A week ago – it feels so much longer – I drafted you into a fight. I asked that you stand for duty, honor, and right. We’ll get into what all that means, the philosophy of morality, forging a code of honor (and sticking to it) down the line; for now, I want to define an aspect of the war that we all must begin to fight today. The fight that I speak of is one that is fundamental to Liberty and Freedom in the Information Age. It is a fight that your schools should have taught you to fight, but the truth of the matter is we’re all too human.
Now I want to stress that this is only one front one of many. But it is the first step in becoming awakened to a greater world. I hope you’re good and rested and ready to fight, because from here on in, once you begin to take these steps with me, your life will begin to change and unravel in ways that I cannot predict.
You are being lied to. Constantly, from all sides. Your friends are lying to you. The media is lying to you. Your politicians are lying to you – even the politicians on your side are lying to you. You are lied to because control of your thought – your market share – means more money, more power, more influence along the “Invisible Hand”. We’re hearing a lot about “fake news” sites playing a major role in the election, and how destructive they are, and how there are calls to censor them…
That’s all well and good, but you cannot rely on others to tell you what is true and what is false – that is another system of control. You must take active cognition of the media that you consume and, once you have learned how to digest it, use your knowledge to help others in kind.
Now, it’s not as bad as it may sound. A couple paragraphs above I told you everyone is lying to you – that’s only partly true (see what I mean?) Some people will give you misinformation because they don’t know any better. Some people will do so because they don’t have all the facts. Some people will give you misinformation because of our limited human knowledge. While I do make a distinction between lying – actively passing misinformation – and just unintentional misinformation, I felt that I had to make a dramatic point.
You must question everything.