Think about the conspiracy theorists in your circle. In mine, every single one comes from a family that's deeply invested in maintaining a false narrative about problems within the family. The problems are things like undiagnosed/untreated mental illness, child abuse(all types) and/or addiction (again, all types.) Growing up in a family that can't face reality seems to prepare people to prefer falsehoods to truth.
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The ones I know (who are friends of friends) are attention seekers, must feel like under achievers because spreading their lies seems to make them feel important, they make veiled threats on FB, and they own guns.
You make a valid point. I’ll add to this that we now have a society wherein whole generations have grown up on the lies of “greed is good” and “the stock market is the economy”, and on and on. The past ten or twenty years it has even become more and more acceptable to lie to get ahead. This has been normalized so why shouldn’t people believe lies if it makes them feel good—or feel bad/angry etc? That dopamine rush is the same whether from heroin or fury.