The Truth and How we lie to ourselves
"All the news that's fit to print" has become all the news we want you to know. Unfortunately most people still watch and accept what they are spoonfed from the television (tell a vision?) as truth. Is it? When you realize that media is in the hands of very few people and that several if not all of them have come out and said in public that they are not exactly friends of humanity,(I am paraphrasing here but that is the basic theme.) it begs the question of why? Why do people still watch the charades? I used to think it was because they did not know that it was a lie. But I am not so sure anymore. I think at some level people know the truth about a lot of things but they don't want to have to do anything about it.
When you know the truth
I used to be one of those naiIve people who thought that people would want to know the truth. They just hadn't heard or seen it yet. I thought that if I knew it I had a responsibility to tell others. Now, I am not talking about perception. I'm talking about a universal truth and yes, despite the doctrine of relativism that is promulgated so widely these days, there is such a thing as truth.
As I said I was naive. And naivite has its own punishment - I have been shunned, blackballed from social circles and from promotions and prevented from getting to a number of places, I had wanted to go. Perhaps in retrospect they did me a favour. I am not complaining, just making a statement.
Putting the truth out there
I still believe that it is important to put the truth out there. But I now see the reason that all great teachers (and don't think me enough of an egomaniac to rank myself with these people by the way) have told the truth through stories. It is more palatable for those who do not want to listen that way. That is the reason I write.
One approach to confronting the lies
Now when I see that I am in a conversation where something is touched on that could lead to a discussion of truth or some other important constant of the universe, I step gingerly onto the thin ice, as it were, and if it begins to crack, I back off. I am not going to try and argue the other person out of their carefully constructed social paradigm. What do I know about their shaky foundations or their fragile stability? It is not my business to either judge or educate them.
Human educate thyself!
My writings and those of many, many others are out there and those people can find and read them and educate themselves, as I did. It is their responsibility to grow into true adulthood, not just the living of some number of roles (I am a sister, mother, parent, employee, etc.). True adulthood means you accept the full truth of who you are - with your good and bad qualities, and take responsibility for your own life and happiness. It means that you don't stay emotionally dependent on others for everything you need. It is not someone else's job to look after your health, wealth, social life, partnership, spirituality, or emotional development. It is your job.
It's time to wake up and grow up!
For too long humanity in the Western World has been on a long, slow slide into dependency, it is time to start climbing back out. Our ancestors were brave and perhaps desperate people, who came to a new land and fought it out to survive and raise families. They would be ashamed to see how easily we abdicate their heritage to us. All of the rights they gained we are willing to barter away for ...what? Safety? There is no such thing. Even if all the airlines in the world were completely safe, people have choked on their own vomit or drowned in a 2 inch pool of water. Death is a certainty.
Confront the truth of your life (and death)
We will all die! That fact somehow eludes people in Western society
From the moment you are born, you are in the process of living and that living in the end will result in death. We are hesitant to embrace that fact because we have been taught (and largely believe) that we are our bodies. That is not a truth. The truth is (and there is much evidence for this) that we are spirits which are in bodies and whereas the spirit lives on, the body at some point dies. It is a natural process like the caterpillar and the crysalis that creates the butterfly. Of course if we realized that we survived death, no Church could sell you on the idea of their dogma and that you must do x, y, or z to get into heaven because you are going there anyway.
Curing people's insanity: Shades of Avatar
So faced with the fact that most people would rather do anything, no matter how absurd to avoid facing their own issues or the truth in general, I just smile and let them be right.
I will occasionally take issue with their insanity of course.
Simply because craziness is so infectious, I may take issue with it but I will not argue.
How to argue your point without arguing: Apply logic twice daily or more.
Let me give you an example of insanity and how I deal with it. The other day someone blurted out that "These unvaccinated people are a threat to me because I have had the vaccine." Immediately my crazy alert meter hit the danger mark. To confront or not to?
So I smiled and said, "Time out! Can I just check on something here? I thought I heard you say that you just got vaccinated. Is that right?"
The person answered in the affirmative.
"So you must believe that the vaccine works, is that correct?
Again the answer was yes.
"So if the vaccine works, how can other unvaccinated people be a threat?|
This time there was no answer. for a few minutes. Then the person replied"Oh, I guess that doesn't make much sense, does it?"
"Not really." I answered.
"So I guess if I'm vaccinated, I don't need to worry about anyone else being vaccinated, do I? Because it doesn't matter. Except maybe for them."
"Exactly." I said. Yeah! That person actually thought for a minute and figured out something! One down and untold billions to go!
Many people simply accept what the television or other media or other people say without even thinking it through
Here is part of the deception: Adolf Hitler said: If you tell a lie, loud enough, long enough and often enough people will believe it". Hitler was an evil man but he was not stupid. We as a species, are easily inculcated. And we rarely re-examine our core beliefs once they are formed. Yet this is vital to our continued growth! You can live without food for over a month but not without water. I would submit that thinking is as essential to humans as water is. More than a few days without thinking, really thinking, and human beings begin to die. They die a slow, lingering death, the symptoms of which are depression, despair and suicidal or escapist tendencies.
I think therefore I am
It is your responsibility to make sure that you do not take on someone else's notions as yours without thoroughly examining them. You need to think things through and decide what works for you personally. This is not a cookie=cutter world, despite what those in power would have you believe. We are unique and therefore we all need a different solution.
So when I see that someone doesn't want to know the truth (even though they are really quite aware of it at a certain level) I usually will leave them to their fate. I just wonder when they will actually figure it out. Instead of arguing, I usually mentally wish them "Good Luck! Let me know how that is working for you, or not." and I go on writing my truth-fables. I do it to get the truth out, I do it to try to help and because arguing with someone with a limited perspective is crazy.
Sanity and craziness
I prefer to hold up the light and let them do the looking if they are willing. I know that being sane in an inane/insane world is not easy but it is a whole lot better than being part of the general insanity.