Is There, In Fact, No Truth?
Or is there no factual truth?
We truly live in a fascinating world. So many people are living in a bubbled existence, and fail so beautifully to see reality. At the same time, there are many who are truly awake, and realize exactly what is happening. They are seeing through the media lies, Having been spoiled from my military time, I have learned to separate the wheat from the chaff. "Disinformation" is the name of the game today.
We go to the movies to be entertained, and to forget about the world around us. We used to cheer for Supreman! We would boo Lex Luther, and all his evil deeds.
"Truth, Justice, and the American Way" used to stand for something. Now, they push evil as the hero. Zombies, vampires, and other such vermin dominate the screen. Game of Thrones is more popular than reading, writing or arithmetic. Before that, it was the many books of Harry Potter. It's different now. The need for visual stimulation far outweighs eating or sleeping.
Even if you don't think of the media for now, imagine all the commercials you've seen. In everything from a car commercial to some kind of food, or clothing line, or the toy industry, you see an attempt to persuade you to by their product.
Henry Ford was, for the longest time, the king of cars with his Model T. They were inexpensive, and mass produced. And then along came General Motors, and Chevy. They had different styles, different colors, and more features. Now, Ford had to change his strategy, or fall by the wayside. He did, and the rest is history.
Suddenly the auto industry because a cutthroat institution. Everything from espionage to political dirty tricks to drive competitors out of business. Look what they did to Preston Tucker, and his innovative "Tucker Torpedo." They all but put a gun to his head and kill him.
Every industry imaginable has done this.
Oh, and let's not forget the use of "sex" in advertising. Mostly subliminal, they found ways to make you think of sex in relation to their product. "Should a gentleman offer a lady a Tiparillo?" "Get your 'hands' on a Toyota." My favorites were always the shaving creme commercials. Noxzema comes to mind. "Take it off. Take it all off." And then, they would kick in with David Rose's "The Stripper" song. And then the lick your teeth toothpaste ads by Pearl Drops. The list could go on and on.
And beginning in the very late 20th Century, there were the TV pitch men, like Billy Mays, may he rest in peace. They would create 30-minute infomercials about Oxiclean, or some other product, and beat the thought into you, if you were foolish enough to watch, the wonderful attributes of their products. Australia became famous for these first, then the spread to around the world, each country finding their own hero to preach the product's sermon.
And in the food industry, McDonald's created catch phrases that people would inadvertently use in other food chains, to order something they would want. Others began to follow suit. You had to be an expert on these to differentiate between them. "Supersize" is one that comes to mind more often.
And in the news industry, there is an axiom, that says if you say it loud enough, and long enough, people will believe it is so, even if it is a lie.They do it in eight minute segments with commercials on either side of the information. And the media is in bed with the government and social networks like Facebook, Google, and others. They are all reading from the same play book and narrative. Oh, to be sure, some are allowed to modify it a little, in order to draw in the opposing viewpoints and do verbal battle. But in the end, the "powers that be" own both sides, and enjoy playing both against the middle. It's the old divide and conquer strategy. And it works just as well today, as it did in ancient times. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And the system is sound as a pound.
The interesting part is that we are so beleaguered with everyday problems, that it is impossible to focus on what is right or wrong, and we are easily tricked into what they want us to believe in. We're becoming mindless drones. Between the computer, cell phone, and TV, we are oblivious to reality.
There are two camps of thought, as I see it. One is the Orwell "1984" world, where there is no information and we are asleep to thought and actual knowledge. The other is the Huxley’s "Brave New World," where we are drowned in information, and thus cannot discern truth from fiction.
Sometimes we win. Sometimes they win. But the battle will go on forever.