Why I hate the Tengu theory
The title of this thread might be a little misleading, as I don't really hate the Tengu theory. I enjoyed reading it, I admit that I got a kick out of doing so, and I am impressed by the thought and work putting into it. But I`m an impatient guy, and the fact that so many people takes that theory for granted and are quoting it as facts really gets to me.
For those of you who haven't read it, this is the theory I`m talking about. A good read indeed. http://forums.narutofan.com/showthread.php?t=106576
I want to start by reminding you all about how something that has to be shared to the society as belief, but has absolutely no arguments that makes sense to back it up, is spreading among the people. Let's look at religion. A Christian missionary travels to Scandinavia where everyone is practicing the worship of the Aesir. The missionary tries to convince them that Christianity makes more sense than their giant killing viking gods, but they (as they are theory bashers) laughs in his face and kills him. More missionaries are killed off by the theory basher vikings because there is no way that the Christians can convince them that their religion is the right one. "The book said it" isn't a valid argument in the eyes of the Aesir worshippers. So the missionaries takes a new initiative and kills the theory basher vikings, destroys their rune stones and all their indications of being followers of another religion than Christianity and then forces everyone to forget that the Aesir believes ever existed. Suddenly "The book said it" was a pretty convincing argument in the ears of the vikings.
My point is that with effective methods, a theory with no arguments to back it up can be spread as fact, hence religion all over the world. But the Tengu theory is a theory based purely on argument and seemingly hard to come up with. But the fact is that it's not. Has someone read the Da Vinci Code?
The Da Vinci Code takes Christianity and combines it with historical fiction. The writer has done months of research just to come up with a theory that is hard to break and easy to accept. Dan Brown (the writer of the story) has reminded people that his novel is a fictional work, but despite the author's statements, there arose speculation about whether or not this was the truth. Believers started groups and religions discussed this in their meetings to avoid confusion among it's followers. Saying that the novel was simply theory, didn't avoid the hot debates.
The Tengu theory is a Da Vinci Code theory. It uses made-up arguments in a way to make the reader accept it as fact. Just a detail on a painting by Da Vinci that didn't have any thought behind it was used to back one idea up, while a hair cut or a symbol in the background of an image in Naruto that didn't have any thought behind it was used to back one idea up. If someone has the time to do the research necessary to find details in history (Da Vinci Code) or a comic (Tengu theory), then anyone with some intelligence and way of argumentation can tweak those details into solid arguments to share his theory to others.
But what it all comes down to, killing of theory bashers like the Christians did, or making a dot into a universe like Dan Brown did, all the people that claims the theory to be the Great Truth and keeps sharing the methods to convince people about it (or the made-up arguments behind it), it all comes down to stupidity. Some people (and this is psychology, not just me being ignorant) are less educated than others, have less IQ then others, more easy to accept things without proof behind it than others, etc. Those people are embracing those theories like religion, and spreading their Great Truth to the society by any means necessary.
If the Tengu theory isn't brilliant in theory, at least the writer of it is brilliant for making the community embracing it as a fact and use any means necessary to spread it to the rest of the community.