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It’s an understatement to say it’s been a crazy time, but it’s also hard to find words that are more sufficient to describe the chaos, confusion, and psychological drama that the American public has been subject to since the Wuhan virus reached our shores. I usually pride myself on being somewhat good with words, but what else can I say? It’s been cray.
My whole life, I’ve been one who is eager to question official narratives, challenge convention, and “seek truth,” as many in my circle refer to their interest in uncovering sinister agendas among those in power.
However, I also now believe that the so-called “truther movement” is full of deception and foolishness and the narratives spun within are heavily reliant upon the power of suggestion and a widespread inability to form convincing arguments.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not sitting over here thinking I’m some great logical master, far from it. (In fact, I have been reading this book on logical fallacies for middle-schoolers and it’s both humbled me and made me realize how widespread such fallacies are among all manner of commentary on hot-button issues).
As I’ve spent more time working in commentary media and delving into the principles of classical education, I’ve realized how often I’ve been lead to believe narratives that are based on little more than my own preconceived notions and confirmation biases.
I still believe a lot of things that many dismiss as “conspiracy theory” and I remain open-minded to truths about those in power, large-scale global-events, and international agendas that would fit quite comfortably in with QAnon message boards or the Infowars comments section.
But in the era of coronavirus, I’ve been quite distressed to see how easily many in these spheres commit themselves to narratives about the virus that are based on absolutely nothing.
There are a lot of suspicious factors at play, right before our eyes, in the midst of this pandemic. Such as:
The Chinese government’s early handling of the virus
The WHO’s parroting Beijing’s claims that the virus wasn’t transmitted person-to-person
The fact that a lab in Wuhan was studying coronavirus in bats
The fact that Beijing kicked foreign journalists out of Wuhan in the midst of the outbreak
Chilling, anonymous reports that bodies were being burned en masse in Wuhan
The 21 million Chinese cell phone accounts that went dead in the midst of the virus
The coincidental timing between the virus’ arrival in the US and the impeachment hearing in Washington DC
Past works of fiction which “predicted” a very similar pandemic
Confusing data reporting on the part of both Beijing and Western governments
The wildly out-of-proportion models which US federal authorities used to advise lockdown measures
The fact that 2020 is an election year
The mainstream media’s very muted reporting of the virus when it appeared to be quite dire in Wuhan in early 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s questionable past at the NIH and his political ties in Washington DC
Reports from NYC funeral directors that they were pressured to report deaths as caused by COVID-19 when it was only suspected
You might notice a few things about this list (which is by no means exhaustive).
To begin with, something which has bothered me all along is that the narratives about the way China treated the virus in the early days of the virus (which are far from conspiracy theory) tend to contradict the narratives about the virus here in the United States being underreported or “a hoax”.
Then, there is the very boring and inconvenient fact that human error and the nature of those in power tend to explain many of these “suspicious” factors of the pandemic.
We tend to see what we want to see, and oftentimes, stories that we think point to some sort of grand, global conspiracy indicate nothing more than small-scale mismanagement or a general lack of understanding as to how virus are reported when they’re novel.
I’m not an expert, but I also tend to find it more likely that those in power have proven themselves to be more incompetent and desperate to remain in power than they have to be engaged in a highly sophisticated global psychological operation. You might disagree with me, but you have to admit that it is a possibility which can’t be ignored.
It’s very good to remain skeptical and question everything, but too often, we question only the assertions that don’t match up with our own narrative and accept hook, line, and sinker anything which does.
At the end of the day, it’s more important to be watchful and discerning than it is to always know exactly what’s going on, especially because the latter is often impossible when we’re talking about potentially sinister agendas behind a global pandemic.
It’s OK to take in information, chew it over, and file it away. We’ll know much more over the next few months, and we should always remain open-minded to being wrong.
Don’t stop questioning everything...but make sure you really are questioning everything.
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.