June 21. 2018
What people believe prevails over the truth.
I am discouraged by the excessive use of innuendo, slurs and falsehoods in today’s communications. We are inundated with negative pollical ads that seldom are based on the facts. Today’s information sources propagate rumor, falsehoods and outrageous fabrications that are repeated without regard to their accuracy. It seems like truth is no longer important if the lie supports one’s beliefs. The ends do not justify the means if the means are false.
The Nazis believed that if you told a lie often enough people would believe the lie to be true. Unfortunately, it seems like that is what is happening to far too many folks as they take rumor as gospel without regard to source or accuracy. Democracy is dependent on an enlightened electorate and will fail if the public responds to the siren song of the propogandists.
I may have shared the following story with you before, if I did I think it is worth repeating.
The Triple-Filter Test
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”
“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”
“Umm, no, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”
Proof is boring. Proof is tiresome. Proof is an irrelevance. People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes.
Classic Tower Conversations
“Air Force ’45, it appears your engine has…oh, disregard…I see you’ve already ejected.”
“About three miles ahead, you’ve got traffic 12 o’clock, five miles.” If you hear me, traffic no longer a factor.”
“Climb like your life depends on it…because it does.”
This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
After watching his mother change the diaper on his newborn sister, a three year old boy voices his concern that she seems to be missing some parts.
So in terms the mother thought he would understand, she explains to her son the difference between boys and girls. Then to make sure he understood what she said, she asks him,
“Okay son, now what do you have that your new baby sister doesn’t?”
Smiling broadly, the boy proudly says, “Teeth!”
Those who want much, are always much in need.
A friend and I were shopping for dresses for her three-year-old girls to wear to a wedding. In the store, another girl staring intently at Sarah and Becky asked, “Are those girls twins?”
“Actually they’re triplets,” I explained. “They have a brother at home.”
“Wow,” she replied. “They sure look like twins to me.”
We were driving our three-year-old son to his Grandma’s home when we stopped at a store. Once inside, our son decided he wanted one of those large gumballs.
I told him he couldn’t have one, and he began to pout. I leaned over to him and said, “This is a fact of life: You don’t always get everything you want.”
“I know,” he replied. “Just don’t tell Gramma.”
On the bottom of an office memo: “If you have any questions, please read again.”
A man was speeding down the highway, feeling secure in a group of cars that were all traveling at the same speed. However, as they passed a speed trap, he got caught and was pulled over.
The officer handed him the citation and was about to walk away when the man asked, “Officer, I know I was speeding, but I don’t think it’s fair – there were plenty of other cars around me going just as fast, so why did I get the ticket?”
“Ever go fishing?” the policeman asked the man.
“Ummm, yeah…,” the driver replied.
The officer grinned and said, “Ever catch all the fish?”
It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.
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