The World is a Complex Adaptive System Relatively Immune to Conspiracies

Faced with the Conspiracy Theory that Donald Trump is part of a conspiracy to get Hillary Clinton elected I wrote:

The thing about paranoia is that it assumes an almost infantile belief that someone is in control, that there are grown ups conspiring. One thing is clear: there are no grown ups. The world is mostly people doing random acts they think suit their self interest, but are often self defeating kamikaze behavior. based on unawareness and ignorance of the system they are part of.

The world is a complex adaptive system with no one in control and very path dependent subject to small chance events like for instance, the death of Joe Biden’s son. Paranoia is actually a form of seeking comfort in a chaotic world. And when conspiracies are attempted, the law of unintended consequences often makes a mockery of them.

Better in my view to think systemically and collaboratively have some chance of impact. Paranoia also plays to the ego of the masters of the universe like Putin, Trump etc who think they are at the helm of their games, their conspiracies when they are

As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods,
They kill us for their sport.” (King Lear)

That’s my unconspiracy theory anyway. And Trump-Clinton conspiracy: give me a break….


About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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