I have a acquaintance that I met thorough work - nice guy, a little ADHD, but nice. I don't think he's very educated, but I had always thought of him as at least average intelligence. He seems to have a lot of drive and ambition, some great ideas and follow-through.
We were chatting one day and, though I can't remember how, the conversation turned to various conspiracies... It started rather tame; the media (social media/internet included) only feed us what they want us to know, that large agencies dictate what should be offered for 'public consumption'. At this point, on a certain level, a agreed. But then it turned to the Apollo missions and Moon Landings, 911, JFK, whatever. He does a lot of online reading and seems to believe all of these conspiracies, that the 'truth' can be found on the internet.
The kicker was when he told me that the Earth was really Flat.
I was speechless. I tried to bring up the fact that we have photographic proof that the world is not flat, but he seemed to firmly believe that NASA was basically a 'Conspiracy Machine' who's only purpose is to fool the earth's population and guard the giant 'Ice Walls' at the edge of the Flat Earth. Governments, Space Agencies and Private Companies are all in on the lies that we've been fed by media and backed up by science - all in on the lies.
I've tried not to let that day's conversations influence my dealings with this guy, but now I question everything he says, I question his judgment and sanity...
I'm not sure I can, or should, get past this. I have NO idea how to deal with this. I can't really ignore it.