You can find all sorts of information online.
When you open YouTube to find a simple answer to a simple question, you never know what it could recommend you next.
YouTube doesn’t necessarily try to lead you to content that is an exact copy of what you’re currently watching.
What it tries to do is simply lure you into a potential rabbit hole that will keep you on YouTube for the next 3 hours.
Topics that are recommended to you may indirectly relate to your (past) search queries or the current video you’re watching.
What often happens, is that the platform will offer you content that may come from “crazy town”.
What I mean by that is you may encounter content that may be disturbing, unconventional, or controversial.
This doesn’t mean that the content presented is not true, but it can be “out there” for many viewers.
Many of such posts are considered conspiracy theories.
Nowadays many speak of conspiracy theories regarding the pandemic.
I will be the last to confirm what is true or not true.
This blog is not about what I believe or don’t believe.
I respect everyone’s opinions and to be honest, I can’t confirm if someone is right or wrong.
There is no way for me to check what is factual and what’s not.
Of course, I may have an opinion, but it is just an opinion.
This may be true for me, but I can’t guarantee that it is the ultimate truth.
Openmindedness is key which makes me open to hear about various perspectives people may have.
My preference is to ask questions, why would someone think and say that, why would the person be so certain about what they are saying.
So because I don’t really bother myself to find out what is really true or not, I don’t tend to dwell on such theories.
There are many theories to be found online about all sorts of subjects, but I personally don’t spend a lot of time reading them.
Honestly, trying to find out the truth about me, what I’m about, what my weaknesses and strengths are is a full-time job in and of itself.
For myself there is little time to focus on what others may have said or done, or better, I decide not to spend more time than I’m willing to invest on such matters.
People may come to me and share their passions and interests which may be “conspiracy” theories, but I won’t actively research them.
I know that there is a lot going on that many (including me) don’t know about, but it hasn’t immediate effect on my life.
The reason I don’t talk about what may happen, or that someone is alive, or that some event didn’t happen at all, is that when we do find out the truth, it won’t affect my life so drastically probably.
If the moon landing hasn’t happened after all, well…I will still be living the same life.
If (or when) the outcomes of such theories present themselves I doubt that they will influence my life in any way.
There are exceptions however, there are so many theories about the pandemic regarding where the virus comes from and if vaccines are truly helpful. This is an example of a theory that would definitely impact many lives including mine if they were true.
It’s noble and encouraging that people voice their concerns and don’t just believe what they see and hear on television.
The flip side is you want to be careful that you don’t find yourself in an echo chamber where one theory or opinion is voiced repeatedly.
Stay open-minded, listen to different perspectives, think critically and logically, and make up your own mind.
Just be careful that you don’t spend so much of your precious time convincing others of your truth or that you stay stuck in the pursuit of the real truth.
Whether you are right or wrong, you want to ask yourself if it will really matter in your life.
Ask yourself, isn’t there anything else I should be focusing on that will benefit me and my nearest and dearest so much more?