COMMON SENSE IN A WORLD GOING MAD
Whose interests are served by the nonstop media (old and new) barrage of news that isn’t news, fatuous analysis and inane commentary? How do you deal with it? Do you ever wish you could stop the world, not to get off, but to give yourself time to make sense of what’s going on? The good news is that you can, by asking the right questions and standing conventional wisdom on its head, see the forest for the trees. The bad news is that you probably won’t like the view.
How do you see the forest for the trees? The first step is to quit walking through the forest. You can spend twenty-four hours a day reading periodicals and scanning the internet. You would know the latest of everything and you might begin to discern the stories behind the stories. However, you’d be wasting your most important and limited possession–your time–and reinventing the wheel. It makes a lot more sense to get in an airplane with competent pilots and instead fly over the forest.
Realize that most of what’s out there is a waste of time—your time. It doesn’t serve your interest to try to keep up with it, but it does serve the interests of those who want to keep you and every other potential Diogenes otherwise occupied. The truth always threatens those whose power and wealth rests on lies. Through history that has meant governments and those who align their fates with governments. The day one says: “I’m tired of being lied to,” is the day one challenges the existing order. Distractions–bread, circuses, welfare, football, whatever–have always been useful for those who don’t want anyone looking too closely at how they do things.
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