Ahhhhh, conspiracy theories. They’re just one of those things that can seemingly provoke a reaction from just about anybody, and generally speaking, a reaction occurs in one of two ways; people are either into them or they’re not, and the divide that exists between the options is a rather frosty one. Conspiracy theories have always been stigmatized and carry controversial affiliates, hence why there isn’t a whole lot of middle ground when it comes to the matter.
I, however, disagree with this mentality and very much think someone can both believe and disagree with certain elements of conspiracy theories, and I happen to identify with this stance.
Are there conspiracy theories in existence that are completely and entirely ridiculous? Yes, there are, depending on who you ask. Are there also, however, conspiracy theories in existence that offer evidence to support their belief? Yes, there are, also depending on who you ask. I don’t think there is necessarily a right or wrong opinion towards the topic, but I do think it is fair to both agree and disagree with components within certain theories that exist.
Asking questions and the desire to seek out knowledge are positive traits to possess, in my opinion. They’re two methods of learning, and learning is something we can all continually benefit from in a variety of different ways and contexts. I think conspiracy theories have the potential to be both advantageous and disadvantageous – in some ways, they have the potential to encourage you to think about things in a way you perhaps never would have otherwise. In other ways, they have the potential to influence people to think irrationally and even dangerously.
There are pros and cons to just about anything these days, conspiracy theories being a prime example. I take them with a grain of salt, but I can’t say I’m entirely in support of them or against them.