I try to stay out of the mud on the internet, which isn’t easy to do when you have a very public blog. But yesterday I listened to a podcast on This American Life that really disturbed me, about the conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting and the abuse of the parents who lost children in that devastating event. if you want to listen, and if you just want to browse.
I have to reveal before I go any further that I am a conspiracy minded person. I believe that there was advance knowledge of 9-11. I was an early adopter of the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, way back in the 1980s. I believe that they are hiding something at Area 51. I don’t get flu shots and while not anti-vax, I believe that information about vaccine safety is being withheld by the public. Lots of conspiracy theories that were considered fringe elements at one time have turned out to be true, which makes it difficult to rationalize a lack of suspicion. Cigarettes really do kill you, and manufacturers really did suppress information. MK Ultra really did do mind control experiments on unsuspecting Americans.
But the problem with the rabbit hole of conspiracy is that once you go down it, it’s hard to know where the truth is. When you don’t trust anything you read or hear, everything is suspect.
The abuse that has been piled on the parents of children who have died in school shootings, as well as the survivors of those shootings (such as “