Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Purveyors of "alternative facts" are false prophets

"Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as 'the truth' exists....  The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, 'It never happened'—well, it never happened.  If he says that two and two are five—well two and two are five.  This prospect frightens me much more than bombs—and after our experiences of the last few years that is not such a frivolous statement."
—George Orwell, Looking Back on the Spanish War (1943)

We have arrived at this place with Trumpism and what Kelly Ann Conway, President Trump's spokeswoman, calls "alternative facts." President Trump is primarily a salesman and some would say a con artist. He makes stuff up to serve his interests as has been proven time and time again. If he did not have political power such a charleton could be laughed off and disregarded, but with this political power this is done with great peril to the well being of the country. The antidote, of course, if nothing else, is the power of witnessing to truth and authenticity. It is the development of individual, group, organizational, and institutional integrity. Integrity is born from the practice of virtue not for external award and recognition but for its own reward. As Stephen Gaskin said one time, "ultimately the only thing we have to offer another human being is our own state of being."

Jesus warned us about wolves coming in sheep's clothing. We are witnessing this presently.

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