/l29consp.htm

Anonymous said...

Why is it that some people feel a slavish compulsion to believe everything governments tell them, even though time and again they have been shown in the past to be expedient liars, and to have admitted their deceptions and even sometimes been jailed when they were found out?

Why when bodies such as the CIA are voted hundreds of millions of dollars to conduct covert operations involving bribery, sponsorship of terrorism, subversion of elected governments and planting black propaganda do self-described 'modernists' fail to notice? What sort of digestive system swallows every little bit of ordure they are force-fed, in between yawning with weary superiority about the efforts of the 'craven, irrational' few to establish the truth by direct investigation?

Perhaps some psychiatrist could explain this abject need to kowtow relexively to the crowd of scumbags known as politicians.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

"Or is there some deeper psychiatric complaint in humanity, which explains it?"

Probably the need to have a real palpable EVIL to be pointed at and hated. Yeah, but then I am not a psychiatrist...

ModernityBlog said...

Did I touch a nerve there, with anon?