Why do Smart People Believe in Conspiracy Theories?
Tim Miller
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That’s one of my favorite Dark Knight lines, too.

Sigh. Why do people do what they do? Believe conspiracy theories, do insane things, hurt others?

I’m of the mind that almost everything boils down to fear: We believe conspiracy theories (or improbable things) because we are afraid. We act out of fear. We vote out of fear. Most of our decisions are arrived at from a place of fear: For ourselves, our loved ones, our senses of identity, our values.

How do we move past fear? We must enter into conversations with whatever you want to call the higher self. Act from a place that isn’t fear based.

Most people don’t/can’t/won’t do this. And that is one reason why the world burns.

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