Conspiracies that can Manipulate your Behaviour.
These are not the big frontpage conspiracies, but those that are hidden in places we do not expect to find them.
We all heard the stories and accounts of conspiracies and the possibility of conspiracies behind big tragedies and events that made front page news for weeks, even months. There are numerous theories of conspiracies often without much proof. That is why they remain theories. It simply means there is no proof.
To mention a few, let’s look at the Kennedy assassination.
The Russions did it.
The FBI is behind it.
The CIA organised the murder.
Lots of evidence is produced in support of every theory, but still there is no proof. They are still only theories.
Same goes for Princess Diana’s death.
Prince Charles did it.
The Queen ordered the murder.
MI5 is responsible.
And then there is the Twin Tower case.
Lots of evidence, no proof of anything other than what was officially reported. Bin Ladin ordered the strike, he organised it and his people executed the attack.
Most of the evidence is clearly thumb-sucking drivel. Some evidence is quite convincing. In all logical thinking, there is evidence in all these cases that borders on proof. But it is not quite there, not quite foolproof. Yet.
One’s personal perspective plays a role here. If you chose to believe in conspiracies you will in all probability consider these near-proof evidences as the real thing. “See, there you have it. I told you so.” And then you might even start bringing up arguments to support the evidence and convince everyone of this real “proof”.
The worst of these theories, for which there exist no proof, of course, is evolution. But I won’t go into the matter in this article. I go a little deeper into this theory in a previous article titled: “Culture versus Evolution”.
Small everyday Conspiracies.
The big, newsworthy conspiracies (or non-conspiracies) are for everyone to decide what they chose to believe. But what about small, disguised conspiracies that can manipulate your behaviour? Do we recognise them as such, or do we just go with the flow; follow the crowd?
These conspiracies are more real than the big ones. They are just as difficult to prove as the big ones. They are subtle, disguised as trends, fashions and marketing surveys. They are hidden deep inside social media. They start out as hints and suggestions. Some take time to draw reaction. Another may kindle a fire that spreads quicker that a wild felt fire in the dry season.
Consider a post on any social media network about some gadget you can use to monitor a certain health aspect. Add to it the possibility it might save your life. Slowly sales figures will push the graphic upwards.
Another post my suggest how the use of a certain brand of shoe saved the writer’s ankles from breaking or spraining on a run in rough terrain.
The sales for that brand will surely increase.
And then the felt fire post gets noticed. It might say something like:
“How I beat stage 6 cancer using this product. It works for prevention too”.
See how this product gets onto the shopping list of everybody and how people rush to the shops to get their wonder product before stocks run out.
I’m not saying all posts like these are conspiracies. There is a lot of truth in most such posts. To research advice before running to the shops though, won’t harm, because what works for one might draw a different reaction in another.
The fact is, people react. Make a suggestion and people pay attention. Start a rumour and people jump in. Show a new way and it becomes a trend.
Surveys are helpful in determining what might work as a new trend or what product could be promoted in such a subtle way. It is far more effective than advertising. Besides, it doesn’t cost a dime.
Conspiracies in other areas of life.
Marketing is not the only department where conspiracies are found.
One company makes it known that they hire staff more readily if an applicant shows proof of voluntary work. Another jumps in and do the same. Before you know it, students and job-seekers flood local charities to do volantary work.
This is not necessarily a bad thing. Both sides benefit. The job-seekers get valuable experience while the charities get work done for which they cannot afford to pay. But someone has to be the big winner in the game.
Could it be the big hiring companies that benefit most?
Imagine a young person fresh from varsity gets hired after many hours of voluntary work. Being the lowest man on the pole he follows orders. He is hardly in a position to protest if those orders don’t make sense.
Wanting to prove his worth, he will not easily complain about work-overload. Why? Because he is the lowest man on the pole, yes! But also because he is conditioned to do work for no compensation. As a volunteer he worked hard for nothing but experience. Now that he has a full time job he is thankful to get a salary and is less inclined to protest about too much work for too little pay than the person who has never volunteered, but expects fair pay for a fair amount of work. The one with the experience as volunteer may not even be able to recognise this trend.
Photo by Matthew R Rader. Unsplash.
Is this really a conspiracy, or the fruit of an over-active imagination?
Neither. It is a theory that might or might not ever be proven true or false. So, please, whoever reads this and do voluntary work, don’t stop. You’re doing a great job from the love in your heart.
We can go on for days and find evidence of possible conspiracies, debate about them and get nowhere. Most of them are theories and nothing more. Teories are interesting but never true. Once they get proven to be true, they are no longer theories and we lose interest in them.
I do hope, however, that this article set some thought processes in motion. There is always the possibility that our behaviour is monitored and manipulated. If this is true, it no longer is a theory. It is a conspiracy.
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