What is the appeal of conspiracy theories?
General Section question. Let’s keep it clean, please.
Why do people believe them?
Personally, I think that some people find comfort in the notion that someone is exerting control to create the conspiracy. The alternative is too frightening for them.
“Lee Harvey Oswald couldn’t have acted alone, because that would mean one individual could bring about catastrophe. Surely, it must require vast resources to pull off such a coup.”
“The Illuminati control governments all around the world. Otherwise, chaos reigns.”
“The Freemasons have a vast shelter under the Denver airport they will escape to when Armageddon comes, because…well, just because.”
What do you think?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.