Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,
Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC)
chemoelectric

Why do people want to live in a world that is scarier than the actual one?

Thom Hartmann’s recent co-written book on the Kennedy assassination is called ‘Legacy of Secrecy’, in reference to the most thorough and open murder investigation in the history of humankind. Why does Hartmann prefer to live in a world where all is a huge conspiracy full of covered-up assassinations and armies of drooling Grover Norquists? Why does he so badly want us to be in a Second ‘Republican’ Great Depression?

I have heard another liberal talk radio host, Peter B. Collins, say sincerely, in his voiceover-ready tone, that he doesn’t believe a 757 hit the Pentagon. Why does he want to live in a world where big numbers of people either hallucinated an airplane hitting the Pentagon or are part of the conspiracy (Gary Bauer among them)? Who does he think sent in the team of cover-up artists to knock down all those street lamps?

I brought up this topic some time ago with my therapist, and he repeated the usual Common Wisdom that the world is scary and people are trying to deal with that, but I rejected this explanation immediately, pointing out that the world these people are creating is much scarier than the actual world.

Perhaps this is a good topic for psych research.
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