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    pursue our anxieties

    A New York Times article explains it is "human nature" to pursue our anxieties.

    Isn't it an odd collocation? We usually pursue our dream. How can we pursue our anxieties? Is it natural?

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    Re: pursue our anxieties

    Could you provide the link? Maybe some context would help.
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    Re: pursue our anxieties

    American conspiracy scholarly Timothy Melley said:" The recent surge in conspiracy narratives... cannot be explained as a response to some particular political issue, social organization or historical event."
    He cited, for example, Watergate, the Kennedy assassination, and the Cold War.
    Melley said that the suspicions stem from a belief that common people have no power.
    "It's a feeling that individuals cannot effect meaningful social actions," said Melley.
    Conspiracy theories generally arise from groups which have a strong distrust of authority figures and speculate that those in power have hidden motives.
    A New York Times article explains it is "human nature" to pursue our anxieties.
    Now the advent of the Internet and society's thirst for information has allowed conspiracy theories to spread wider and faster.
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    Re: pursue our anxieties

    I guess it has to do with "pursue your dreams", so that they become true. Similarly, people, especially conspiracy paranoids, pursue their anxieties so that they become true, or else look for a new conspiracy theory to pursue. They find so many that, statistically, at least one form time to time becomes true.
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    Re: pursue our anxieties

    I would say that it means that if we have an anxiety, we actually (consciously or otherwise) seek out experiences and events which back up our anxieties. So for example, if you are worried that the government is actually responsible for major disasters, you might well seek out books and films which back up your belief. No-one likes to believe that something like that could be true so it is, in effect, an anxiety.
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