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1 Charleston Chew  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 6:38:50am

I think ultimately the belief in both supernatural gods or just ultra-powerful humans who control everything stems from childhood memories of when there really were people who were much more knowledgeable and powerful than oneself.

The belief in benevolent gods (or ultra-powerful humans) is a failure to grow up and face the fact that as an adult there’s no “mommy and daddy” who can solve intimidating problems for you, so adults create “fantasy parents” who are equally superior in knowledge and ability as adults are to children. Conspiracy theories of all-powerful cabals are just the malevolent flip-side of benevolent fantasy parents.

2 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 6:39:57am

re: #1 Charleston Chew

“Mommy, I have Elders of Zion under my bed!”

3 Charleston Chew  Wed, Jun 8, 2011 8:03:43am

The really ironic thing is people who fear powerful conspiracies controlling the world are not really afraid of it at all. They actually like the idea, the way horror movie enthusiasts love horror movies. The idea they really are afraid of, the idea that scares them so much they dare not even contemplate it, is that no one is in charge, no one has control.

Though they would deny it, they subconciously take comfort in the idea that bad things happen because someone decided to make them happen, rather than the much more terrifing reality that one day you’re driving down the street in your car and a large tree weakened by years of rot falls on your car and kills you for no reason at all.


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