I have never understood why some people are so enamored with conspiracy theories. I understand that some of these theories are quite interesting, but I have never seen the value of believing or even following these notions. My basic stance on conspiracy theories is that they are useless to anybody that is not directly effected by the event to which they pertain. Conspiracy theorists general bury themselves in the issues they feel are being covered up, and they ignore any other opinions on an event or idea. I know that these individuals fully believe they are correct on a situation, but it is unhealthy to continue to push an issue that most people just don’t care about. Most conspiracy theories are ignored by many because they solve nothing, if a conspiracy is proved to be true, it leads to many questions but never a solution. Conspiracies have been around almost as long as civilization, and while some have been proven true, the number of proven conspiracies pales in comparison to those that are still up in the air. I have never fully jumped on the bandwagon of any conspiracy, and while I have heard of some that seem plausible, I understand that a conspiracy will never lead to any type of positive change or solution. I will continue to respect those who believe these ideas, but as for me, I will stick to getting my news from the hilariously unreliable news media.
The bystander effect is a social phenomena in which an individual is less likely to help a person in need when others are around. The bystander effect is believed to be driven by the thought that somebody else will handle the situation, a thought process that has lead to some deadly results in the past. No matter how potentially threatening a situation, and no matter how heroic an individual is, there will be a time when everybody succumbs to this behavior. I don’t think a person can be labeled as a bad person by not acting on a situation, or by not calling for help, but I believe the main reason the bystander effect happens is because of the possibility that a potential hero could be wrong. I have personally witnessed some situations that seemed more serious than they actually were, such as play fighting, and for the most part my first action is to observe the event rather than to intervene, or call for help. The bystander effect is basically 10 people taking the same stance on a situation and expecting another to call rather than to be labeled as a boy crying wolf. Public agencies have been running ad campaigns in an effort to quell the fire that is the bystander effect, but I think they need to first address the fact that there is no penalty for “overreacting,” so people should not fear any consequences. Nobody wants to call the authorities just to be told they are wrong about a situation, but if they can comprehend that they don’t need to fully understand a situation before calling for help, then many of the tragedies tied to the bystander effect will easily be averted.