When you are confronted by someone you work with who clearly believes all the conspiracy theories out there? Who seems like a nice enough person who is pleasant to be around but then when given the chance, in a one-to-one conversation, spews the most bizarre conspiracies I have ever heard??
This happened to me the other day on my way out of work at the end of my shift. A very nice lady I work with was leaving at the same time and we discovered that we live fairly close to each other, so we decided to walk home together and have a chat. What started out as a lovely walk and conversation turned into the bizarre.
She started the conspiracy talk by asking me if I had been vaccinated yet. My answer was no – not sure where I’d even go and get it at this point but that’s beside the point. She quite emphatically told me NOT to get it – that it’s the way “these people” are trying to kill us. And the vaccine is going to do just that – kill everyone. She then went on about how the governments have no control, and that the world is controlled by some group that is hiding behind the Catholic church. It was all so bizarre I actually stopped listening, but continued to make it seem like I was listening. I was actually a bit frightened at the intensity that she spoke of these things. She truly believed all that she was saying.
If you met this lady at the store, you’d think of her as a nice lady who is always pleasant and doesn’t yell or scream. But hiding behind that pleasant face is something that is, in my eyes, a bit crazy.
I know there are a LOT of people in this world who believe these conspiracy theories and yes some do make a little sense, but most of them don’t. And I don’t really understand why people do believe them. But please don’t push these theories on me and tell me I need to research and look things up because it is true – they are trying to kill us all!
I am pleasant with her still but am keeping my distance. No more walks home with her! Harsh on my part maybe, but I need to feel safe, and that kind of talk does not make me feel safe at all!