I believe a lot of people may question what my agenda is. What is my point when I examine and question specific names and policies?
My point is trying to decipher the truth.
Too many people want to be right in their beliefs. I’ve pointed out many times that these are beliefs, just as religious beliefs, which they hold onto with a white knuckle grip, forsaking or intentionally denying and ignoring all evidence which runs contrary to that belief system.
Many people today ascribe some superhuman altruistic motivation to one name or another, be it Trump, Hillary, Bernie or whomever else. Constant claims that this person or that is playing some uber-genius game of 25-D chess which only the initiate can understand. Or more likely that nobody can understand. You just have to have faith in the player.
True leaders do not function in that way. Dishonest leaders with nefarious motives behave in that manner. They hide behind layer after layer of deception and illusion to prevent public knowledge of their true intentions.
A true leader, even if their plans are complex, will state what they intend to do and how they will go about it. This builds public trust. It motivates people when they understand what the ultimate goal is which we are working toward as a society. It allows us to plan, to coordinate, to feel secure.
The worst part about this is that, like a religion, people are fearful of their beliefs being wrong. They cannot face that concept. Millions still believe the US is the good guy. That Trump or Hillary or Bernie are fighting on their side, rather than bowing to the whims and wishes of the rich, the powerful, the parties over people.
There is nothing wrong with being wrong. When the media, their friends, independent media, etc are telling you something/someone is the right choice, after long enough you believe it. What is wrong is when you continue believing in a person or concept even when the evidence is clear that you should at the very least be asking questions.
One thing should be clear from my material. I do not fear being wrong. In many cases, I would love it if I were proven to be wrong. However, that doesn’t happen often because I take my time and examine the facts closely, ask many questions and seek out answers before coming to a decision. When I am wrong, I admit it. Through my life I have been wrong too many times to count. It can be hard to accept, hard to swallow my pride and say publicly that I made a mistake. Sometimes it was a mistake I defended far too tenaciously. Yet I love being around people that are MORE intelligent than myself. People dedicated to truth and solid knowledge. I learn from them and then try and pass that knowledge along to others. Nothing is as valuable as knowledge tempered by ethics.
Yes, it can be difficult knowing what the truth is today. Scientific studies have been shown to be illegitimate and motivated by monetary interests. Leaders we have revered have been shown to have been deceptive or have dark sides we did not know about. The point should not be the worship of certain names or “knowledge”. The point should always be what we have learned from our beliefs. The morals of the stories. Who they led us to become. The revelation of deceptions do not change who we are. Even if a name or theory is completely discredited, our values and morals should remain the same.
It is when we allow our morals and values to be changed for the worse for the sake of our worship that we are truly wrong.
Accepting the fact that the US has done some of the most horrible things imaginable does not mean we should change who we are and deny or ignore that these things are true. It absolutely does not mean that we should accept our nation conducting atrocities.
If we believed in past delusions, we were deceived by fables. If we believe in deceptions against evidence which lead to future atrocities, we are each personally responsible. There is no excuse when the information is there and we refuse to consider it. That makes us true monsters.
During an election season we have the opportunity and indeed responsibility to examine past actions, words and voting records. To question policies and disassemble rhetoric, understand what is a talking point and what is honest, valid policy.
We owe this to ourselves, to our children, to our fellow citizens, to those in other countries. Always remember the butterfly effect. The pull of a lever or mark of a pen in your neighborhood leads to hungry children across town, people losing their home in another city, mass bombing and the thunderous slaughter of millions of human beings in another country.
You can choose to be wrong now or choose to be wrong later. Which would you prefer? Take the time and opportunity to ask the hard questions before dealing with consequences or inflicting those consequences on others.