Turn it upside down

The idealized memory of the promising few casts a shadow of fear that many take to heart. This crisis of perception is not new and is used each year to justify so-called original works of art. The founders said this, the founders believed in that, the founders would roll over in their graves. Those who write history are people just like us all. They struggle to meet their editor’s deadline and from time to time compromise on accuracy. We should all take a moment to turn the argument upside down and see what makes sense and what does not. The truth seldom makes sense compared against a beginning to end fiction. What actually happened may come across as cliché compared to a sonnet written under duress. How do we judge source validity? If the grammar is off, do we lose confidence in the final conclusion? The same goes for people who may not have the best reputation, yet were there when the event happened. They saw with their own eyes, yet many would rather believe the spin of the corporate news anchor. The accuracy of interpretations matters less and less these days.

Self-diagnosis is not recommended when it comes to serious conditions. We have more access to information than at any other time in history. So when we notice symptoms of an ailment, it is easy to assume the worse, which creates a situation of self-fulfilling prophecies. The ramifications of this ability intensify when looking at the affairs of the modern world. Talking heads on every channel give their confident perspectives which very often contradict what they said the previous day. Politicians manipulate everything to suit their agenda and those who support them. Pollsters make ridiculous predictions with plus or minus two percentages and are taken literally by the undecided voters who either support the underdog or jump on the bandwagon. Millionaire strategists understand this concept and are paid even more to set up the wealthiest candidates for victory regardless of their ability to inspire. Instead of becoming pawns in their game, why not take another moment and really think about what is going on? Imagine the possibilities if everyone took an extra fifteen minutes a day to read and acknowledge that which they normally find to go against what they believe in. This advanced citizenship is not an easy feat, but would probably lead those individuals seeking positions of power to take a more human approach to their campaigns. Maybe then, the habit of seeking the truth will finally sink in.

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