Why Do Adults Believe In Fairy Tales?

What do the following all have in common:
Global warming.
The Boston Marathon terrorist bombing.
The Sandy Hook shooting.
An epidemic of rape and sexual assault on college campuses.
The legitimacy of aka Obama’s birth certificate and presidency.
The solvency of the US economy and the authority of the Federal Reserve.
The theory of evolution.
Answer: they are all fairy tales. Fairy tales concocted by elements of our own government and perpetuated with the full cooperation of mainstream media.
There is no global warming. If anything, we have a mild case of global cooling.
There was no terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon.
There was no school shooting at Sandy Hook.
There is no epidemic of rape on college campuses.
Aka Obama’s birth certificate is a proven fraud and he has no legitimacy to the office he holds.
The US economy is tanking by the minute and the Federal Reserve, which is neither federal, nor holds any reserves, does not have the authority to print currency.
The theory of evolution is just that – a theory. There is no evidence to support it, and if it really were true, we would have a fossil record showing distinct evolutionary changes from one species to the next. Such a fossil record does not exist.
And yet, if you stopped 100 random Americans on the street and asked them about the above topics, I’m willing to bet that over 95% of them would say that they believe the official stories regarding these same topics. Why is that?
Why do adults believe in lies, false evidence, and fairy tales?
I have several theories. The first is the power of criticism. It’s said that the number one fear most people have is the fear of public speaking. What that fear really indicates is a fear of public criticism. A fear of being laughed at, particularly on a public stage. Today we are told that anything outside of the “official” story on any topic is delusional thinking. Those who dare to question the official story, as presented by the government and mainstream media, are labeled “conspiracy theorists.”
The term “conspiracy theory” seems to have sprung into being just after the JFK assassination in order to label anyone who questioned the official narrative of that event. Today, there are very few thinking Americans who believe in the “lone gunman” explanation of JFK’s murder. The only ones who do believe in the “lone gunman” theory are those who have never taken the time to study any of the evidence.
Thus, fear of ridicule, of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist,” seems to be at the root of why most Americans believe in fairy tales and lies. They either know the truth, but deny it, or they simply refuse to look at available evidence, because their fear of being criticized is stronger than their desire to embrace reality.
I believe another reason why people choose to believe in fairy tales and lies, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is because it provides them with an excuse for cowardice. Think about it. If you choose to deny reality, your life is simple. You can go through life eating bad food, watching bed television, and believing everything the mainstream media tells you. Plus you save a ton of time by not educating yourself.
On the other hand, if you choose to learn the truth about the world, and suddenly come face-to-face with the enormous level of deceit, treachery and evil that such a study reveals, now you have a responsibility to do something about it. You can’t just bury your head in the sand. You can’t pretend any longer that the truth doesn’t exist. You now have a duty, both to God and to country, to act on what you know. And that is just too damn frightening for most Americans.
I think most men fall into the second reason for believing in fairy tales, and most women fall into the first. Being called a coward is one of the most insulting things a man can face. Most men will do anything to avoid it. That’s why they deny reality, to relieve themselves of whatever responsibility the truth would require of them. They no longer have to act on what they know, because they choose not to know it. Out of sight, out of mind.
Women seem to fear criticism more than men. (If you doubt this, ask yourself why most women are overly concerned with fashion and style.) For that reason, they tend to deny reality primarily for fear of seeming out of place and different. You can include in this group the gatekeepers of the right, those conservative talk show hosts and leaders who tow the party line on every topic, and refuse to even allow any discussion of the topics above.
In either case, the result is the same. Adults believing in fairy tales.

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Army Vet (@ArmyVet4444)

I’m with you on all of them EXCEPT “The theory of evolution.” You make the statement (as though it were a fact) that “there is no evidence” because there “are no fossils” to back the theory up. For over 3 decades this was an accepted theory of how life was developing because it explained so much of what scientist were seeing in nature (including fossils), but there were “gaps” and other problems with it. Now, we know better. Darwinism, IS indeed a valid theory, and a lot of nature fits (both today, and in history), but we have found that… Read more »

Steven Broiles

EXCELLENT POST! You know, it’s funny: Life really kicked my butt by the age of forty, when I saw a career go down in flames. (And although others were happy to assist me, I fell on my own sword!) So going from teaching to cab driving has been a humbling—let’s just say “right-sizing” experience. Long story short: I am very happy to be in middle age. When I was young I thought I knew it all. I was just the boy in the bubble. It’s like I lived my life backwards! Now I’m really learning important things that really matter.… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

Very good post. Again, my only question would be regarding “Evolution.” I believe with all my heart that the Creator, did indeed create Adam and Eve to populate this earth. In some ways I don’t take a hard line on their being evolution in other species of life. I don’t know exactly how God went about creating this earth or the things that make up the earth. I rather doubt that it happened in 6 of our days (a day meaning 24 hours.) A day with God, I believe to be far longer than the 24 hour period we recognize… Read more »


Its true that evil walks across the world in its guise. One must change himself if he wants to change the world


If there’s “free stuff” in for them, some will…


Because all the above is what makes up the Democratic land of Oz.


Great article, Mike. It seems the first thing we need to do some days is take a shower to wash off all the pixie dust we hear in the media. Your theories of what causes people to ignore obvious truth are very interesting, and I believe correct.

Dr. Eowyn

Excellent analysis, Mike! You’ve identified one of the main reasons why seemingly intelligent people believe in the political fairy tales of our time: Fear of criticism, which is also a form of fear of being ostracized by their peer group. And so they just go with the prevailing prejudices. At the bottom of those fears is a simple lack of COURAGE, one of the most important but also most lacking virtues. All of which explains why Conservatives are better informed (because we have to rebut the prevailing liberal group-think) and also more principled (because we don’t “go with the flow”).… Read more »


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Thank you, that is what I thought, no anwsers… good day to you!