There’s a weird sort of relief that comes with believing you understand, at least, why a bad thing is happening, even if you’re powerless to stop it.
The cult of the paranoid Medium post
Washington Post

Spot on, and one of the reasons why conspiracy theories are so pervasive. The idea of a CIA and mob cabal hatching a plan to execute the president is more comforting than the idea that a single lone gunman can disrupt the world order. A Zionist/Neoconservative plot to blow up the World Trade Center with lasers, explosives, and mysterious disappearances is more comforting than a dozen hijackers killing 3000 innocent people and initiating two decades of war.

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