I recently spent some time creating quotes about truth. Why? Because I feel there is an overwhelming amount of irritating propaganda posing as truth. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that stands on such a weak foundation, it is afraid of an honest debate. Instead of communicating and strengthening communities, it’s the kind of stuff that empowers people to heckle and tear vulnerable-everyday-imperfect-people apart.
Simply put, propaganda is a highly polished art form used to emotionally move a group to act on principles and beliefs they want internalized… even if it is against the best interest of the group in question. Once it’s been internalized, it tends to show up in the common form of trolls and extremists.
Ignoring or denying the problem does not make it go away. The only way it loses its power, is if that group (and the people in contact with that group) questions what those principles and beliefs really mean. Of course they will retaliate by the only means they know how. They will reinforce the propaganda and instruct the group it has influence on… not to question anything they put out. They will focus on turning the doubts away from them and double down on doubting any one or idea that doesn’t support them.
I don’t know about you but I have a habit of smiling and excusing myself from people who spout propaganda. I have never mastered the ‘Resting Bitch Face’ so I smile instead. Either way I think that unintentionally it leads people to believe I agree with them. In that small way, I’m adding to the problem.
So how can I help the conversation and empower people to think about what they are saying? To maybe question and see if there is any type of propaganda lurking around in their lives? If only we could take a few seconds to weigh and measure the fluff, it will always be found wanting in substance and in virtue.
I’ve decided that sharing quotes is an easy way to encourage us to embrace the truth. I’m sharing with you a few quotes that remind us to think about what we are saying, in the hopes that we act from a better place.
Basically challenging you to think and rethink is an open act of rebellion.
Yep. I’m a rebel. Are you?