Dthen wrote:My mother has become a bit of a conspiracy theorist over the last few years. I try to ignore/avoid it, but I still reside with my parents & find it difficult to avoid her ramblings/ranting.
This must be so difficult.
I am sorry you are having to live though this.
It is one thing to encounter conspiracy theorists out in the world.
It is a very different thing to have that inside your home.
What is that like? Poor you. Poor your mom.
Is it like being two very different Religions?
What does she want you to do about any of it? Anything?
Ranting on and on with no action. That is hard. I know that is hard.
What can you do to be safer and happier at home?
You have different Religions.
She believes one set of truths frame reality.
You believe a different set of truths frame reality.
Can you beg for mercy?
"Mom; I am too sensitive to hear such frightening things. If I can do something to help, I will. If I can not help, please, don't tell me. It frightens me. I have to study, work, live a life. When you tell me, I worry. I can not live well if I am worried about things I can have no effect on."
Would that work?
People feel ill at ease. For many reasons, people feel ill at ease.
We are human. We attempt to explain the world. We are a smart animal.
Look at the complex systems we can understand. Electron transport systems. AminoAcid to DNA. Subway Maps.
The entire world is at War. Your Mom wants to understand and she can't. She has been given no tools or the wrong tools.
I think you should be nice. I also think you should be firm.
You may be harmed by the fear and complex theories.
Confess sensitivity. Confess to being of a different faith, maybe. That may not go over well.
Sensitivity may work well. To restrict your conversations to subjects you Can know and Can effect might help.
It will take great self control on your part. Paper and pens are gifts from the Gods. Use them.
I am moved by how difficult that must be. That is not only your mother, she is inside your home. Poor you.
If all else fails you can tell her You want to do something about it.
What branch of what military does she want you to join.
Of course, she will want to go along.
Every Boy Scout Troop needs a Den Mother or fifty.
You don't want to talk about Conspiracy Theories?
I do! This subject has been on my mind.
What do you think is a Conspiracy?
My Mom. What a freak-a-doodle.
She had weird shit she liked to do.
She made Candy. I watched. I touched.
Boiling sugar is Hot!
Some people are not offended by the same answer over and over.
We can learn almost anything.
My Mother made Candy.
Water Boils at a much cooler temperature than sugar does.
The numbers are important; If you have a thermometer.
I was offended at the number 212 degrees.
It is such an important number.
What is it doing is such a weird place?!
I learned it. Then; When I was told water boils at 100 C.
I was relieved. I was happy. Somewhere people were Not Nuts.
When my Mother told me, "Water Boils at 212 F."
I did not believe her.
With technical stuff she was often wrong.
Why should I believe her about degrees F.?
Was it a Conspiracy? The Others had Sane numbers.
We have crazy numbers. Why?!
For years I believed it was, Because; We Speak English.
To use Celsius is like using Mandarin. It is a different language.
Sure is a Saner system. But, We speak English. **Fahrenheit! All The Way!**
After a fucking Life Time, I sort of, have a feel for Fahrenheit.
Is Fahrenheit a Conspiracy? Sort of. If we quit believing in in tomorrow;
Water will still boil when it gets damn well ready and not one moment sooner.
Are those Terrorist, Communist, RedNeck Bastards Real?
How about those Orange Men? Have you ever seen one in person?
We create the world around us. We use ideas about what was, what is and what will be.
People will willingly die for an Idea.
Not me! You keep your ideas, I will keep mine.
Do not let the idea of the World being at War bother you.
It might be true. What does that have to do with you?
Lunch plans? Will The War interrupt your Lunch Plans?
You could meet with your Mother and create a Plan of Attack.
What will you destroy first? The dishes are a good place to start.
Your Mother. My Mother.
I had a mother, too.
People often Complain about their Mothers.
I was with a group of professionals.
Most were complaining about their mothers.
It is a form of Entertainment and it helps people learn to be themselves.
Pushing against our Mothers somehow help us to create us.
Not everyone needs to do that.
Maybe there is some likely hood of people being Medical Officers and having Crazy or Sick Moms.
People with normal moms become CEO's, Realestate Agents, Donny Trumps wife.
The rest of us study Medicine. Why? ech.
What is more interesting than us? We are Humans Beings!
To study Medicine is a kind of Narcissism
Fascinated with ourselves; Aren't we?
Look! My toes wiggle. Do your toes wiggle?
Look! I can walk. Can you walk?
I Know! I know! Tandem Gate! yea!
Ech. I thought the entire creature was interesting.
Better than cows. I swear. Better and .........
I talk to people, sometimes...
It seem everyone is living Conspiracy to Conspiracy.
We must. We are Humans.
The best conspiracy I have ever heard was said by a Man.
He said, "I think they are conspiring to make me Happy."
I sure hope he was right.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.