Conspiracy Theories and Powermongers

Teresa Roberts
4 min readMay 23, 2024

You Can’t Have One Without the Other

Shadowy conspiracy theories work because humans love having access to knowledge that they think most people lack. Things they claim your doctor will never tell you, for example, or your government keeps hidden.

I’ve always suspected that religion has such enormous power over societies for the same reason. Who wouldn’t love to know the secrets of the universe or the answers to those haunting questions that have dogged us for centuries.

You know, questions like where did I come from, why am I here, and where am I going?

Religions give humans detailed answers to these deeply disturbing questions. That’s why they speak with such bold authority about the mysterious hereafter.

But conspiracy theories always go unproven.

That’s their power. They can never become general knowledge because in order to believe these explanations for why things are the way they are, we must remain in the gray area forever. We must be willing to accept that we’ll never be able to prove what we claim to be the answer to a given question.

Once we’re willing to embrace a conspiracy theory of any kind, whether pertaining to government or spiritual matters, the mind is closed off to any other possibilities.

We now have the answer for the wackiest questions in life, which I agree are abundant.

It’s no wonder humans stumble through life, confused and dazed by the continuous onslaught of strange and often lethal situations that they’re confronted with on a regular basis.

However, once we accept the unproven conspiracy theory as a final answer to our daunting questions, we limit our potential to solve problems, which is what life is all about. Contrary to popular opinion in the modern world, the universe is not invested in our happiness. Life for all living creatures is a series of problems that demands our attention in order to survive.

That’s life in a nutshell!

There will always be another problem. Sometimes you will have more than one problem at a time to solve. As soon as you solve a problem, another one will come along to take its place.

Our instincts to survive are strong and most humans get up every day and face their problems. Unfortunately, we also have a tendency to try to solve the problems in the same way over and over again and then wonder why we’re not getting any results.

Belief systems, however, contribute to our slow progress.

Last but not least, there are those among us who are powermongers. Not that we all don’t want a measure of power over our personal lives, but the vast majority of us do not seek to have power over the masses.

Whether it’s in religion, government, or business, there are always those who want to rule, and often these people lack a conscience. They can use conspiracy theories as a form of propaganda to influence the masses in a way that will benefit, you guessed it, the powermonger.

Oh, and they speak with such authority from their pulpits, town halls, podcasts and websites.

Soon they manage to seduce a group of followers eager to find answers to their troubling questions. Powermongers don’t hesitate to provide answers to those who’ve entered their orbit of control. Instead they speak with great authority, appealing to the fear that haunts us all.

Come sit at my feet and learn. I know things that no one else can tell you. And inevitably some people become devoted followers. It’s a predictable human behavior guaranteed to appeal to the shyster.

It seems that no matter how much information we have, and we are certainly living in an age of information that’s unprecedented, our brains tend to latch onto a quick and easy solution, a perceived, guarantee, a way to make sense of our lives.

Our brains are easily influenced because our brains are faulty.

If our brains had been cars, there would’ve been a massive recall years ago because we tend to take the short cut to solutions and answers. Our brain probably assist us in order to be more efficient. Now we know more and have more information at our fingertips and are discovering new things every day about the universe.

Unfortunately, our closed minds are still one of our biggest threats to progress.

Unfortunately, opening our minds to a powermonger is equally dangerous. Our big brains are apt to attach to a charlatin’s need for control. Before we know it, we’re caught up in an endless rant that is never proven but still effects the our world view. Solutions become impossible and new ways of looking at things unlikely.

Sadly, our creative ideas dwindle and the benefits of diversity disappear. We wallow instead in a state of fear mixed with a weird certainty that simply can’t be penetrated with logic.

Following a powermonger by embracing their conspiracy theories leads to nowhere.

Teresa is an author and a professional myth buster. You can find her books on Amazon.



Teresa Roberts

Teresa is an author, world traveler, and professional myth buster. She’s also a top writer on climate change and the future.