A research team led by social psychologist Daniel Sullivan of the University of Kansas reports on four studies that suggest people are “motivated to create and/or perpetually maintain clear enemies to avoid psychological confrontations with an even more threatening chaotic environment.”
A “chaotic environment” is another way of saying that the world is contingent, right? But wouldn’t it be nice if the world was a cosmos and not a chaos? The devil and the Bilderbergers are cleaner targets than confronting the hell mouths of our own responsibility, of chance, and the cross of history: “I shouted out, ‘Who killed the Kennedys?’, when, afterall, it was you and me!”
Telos and conspiracy theories are akin to the longing for romance: like seeking a lover, one looks for a god or conspiratorial enemy with grand purposes “to samba through life with me,” making it feel less pointless, lonely—and contingent.
So nice. That would be so nice.