Yesterday I drove all the way back from Gainesville with the roof open and the windows down, so I'm doubly grateful for the brief respite from oppression. The weather-people promise 91 degrees and high humidity again tomorrow. Ho hum...
Shuttered eyes, closed minds and filtered media:
It occurs to me that many of us try to arrange the world of news and ideas the same way that we manage our physical environment. Tightly shuttered windows, closed doors and predetermined ambient temperatures for our houses... and then similarly engineered, sealed shut, and "contaminate free" exposure to the world of ideas. Shuttered eyes, closed minds and filtered media...
We select narrowly focused information to fit neatly with conclusions we have already decided are true or acceptable or comfortable. A huge number of Americans launder their awareness of the world via pre-conclusive and prejudicial commentary to the extent that they listen to, read, circulate, and talk - exclusively - about a set of neatly cloned ideologies they did not even reason their way to themeslves. Over time, and the more they repeat the process, even patently fabricated theories and assumptions and widely circulated myths soon morph into "fact".
There's nothing wrong with opinion so long as it is understood as opinion. But there's a lot wrong with the dissemination of untruths under the guise of fact.
BUT - and this is hugely important - lies only gain traction with the cooperation of the hundreds of thousands of people who pass them on as "fact" simply because they support the point of view to which they already subscribe.
Jesus said a lot about freedom and he said a lot about truth. In one telling moment he brought the two together when he said the following. "The truth is going to set you free." Here's the thing: people who push lies on the American people are not lovers of freedom. People who pass on lies are working against freedom.
- Every deception and lie that is passed on, and advertised as fact, becomes a blow to the ideals this nation was founded on and is sustained by.
Veritas super omnia - DEREK