Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Things Some People NEED To BELIEVE

(in no particular order, randomly picked out of the air)

Oswald was not acting alone.
Vaccines cause autism/are more dangerous than the diseases they caused/don't really work anyway.
Someone/thing is looking out for us.
God created the universe.
We did not really land on the moon.
The Holocaust never happened/was exaggerated/was not Hitler's fault.
George Bush knew about and allowed 9/11 to happen/The government is responsible for 9/11.
The earth is only 6000 years old.
You Must Recycle/Recycling all goes to the dump anyway.
Marilyn Monroe was murdered by the Kennedys.
Evolution is "just a theory."
President Obama was not born in the United States of America.
The flu vaccine will give you the flu.
The H1N1 vaccine is more dangerous than the disease itself.
Homeopathy.

I am still trying to figure out how to distill the Beliefs associated with health insurance reform. Is it as simple as The Government is out to get me? That seems like base paranoia and not so much a belief. Or do all the Leetle Beliefs like death panels and "g-men coming into your house to tell you how to raise your children" exist because of the base paranoia?

I am still mining my own brain for what mine are. I am picking up Denialism at the library this afternoon, and I hope it will be insightful.

More Beliefs?

1 comment:

Mercury419 said...

Hi, Karen! Interesting stuff - i've enjoyed the read!

The one belief that I know to be true right now is that we live in a universe of infinite hypotheses. As such, we really don't "know" anything - we simply latch on to what seems most probable at the time...