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A cab ride of conspiracy theories

Sunday evening, returning to my temporary digs in Chicago via cab from Midway, my cab driver who had seemed friendly and non-threatening started in on his world view which includes these beliefs:

  • The government is doing mind control through the cell phone towers and the contrails airplanes leave behind when they fly in the sky.
  • Everyone lies, he told me, in the government and the media, so he stopped watching television 20 years ago.

He started driving in what appeared to be circles getting closer to my neighborhood and as he circled, he revved up and went on and on, adding more theories.

I was getting a bit panicky. So I finally said: “You seem to be lost. My brother-in-law who lives here is a police officer. Do you want me to call him for directions?”

I was in front of my loft within five minutes. I lied, dear reader. My brother-in-law is a retired professor, not a cop. So really, I reinforced his belief that everyone lies.

What would you have done?

(S-R archives photo from the movie “Taxi”)


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