Fake News In A Real Life
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.” George Orwell
“Why are the missiles called peace keepers, When they’re aimed to kill” Tracy Chapman
With all the ‘fake news’ out there how do we determine what is real? And for that matter does it really matter? Rule number one, don’t trust the United States government.
During the height of the cold war the politicians in Washington were saying “You can’t trust the Soviets”. Unfortunately Washington didn’t bother to look in the mirror and examine their own track record. Out of the over five hundred treaties made with the Native Americans one hundred percent have been broken by the United States government. They have been violated in flagrant violations with malicious intent. We live in a society where we expect politicians to lie to us but we want to trust the government to tell us the truth. I could go on about the Kennedy Assassinations, 911 or knowing about Pearl Harbor before the attack but I will digress.
I know that the news stresses a lot of people out. There are mass shootings, a massive amount of sex scandals, fires in California and whenever it is convenient North Korea pops up. You don’t hear a peep about Yemen which is probably the greatest ongoing crisis where seven million people are subject to famine. But hey you will see some cute animals on the nightly news won’t you?
Trying to discern reality is like trying to keep your head above water in the midst of a stormy sea. Not only is it contradictory but it is confusing. This whole Russia issue effecting the election is a quandary. Besides some trolling on Facebook what did they do? I know that the country called Israel trolls on Facebook but that hasn’t even been mentioned. In fact through AIPAC millions of dollars have been donated to politicians. But again nobody is talking about that certainly not with the same horror as in regards to Russia.
Perhaps what we don’t hear about is almost as important as what we do hear about. We have to understand that almost everybody has an agenda. Even in writing this blog I have an agenda. Fortunately my main goal of helping others is altruistic. But in all honesty I want to promote my Christian faith, share my political views and perhaps sell some of my books in the process. I think in all honesty everybody has ulterior motives and they are important to know when one tries to decipher the jargon to get at the truth.
I recall one time several years ago that I heard the country of Saudi Arabia was bombing Yemen. I doubted my sources so I checked it out and found that it was true. A couple of weeks later I heard on the radio news that some agents of Yemen attempted to assassinate some of the Saudi royalty. There was of course no mention to the bombing. Which brings me to putting things in context.
When I studied with Curtis Stamps about the Bible his main mantra was “A text without a context is a pretext”. That is one must know the complete story before passing judgment. All in all one shouldn’t rush to judgment and they should literally question the truth of everything they hear. That may sound cynical but it is very practical.
In the end there is little you can do to effect the big picture and you have everything to do to effect the small picture. In fact by changing your own microcosm you have made the biggest impact on the macrocosm that you can. The slogan goes “Think globally, act locally”.
I know that the news is a dark cloud that blocks the sunshine of joy. But one must persevere and live their life to the fullest and in that way be a light to others.
Back to my agenda, if you need a distraction I know of a great horror book, that I just happen to wrote. Scarecrow, Scarecrow. https://johnkaniecki.weebly.com/scarecrow-scarecrow.html
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Kaniecki, J. (2017). Fake News In A Real Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/fragments/2017/12/fake-news-in-a-real-life/