It’s taken me many years to come to this conclusion, but after seeing so many intelligent friends and family members fall prey to the most obvious of bullshit, I have no choice but to accept this as fact.
Brainwashed people aren’t stupid. They simply have a poor sense of discernment and are easily swayed by their emotions. They seek the answers that validate their preconceptions and are content to accept those false answers as fact because it makes more sense to them. Others, however, are wired to seek absolute truth, knowing full well they may not always like what they hear.
That’s me. I’m all about the true story. I’m the skeptic. The asker of questions. The agitator. If it’s bullshit, I don’t want it cemented in my brain as fact. I’d feel like a fool. And I know I’m not alone.
You won’t know what I’m talking about if you are one of the brainwashed, but check this out: what’s up with people constantly sharing and re-circulating obviously FAKE and very easily debunked viral hoaxes?
Well, I think I’ve finally figured it out. Some people don’t have a “fake” filter. What might be obvious to you or I might not be obvious to someone else who views things more optimistically, and with a far less discerning eye.
They want to believe.
The same “back door entry” to the human brain that allowed Jim Jones and David Koresh, among others to take total control of their followers is the same one all of these fake viral “news articles” use to get in there and lay eggs.
Some people have a better firewall in their brains to keep these pesky invaders out. Some people are wide open. It has nothing to do with intelligence, and everything to do with perception and emotional malleability. Make people think this information is what they need. So much so that the idea of it not being true means catastrophe.
It’s not a race thing and it’s not a class thing. Certain people can simply be reprogrammed like a computer.
People have been making up stories to either comfort themselves or maintain order and conformity since before the beginning recorded history. And as this trend shows no signs of slowing down, I must conclude that it is simply human nature to collectively swallow the lies that make us feel good. Many humans, anyway, the ones without the evolutionary firewall update.
They block out the parts of reality that contradict the views and beliefs they want to adhere to. Simple as that. Their minds are unable to see the plain truth sitting right in front of them.
I can’t do that. I know a lot of other people who can’t do that, either. We easily recognize snake oil salesmen, and we aren’t falling for their shit. If you are one of us, then I am speaking to you. Others will not understand and that is fine. It has to be this way, apparently.