Consider that we have a pressing need for clarity. I was reminded of this in 2016 with the election of TFG and the failure to see clearly what was happening. It was “The Emperor’s New Clothes” all over the place and for whatever reasons, besides money, power and greed, those in responsible positions seemed unwilling or unable to call it what it was, and still is. A scam at the highest levels. And the beat goes on. As we approach the mid-terms, my hope is that more people will see through the lies and the supporters of lies and elect people in November and in 2024 who have some integrity. This is just for starters.
We would do well to be clear about five or six other things and that means seeing them as they are and as they are documented by reliable, honest, and smart people. It may not be what you would like to believe. It may not be what you think you hear or what you see written by those who twist the outcome to suit their prejudices. Think about that for a moment.
There are actually those who would like to alter a school’s curriculum to exclude what makes them uncomfortable, namely the study of slavery and our treatment of Native Americans, as examples. See that for what it is, the continuing oppression of people who are different. The same is true with regard to a woman’s right to choose how to treat her own body. Those who would remove that freedom of choice need to be seen for who they are, authoritarian control freaks who want to live in a world that they create and dominate. That is not the real world.
Then we have the climate deniers who say it’s just another cycle in the history of the evolving world landscapes and seascapes with temperatures and storms no greater than they have ever been. That is perhaps partly true if we go back to the ice age when humans grew longer legs and bigger brains and began to emigrate north from southern Africa. That was about 10,000 years ago and we’re still in that Ice Age but in a warming trend with the planet heating up. Have a clear look at how the oceans, the weather and the forests are being affected and then decide whether or not we have a climate crisis or not. A crisis by the way is a crossroads where you have to decide which road you take to go ahead.
With a nod to the political miasma that takes up so much space and air time, when you cut through the diatribe in the conversations and ads, you can see people for who they are and then you, as a reasonable, intelligent and thoughtful person can decide whom you wish to support and why. That is your free choice, at least thus far.
P.S. Gaslighting has an interesting history and with your eyes and ears open, you can see and hear how it’s being implemented today. Call it for what it is. The following was written by Stephanie Sarkis and published in “Psychology Today” on January 22, 2017! See the complete article there.
Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn’t realize how much they’ve been brainwashed. For example, in the movie Gaslight (1944), a man manipulates his wife to the point where she thinks she is losing her mind.
People who gaslight typically use the following techniques:
1. They tell blatant lies.
2. They deny they ever said something, even though you have proof.
3. They use what is near and dear to you as ammunition.
4. They wear you down over time.
5. Their actions do not match their words.
6. They throw in positive reinforcement to confuse you.
7. They know confusion weakens people.
8. They project.
9. They try to align people against you.
10. They tell you or others that you are crazy.
11. They tell you everyone else is a liar.