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This last weekend I encountered my grandmother's conspiracy theory once again. This time it came from some of my co-workers, from some folks younger than myself. I was a bit taken back by it. I thought it was just a generational thing. I didn't realise that younger people would subscribe to this conspiracy theory as well, and shockingly, it seems to be in fairly large numbers.
What was their rationale? Well, in their words, they simply said that there was no way we could have the technology in 1969 to send men to the moon. Maybe today, the argued, but not back then. Of course, I mentioned all of the pictures, videos, etc. To which I was rebuffed with the same arguments I heard from my grandmother. It was all a hoax, a massive conspiracy, a product of the Cold War.
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This caused me to wonder why such conspiracy theories persist today. I can understand my grandmother's generation. It all just seemed too fantastic to many of them. But what about my generation? How can such conspiracy theories persists among people who don't have the same excuse? After pondering this for some time, I've come to the decision that it really is the government's fault. Why? We live under a government that persistently lies to us all of the time. It's a constant thing from politicians to bureaucrats. People just don't know what to believe any more. So in some cases, they just choose not to believe anything. They adopt the view that if it sounds too fantastic, it's probably not true. Honestly, who can blame them? I think it's sad really, that we have finally reached this point in history. The greatest scientific achievement of the human race is now dismissed by a growing number of Americans as a fabrication. Will the moon landings one day be forgotten to the American mind? Will future generations simply dismiss that whole epic of history as mere propaganda? I hope not, but I think it's a sad commentary on just how incredibly corrupt our government has become, and what that kind of corruption does to the attitudes of our people.
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