by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
Something that is frightening these days, perhaps especially to oldies, is the loss of celebration of truth. It used to be a biggie. In fact, it was a biggie when the Bible was being written.
Consider Ephesians 4:25 (New Testament):
“Wherefore put away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
or Psalm 85:11 (Old Testament):
“Truth shall spring forth from the earth.”
There is no question that the Internet has made it possible for millions of people to get clued in about lies that are being told. Most people outside America think that 9-11 was an inside job, and within America the percentage of skeptics of the official story has probably passed 51%.
Still, many people upon hearing the truth seem to block it out. And the mainstream media is shameless when it comes to repeating “facts” that are not facts. Thus we end up with a divided population. The two sides do not debate each other, but joke among themselves about the foolishness of the other group.
I sense that there is no end in sight as to “resolving” any of the big issues. Sadly, there’s little hope of a court adjudicating them. So in this series I will use other approaches to phrasing the issues in a way that could cultivate some unity.
Today I am going to ask folks to “tick the box” next to any item they agree with on the following list. Each statement says only what you would wish for and does not require knowing anything about particular controversies, much less “voting” on them. Here goes. Tick if you would wish for these things:
The I-Would-Wish List
- I would wish for national elections that are not rigged.
- I would wish that no one be allowed to put harmful material into the atmosphere without first getting our permission.
- I would wish that judgeships not be bought or sold.
- I would wish that no whistleblower ever gets bumped off.
- I would wish that no torture be used in any prison in our nation.
- I would wish that war not be considered until great measures of diplomacy be undertaken.
- I would wish that no educators ever try to dumb-down the population.
- I would wish that natural resources not be so depleted as to deprive future generations of them.
- I would wish that no genetic modification of seeds take place without our first finding out what experienced farmers think about this. (GMO foods)
- I would wish that the law remain our friend and not be weaponized to hurt people.
- I would wish that candidates for office be required to say if they are, or are not, members of any Secret Society.
- I would wish that no child be sexually abused or trafficked.
- I would wish that no government be allowed to blow up a building before the people in it have a chance to escape.
- I would wish for a culture in which the family is not denigrated.
- I would wish that our nation continue to be governed by rule of law, and not give way to rule by power.
A Second Round of Ticking
Of course, I expect everyone to tick all 15, or nearly all 15, boxes. We all would wish for those things.
Then I’d ask the person to mark “the second set of boxes” (the boxes are imaginary; I lack the skill to produce them). Here they should give a tick if they think the described item has ever occurred.
So one would tick #3 if one believes that someone, somewhere bought a judgeship. (As in “How much is that bench going for this year?”)
One would tick #11 if they think some politicians are members of a secret society. (As in Yale’s Order of Skull and Bones whose two members, John Kerry and George W Bush, presented Americans with a choice in the 2004 elections: Take one or the other.) To be picky, the person could say that the question only asks if one would like politicians to be required to ‘fess up; it does not say that this has ever happened. So, if they think it never happened, they would not tick the second “box,” OK?
In the question about governments blowing up buildings, was I necessarily referring to the World Trade Center in 2001? No, I could have been thinking of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1996. Or both. A person should leave #13’s second box unticked if he/she is satisfied that Muslim hijackers did 9-11 and Timothy McVeigh did OKC.
Trickery at the Ranch
Now recall that I am innocently, sincerely trying to find a way for us to get over being divided. It is my theory that most of the people who laugh at, or snarl at, conspiracy theories are frightened. They do know that bad things are happening. They have heard that children are being sexually abused (17,000 of them said so to Australia’s Royal Commission.) They do know, or have vaguely heard, that GMO foods are taking over a lot of farmland.
They wish this were not the case — as indicated by the first round of box-ticking. Similar to the conspiracy theorists, the anti-conspiracy theorists are distressed by what is happening. But they are revulsed at the thought of blaming the authorities. Even in such a simple example as #1 “I would wish for national elections that are not rigged,” they go ballistic if someone says the 2020 election was rigged.
I admit I am being tricky — trying to get a non-conspiracy theorist to commit to the first set of boxes, thus revealing that we all stand on the same preferences. Yes, trickery is my game today as I have been unable to think of other ways to get through to persons whose fears have tipped them over into irrationality.
Worrying about Christmas Dinner
Consider this: one of people’s undefined fears today is the loss of family unity over the vaccination mandates. Who could not feel distressed when one sees memos going around on “How To Deal at the Christmas Table with Your In-Laws Who Reject Vaccination?”
Surely there was never a Christmas before, over which such issues of family agreement were aired. (They say father and son had to fight against each other in the Civil War — I don’t mean it has reached anything like that kind of violence. Still, it’s a felt tragedy for a mother whose kids have become wary of her….)
In Boston, I’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving “alternative turkey fest” this week for persons whose family would be made uncomfortable by, say, mask-demeanors, at the table. The invitees are almost surely sad that their relatives won’t listen to them. They sense that they are being categorized as whacky, or worse: “the source of the trouble.”
Again, I speculate that this is a function of fear. Our gang at Gumshoe News, Melbourne, has been sounding the warning since March 2020 against deceptive laws regarding Covid (and all its works and all its pomps). Do we regret it? Hell, no — we are plagued with guilt at not having come on stronger with our warnings!
So how could we have done better? Maybe by trying to address the fear angle. Anyway, this Part 1 of a series on Truth and Fear is a gentle effort to gain some ground with “the opposition.” For us compatriots to be driven into opposing camps is wicked and stupid.
Ah, I just googled for “Thesaurus, stupid” to try to get a better word. I see that Roget has been taken over by Thesaurus.com. Never mind. Collins Dictionary offers these synonyms for “stupidity, the noun,” divided into three categories:
— In the sense of foolishness (example: the foolishness of dangerously squabbling politicians). Synonyms: stupidity, irresponsibility, recklessness, idiocy, weakness, absurdity, silliness, inanity, folly, bêtise (rare).
— In the sense of idiocy (example: the idiocy of subsidies for activities which damage the environment). Synonyms: insanity, lunacy, tomfoolery, inanity, imbecility, senselessness, abject stupidity, asininity.
— In the sense of daftness (no example was given by Collins, so I offer “the daftness of us having Christmas family break-ups that are based on fear”). Synonyms: nonsense, madness, craziness, tomfoolery, malarkey, fatuity, dottiness (slang, British), witlessness, brainlessness.
Come on, Everybody, don’t be dotty.