‘Chemtrails’ Are Symptomatic of a Larger, Potentially Deadly Problem
Gawker gets a bad rep in media circles, much of it deserved. But beneath the surface, there are some very interesting sub-blogs. One of those I’ve stumbled upon recently is The Vane, run by Dennis Mersereau. His beat is weather, hence the name, but he also spends time debunking chemtrails conspiracy theories, which led him to post about the Las Vegas shootings.
Seems the alleged shooters were heavy believers in chemtrail theory.
If a man tells himself a lie over and over again, eventually he will begin to believe it as fact. When the lie is something that fundamentally alters his view of reality, it can turn dangerous.
The chemtrail conspiracy theory is a well-covered phenomenon around these parts, and every time I or someone else writes a story trying to debunk the ridiculous myths surrounding this ugly bit of anti-science, the hardcore believers jump in and explain why they know The Truth and everyone else is being paid to lie about it.
So when I heard this afternoon that the Las Vegas shooter was into the chemtrail conspiracy theory, my first two reactions were 1) oh, that figures and 2) oh, man.
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Mersereau posits a good argument for how conspiracy theories build upon each other and creates situations that are hazardous to our health as a society and as individuals. From news reports, it seems the Las Vegas shooters were climbing that unhealthy ladder.
I’ve experienced severe paranoia before, as the culmination of some other issues. It was incredibly frightening. Fortunately, I got treatment and the paranoia subsided.
But these CT people are being egged on in their paranoid delusions. I’m not sure how that can be stopped in the age of the Internet, but it’s a dangerous pathway for us all.
I encourage you to check out the article, and the rest of The Vane.