Rip off the mask, tear down the walls. Show the world my beautiful, vulnerable self!

Warning Labels for Our Minds

Though “facts” have always been, and probably always will be in the eyes of the beholder, it seems more and more like our eyes are being clouded by so much rhetoric and spin, our ability to make a reasonable determination is hampered. So many of our hot buttons are being pushed on a daily basis, even the most educated and aware are finding it difficult to keep our emotions out of our conclusions.

To help, or at least mitigate the current downward spiral in the life and times of Truth, I propose requiring all news sources to add a warning label to every broadcast and article. This label should be placed prominently at the beginning of every published work, and scroll across the screen in a continuous loop on every broadcast.

Warning! Portions of this {broadcast, article} contain one or a combination of the following: Bald-Faced Lies, Conjectures, Opinions of the Author, Management, or Overlord, Intentional Misdirection, or Any Other Deviation from Actual Facts.

While many will either ignore the warning, or because of previous conditioning, fail to see it at all, it might convince some to do at least a rudimentary fact-checking before allowing righteous outrage or misplaced empathy to obliterate what remains of their common sense after the continuous emotional bombardment the media in all its forms is being misused for in these trying times. Then again, perhaps not, but what could it hurt?

Value in Exposure to Differing Perspectives

I’m blessed to have an extended circle of friends (friends, their friends, and family) with various perspectives on not only a myriad of issues both real and fabricated, but on life and our world overall. My circle includes members of all age groups, who come from many (I can’t say all) walks of life. More and more often, I’m given the opportunity to hear a different perspective, and quite often I’m enlightened.

A recent conversation with a 20-something Marketing student really opened my eyes. Up to that point, I saw his generation as a great deal more open minded and discerning, but what he said gave me pause. As a student on a University campus, he expressed frustration over the tendency of a large majority of students towards blind acceptance of anything wrapped up neatly and sold as a “fact”. It seems what is true for a lot of older people who are set in their ways is equally true for their offspring, even if what they accept as facts differs. They’re equally emotionally embroiled in what they allow themselves to believe without question.

Community Fact Checking Teams

Are we becoming a nation of lemmings? (Though if Social Media can be trusted, Australia is having its share of political insanity as well!) Will we follow whatever cause to which we’re emotionally hog tied over the proverbial cliff without a whimper or a qualm?

Admittedly, the ability to be truly and unbiasedly informed is an insurmountable task. There’s simply too much information available to wade through with any hope of success for finding even a single golden nugget of truth buried in the muck. The solution, I think lies in a kind of study group where everyone is assigned a source or topic to fact check and share their findings with the group. How many would it take to keep a community adequately informed? 50? 100? 1,000,000?

What I find especially frightening is how the infection has impacted our youth who, as with every generation, should be the hope of our future. Is our future meant to deteriorate into a collective insanity fed on emotional triggers and falsehoods, driven to eating its own young? Has the Age of Reason been displaced by the Age of Not-so-blessed Oblivion?

Isn’t it time we woke up and smelled the manure we’re being buried under?

Action Comes in Many Forms

Some will say I’m still burying my head in the sand, refusing to react or take overt action on any of the atrocities or abuses being reported in the news every day. To them I say, we all take action in our own way. I’m back in the archives searching for even the tiniest bit of truth; the slightest glimmer of concurrence by all sides of the argument on any one of the issues which are causing knees to jerk all over the globe.

I’ve found relatively untarnished reporting of facts in some unexpected places, but am not entirely convinced they escaped the universal overlay of muck. Of course, part of the problem is my own personal biases and emotional triggers. For me, the ones which react to the daily bombardment are as deep-seated and difficult to shut off as those which elicit a gut reaction when the word “God” is brought into the mix. I’m not ashamed to admit I have to make a conscious effort to refrain from shutting down and discrediting the entire communication when the word comes up.

Controlling Our Emotional Hot Buttons With Some Actual Truth

We all have our triggers. We all have our emotional hot buttons. Yet we were born with the ability to think for ourselves, if we’d only make more frequent use; make more of an effort to do so. This is one of the most ironic posts I’ve seen in a long time. (with thanks to 9 to 5 Thoughts for the graphic which I’ve modified)

Isn’t it amazing that as much time as we spend online these days, we don’t spend more time questioning what we’re reading, watching or hearing? As easy as it is to check the voracity of an article or video, we refrain from doing so 90% of the time (and that’s probably a low estimate). Yet there are people and organizations who are working overtime to make it easier for us to do just that! Instead of throwing all that hard work back in their faces, we should be kissing their feet and throwing money at them to keep doing what they do to hold back the insidious darkness of ignorance that’s flowing with ruthless tenacity over the land and into the deepest, darkest recesses of our minds. Though at this point, it’s probably akin to trying to dig a well with a toothpick or stop a dam from disintegrating with a finger pressed tightly to the initial fracture.

There are those among us who can and will continue to try to save us from ourselves; from our apathy. They may be a single voice in a crowd, a single candle in the darkness, but they are there. My heart has to believe, even as the darkness encroaches and the silence deafens, they will be seen and they will be heard before we all succumb, accepting our blindness and deafness as reality.

I Find More and More Reasons to Be Grateful These Days

My gratitudes today are:

  1. I am grateful for the people who continue to try to keep us factually informed, in spite of incredible odds, both from those shouting BS to the mountaintops, and those unwilling to step out of their emotionally driven reality.
  2. I am grateful for the music of the 60’s and early 70’s which continues to inspire me to write my own truth, my own passion, and those deep, dark places inside myself which remained hidden for decades before bursting forth with added intensity for their long hibernation.
  3. I am grateful for the diversity in my circle, my tribe. They help me see when I’m leaning on emotion instead of fact; old paradigms instead of open minded wonder.
  4. I am grateful for each new day. With them they bring new opportunities, new ideas, new lessons, and new visions.
  5. I am grateful for abundance; love, life, friendship, viewpoints, fact checkers, inspiration, motivation, appreciation, peace, harmony, health, philanthropy, and prosperity.

Love and Light

About the Author

Sheri Conaway is a writer, blogger, ghostwriter, and advocate for cats. Sheri believes in the Laws of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income. If you’d like to have her write for you, please visit her Hire Me page for more information. You can also find her on Facebook Sheri Levenstein-Conaway Author or in her new group, Putting Your Whole Heart Forward.

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