The human brain is a marvelous thing.
I've been giving this much thought lately as politics in America is now a bipolar sport. For one very small moment, I will look at the glass as half full.
The human mind is truly the most complex device created and is completely unpredictable due to this nature. I can have a brother or a sister with nearly an identical upbringing and have a diametrically opposed view on just about anything. One small but profound experience can change a person's outlook on just about any subject.
We are creatures that are exposed to our environment to such an incredible state. We feel everything around us with exquisite detail . . . not just things that we contact directly, but even things we have never experienced with our other 4 senses. We only need to perceive a threat albeit social, political, etc for our minds to begin formulating a defense. Real action and responses as we plot our safety.
This is the reason why our "connected" age is both a huge win and a huge liability for us. First, we know much more now than we ever did being connected to the "net". On the other hand, we perceive many, many more threats than there really are. This has to be true. The real threats haven't changed (the world is actually safer than it has ever been for us humans). So why am I so freaked out about politics? And why are you? And why do people insist on believing in things that are simply "preposterous"?
I am always amused and also bemused at how some people will believe in things that have zero photos, no witnesses, no evidence -- while others will refuse to believe in something like the moon landings with hundreds of thousands of photos, artifacts, and (literally) piles of evidence.
I'm not saying that people should just go along with the given narrative. By all means . . . think out of the box. Challenge the herd mentality. It is far easier to believe what everyone else around you believes because you do not have to think through all the details yourself. We (humans) literally do this for 95% of everything we believe. Only 5% of what you know or believe have you ever really given any substantial thought.
I am just more curious about what survival gene(s) in our bodies drive us to refuse, what seems as obvious, in favor of believing in the near impossible and have a fear of something that will never be a threat. It is far harder to believe the moon landings never occurred. As well, it is a difficult life to live in a fear of nearly everything.
I portion some appreciation for those who believe the earth is flat, we did not land people on the moon, and that Elvis is still living somewhere near Memphis. They plod a road less traveled.
Yet, my hope is that one day, rational will eventually calm the masses.