Radicalized

I was on Facebook and one of my former friends posted something about Chem Trails. Since she is always current with the latest conspiracy theories, I thought, “what is this latest crazy trend about?” The answer made me sad.

The chemtrail conspiracy theory posits the erroneous[1] belief that long-lasting condensation trails are “chemtrails” consisting of chemical or biological agents left in the sky by high-flying aircraft, sprayed for nefarious purposes undisclosed to the general public.[2] Believers in this conspiracy theory say that while normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, contrails that linger must contain additional substances.[3][4] Those who subscribe to the theory speculate that the purpose of the chemical release may be solar radiation management,[3]weather modification, psychological manipulation, human population control, biological or chemical warfare, or testing of biological or chemical agents on a population, and that the trails are causing respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Wikipedia

This woman is very intelligent and college-educated. She and her husband are so off the deep end that I doubt they will ever return to anything mainstream. They are now openly racist, QAnon followers and more. It breaks my heart.

I saw it coming years ago when I was still married. We would always hang out and have great Sunday pool parties. They were wonderful to my kids and we adore their beautiful daughters. She was kind when my mother died. But the evil was creeping in.

The husband would have one cocktail too many and expound on the dangers of liberals, POC, gays, etc. Oftentimes, he could be easily quieted. Then came the day, years before Trump,when he wouldn’t shut up. I asked him, in a jovial way, to change the subject. Then I asked more firmly. Then, after he was shouting and slamming his hand on the table and calling our president the N word, I was done. “Enough!” I yelled in return. I glared at my family and said,”Get your things. We are leaving NOW.” Even my Ex did not dare to argue with me. I packed everyone in the car and we went home. Things were never the same.

Their daughters seem to have followed the same path. I had hopes that the oldest, who was always putting some distance from her parents, would stay in the mainstream. One post from her husband makes it appear that this is not the case.

Listen, I am all for a diversity of thought and respectful debate. I am not for crazy bullshit people dredge up from social media that has not been vetted and fact-checked. I am not for crazy wackos who managed to get an advanced degree so they can spout unsubstantiated theories without any facts or science based evidence.

Agree to disagree with me. I am fine with that. When HWINL and I were living together, we are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. I still encouraged him not only to register to vote, but also vote, which he did. Did we agree on politics? Usually no, but we could talk about the issues for the most part. He was getting radicalized also towards the end. He was politicizing mask wearing among other issues.

I know people disparage journalists, but journalists are our Watchdog. The good ones truly believe they have a duty to get the facts right. Are they perfect? Absolutely not – they are humans with their own agenda and bias, but it’s what we got. At least they have a code of ethics, editors and fact checkers. And when all else fails, libel and defamation laws.

Seek truth, from verifiable sources, please. Be kind to others. Listen to others with an open mind and heart. And there you have my public service announcement for today. Peace to you all.

Photo by Vasilios Muselimis on Unsplash

Published by birdiehope

A smart, funny quasi-introvert who loves a festival.

6 thoughts on “Radicalized

      1. I hope we grow up as a society 🥸 – I have little faith in individuals. 🤨 I always say it goes back to teaching subjects like logic and civics in schools.

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