What Do We Do? #2

Friends,

This is the second post/video in this series.  I hope you will find it useful.

NOTE: You can copy the URL from this video and share it with others.  If you know people who are of the right mindset and disposition to handle the fuller message contained below, then you can share the entire post.  How you use them both is up to you.  All I ask is that you do so with as much wisdom as you can muster.

GOING DEEPER

As I said in the video, this is not going to be much easier than fighting the urge to return insult with insult.  Still, this is something we have to do.  It is second in importance only to the message in my first video/post.

When I say we need to study, I mean we need to really learn the issues.  We need to keep up with what is going on in the world today, and not just in the United States.  We also need to learn about what has happened before us.  It is all important, especially the past.  The events of yesterday drive the events of today.  So, if you do not know the past, how can you know why the things of today are happening?  You can’t.  So, as difficult as you may find it, you have to learn as much as you can about as many different things as you can.

This is equally important: listen to the other side.  You have to listen to the other side.  Why do they believe the things they believe?  What are they using to form their conclusions?  What do they think are the causes of their perceived problems?  How do they believe they can fix those problems?  What do they think about you?  About your ideas and solutions?  Why do they dismiss them?  You do not really know an issue until you know both sides: your position, as well as the position of those who oppose you.  And, if you don’t really know the issue, then you cannot offer a real solution.  You’re certainly not going to be able to offer anything that will get the other side to listen to and consider your side.  Therefore, you must learn both side of the issue.

This will all take time.  Ideally, it should be a life-long process.  The person who has stopped learning has already died.  Don’t be such a person.  Learn!  Learn as much as you can about as many things as you can.  If you do this, eventually, you will start to see how many things you might not have believed were connected actually are connected.  For example: what caused WW II?  Well, one of the primary causes that drove Hitler to do what he did was the unjust treaty conditions forced on Germany by the Allied powers — especially by Woodrow Wilson.  The Allies demanded Germany take all the blame for starting the war when it was not Germany’s fault, alone.  This stigmatized Germany, which injured their national pride.  This drove the strong feelings of nationalism.  The Allies also demanded that Germany pay back the Allies cost of the war.  This was unfair, as Germany was not the only belligerent power, but it also insured that Germany’s own economy – and thus, her people — would suffer for decades to come.  As a result, Germany entered into a monetary policy that allowed her to cover her war debts, but opened the door to economic depression and hyper inflation which, in turn, opened the door for a personality like Hitler.  All of this (and more) can be traced directly to the Treaty of Versailles.  But, if you do not know the history here, you might find yourself accepting alternative explanations that have no foundations in reality, and that can lead you down a rabbit hole that leads to nothing but a continuous series of lies.  It is difficult to deal with the real world when your entire world view is based on lies, don’t you think?

So, as difficult as it will be at first (it gets easier if you work at it), you have to learn.  So, how do we do that in a world filled with so much deception, half-truths and lies?  Well, for one thing, find sources you can trust.  Go behind the information they give you and ‘proof’ their sources.  I did this with Glenn Beck for almost five years before I realized that the man may sometimes present opinions as facts, but he has never out-right, knowingly lied to his audience.  What’s more, he corrects mistakes.  This is why I have come to trust him, but, even with this trust, I still check his sources — especially when he presents something important or dubious.  There are many such voices available to us out there, all you have to do is look around and find a few that you can trust, then let them help you sort through the noise — so to speak.

Another excellent source is written material with references sources — especially if it is dated prior to the 1990’s.  The propaganda and re-writing of materials started to get serious in the 1990’s.  It has become rampant today.  They change on-line information all the time, so be extremely cautious using those sources.  Check them before they use them.  Make sure the on-line versions match the printed versions.  If you spend enough time doing this, you will find many things posted on line are edited versions that do not read the same as the original.  This is the result of an intentional, and also, very effective means of disseminating disinformation — which is what we should be trying to combat.  After all, the intentional propagation of disinformation is lawlessness, and we are supposed to oppose lawlessness.

This leads to one last point: make sure you check the videos and links you use before you offer them as ‘instruction’ or ‘correction.’  There is nothing more damaging to the Truth than to tell someone they are misinformed, then offer them an article that is factually incorrect, itself.  All this does is cement the other person’s belief that they are correct and you are wrong.  It is better to not say anything than to make this mistake (trust me, I know because I still make it far too often).

OK, this is your second assignment: start learning the issues.  Learn about both sides’ position on the issue, as well as the history behind it.  Look for reliable, well-documented sources and read them.  Check on the documentation and references.  Make sure those references say what it is claimed they say.  Make sure you verify that any article, link or video you share to help others re-think their positions is factual.  Don’t offer them ammunition against you or your position by sharing something that is not true.  This will not be easy, but it is what we need to start doing — each and every one of us.  If we all do this, we will become a small army, steadily but gently pushing people in the direction of Truth and righteousness.  Like the tides, a slow, constant, steady push will work — but we have to start pushing, first.