Conspiracy theories are comprised of disparate factoids plucked from the ether, filtered through imagination, and polished to seem like reality. When people want answers they turn to these fictions for comfort. It is much easier on the mind to believe James Holmes was a subject of mind-altering neuroscience research than to believe he snapped and decided to kill. In placing blame on something scientific, rather than an internal hemorrhaging of reason and goodness, we distance ourselves from a madman. We are saying, “That could never happen to me or someone I know because I don’t tinker with neuroscience.” Even his closest colleagues didn’t see it coming. It stands to reason that an outside force was at work (neuroscience in this case). The link is there, but fabricated. You must want to believe the connection, because there is no connection – there is no proof.
I’m not saying it’s aliens…
Any occurrence can be traced back to a fabricated reason. Why didn’t your car start this morning? In twenty minutes I could make a case that last night robotic spiders crawled into your engine and drained your battery because they were running low on energy. Oh, you thought those marks on your hood were from hail? Could be, but those marks are almost identical to the marks robotic spiders leave behind. I’m just sayin.’
So now then…
James Holmes gave up peacefully and warned cops about the explosives in his apartment. These facts are being used by some as an example of his “inconsistent behavior.” The truth is, yes, he did display inconsistent behavior – just like every other schizophrenic and sociopath. Those with such afflictions act erratic and without cause.
Sometimes “experts” occasionally come along with an explanation. Like this knucklehead:
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Here’s why this doesn’t make sense:
1. Holmes went into the theatre.
2. He left the theatre via an exit door that led directly to the outside where his car was parked.
3. He propped open the door.
4. He put on his body armor and collected his weapons.
5. He came back in to a dark theatre.
6. He tossed tear gas into the dark theatre.
7. He began shooting.
Consider: people aren’t expecting something like this to occur in a movie theatre. Couple that with a lack of security behind the complex. The element of surprise likely played a large part in James Holmes’ rampage. It has nothing to do with military training; it has to do with common sense being used for malice.
Conspiracy theorists often accuse the masses of “having the wool pulled over our eyes.” The wool, however, is over the eyes of the conspiracy theorist. It is a mixture of paranoia, stupidity, and narcissism. It makes the truth hard to see. This is why creating and believing in conspiracy is damaging and irresponsible. It is self-serving schlock and a dodge away from reality. It robs people of their time to mourn properly. It diminishes reason and perspective and keeps us, as a society, from finding closure to tragedy.