We live in a unique time. We live in the internet age. Now, more than ever before in known history, anyone who is literate and has access to the internet can check, double check and triple check reports, news and information that they are receiving, Now, more than ever before, ignorance has become a choice.
ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTELLIGENT, HONEST AND ARE INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING WHAT IS TRUE
1. Learn how to use an internet search engine wisely. 2. Make searches to find alternative explanations to what you are hearing/reading/being told. 3. Be open to the possibility that what you are reading/hearing might be skewed, or deliberately misleading, or delusional speculation, or... etc., etc. 4. See and check if what you already intuitively feel is correct could be wrong. 5. Be open to the possibility that you have already been deceived and are now believing narratives that are false/flawed/only partially true. 6. Understand that we will never be able to completely understand anything. We are only capable of partial understanding. So cultivate some awareness of your own limitations and don’t become dogmatic and fixed in your beliefs. 7. Cultivate comprehension of our shared human nature and individual + societal frailties. ________
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” ― Carl Sagan, The demon-haunted world: Science as a candle in the dark
“Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication, and courage. But if we don't practice these tough habits of thought, we cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us --- and we risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan who comes along.” ― Carl Sagan
It is obvious that Israel can either be a Jewish or a Democratic state. It cannot be both. If one ethnicity must always be in the majority, then it is inevitable that the state will take on the character of an ethno-supremacist nature.
Where else in the world would you have government approved demonstrations chanting ‘Death to the Arabs’. This takes place each year on the Jerusalem Day march. The video of the 15th June demonstration this year showed that when Palestinians objected to a settler mob chanting this they were the ones harassed by the Police.
Imagine that there was an Arab demonstration (which of course would not be allowed) in Israel chanting ‘Death to the Jews’. News would travel far and wide. It would be shown [around the world on national TV].
. “Art, leisure, traditional culture are swept away when a country is Americanised. Long hours, low wages, economic enslavement to the foreigner, take their place. The political government, which is unimportant, is left to [the local population]; [but] the real government is in the hands of American banks.”
— Bertrand Russell, Bertrand Russell's America: his transatlantic travels and writings. A documented account, Volume One 1896-1945, Part II, Is America becoming imperialistic? (1925), p.213
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“...people quickly come to regard as their own personal property that which they have learned and had passed on to them at the universities and academies. If someone else comes along with new ideas that contradict the Credo and in fact even threaten to overturn it, then all passions are raised against this threat and no method is left untried to suppress it. People resist it in every way possible way pretending not to have heard about it, or speaking disparagingly of it as if it were not even worth the effort of looking into the matter.
And so a new truth can have a long wait before finally being accepted.”
Last Edit: Dec 19, 2021 11:01:09 GMT by been_there