Today we live in an environment where the words emitted from your mouth, through your voice are not enough. Whenever anyone makes a comment, statement, or personal representation of their beliefs, the world dissects ever character of the composition to piece together it’s perceived meaning. This inability to functionally communicate at a meaningfully high level is the foundation for part of the social dysfunction present around us today. Those being heard and promoted as the truth are mostly agenda winding self indulged mouthpieces to a majority of grossly uninformed people seeking tribal blessings of fitting into something outside their simple existence. This draws a counter attack from the other side of this ideological divide without any regard from either side to the actual representation of reality. Truth is no more than the first offer of a negotiation over who’s more right. I’ve never read a single page from anything written by Bob Woodward, but the simple fact he holds two Pulitzer’s lends some credibility by me to his work. Now does this mean I take everything he writes at face value, absolutely not. I don’t accept anything for fact without a cultivated work of research and an accompanying story to bind the details. Does this suggest the 140 character tirades of a person who, to my knowledge, has never researched or represented anything I could contrive as knowledge for something representative of the truth. We have to address the audience accepting these words, and the contextual perspectives aligned with the message. Understanding is not in any terms a measure of equality, nor does it disseminate evenly across groups of individuals. This is why there is a broad public spectrum across society, with a small minority realizing the truth, and the majority subjugating their gaps with gossip and unsubstantiated hearsay. It’s simply what humans have done for the last 10,000 years. Anger is our default response, thus why conflicting views turn to shit in a heartbeat. The intention for this particular expression of my thoughts is to drive the attention of those bothering to read towards the individual, the self within. Here is where the frontline of the single most important battle of this massive out of control social war is staged. Through your interpretation of your own existence lies the fodder for everything swirling around at these ideological extremes. There would be no sense in a war of rhetoric like the aforementioned without the response of those listening. The reaction is triggered by the frustration within the individual, not the enlightenment of the messengers. Tribalism is an inherent trait traced across the landscape of the human story to our hunter gatherer ancestors. Belonging to a group was essential to survival. Your life depended on those in your tribe. Stratified heiarchy maintained order, now it lifts individuals up through the socioeconomic tiers, while leaving a majority questioning the fairness of such a system. There’s a fine line between informing and manipulating as far as communication goes. The Pulitzer winning author would love for you to buy his book to receive his suggestion of insight and understanding, while the 140 character tyrant wants to manipulate your focus, so you won’t question his validity. Both sides have their individual agendas, that aren’t identified up front. In order to discern this, you must analyze their perspectives, character, and credibility before you can draw such a conclusion. Any knee jerk reactionary outburst only shines negatively back on your ability to comprehend reality. Fact of the business is we owe it to ourselves and everyone around us to distinguish these qualities from everything we see and hear in order to set our understanding on the proper path. Lest we simply provide prey for the hunger of these wolves dressed in authoritarian clothing...
Words are only representative of the behaviors supporting them. So, whenever ANYONE says some bullshit they never intend on supporting, or never really happened, they position themselves as a liar. To the degree of how much they say are lies is dependent upon their character and integrity as an individual. Lying is the most human aspect of humanity, given we created this form of misinformation along with the spoken and written language. This is not the religious condemnation of bearing false witness, but rather a different spin of caveat emptor. At what point do we ignore the message and hold the listener accountable? People fucking lie every day. How many times have you told yourself something that you didn’t fulfill??? So, don’t get indignant on me and pretend you are better than that shit. I fucking know better. Doing the right thing, and being your best version of yourself are important measures of a persons character. Honesty is a valued trait in our species. Let’s not pretend though, we’re all much closer to the average than we’re willing to admit.
“...fried chicken & mashed potatoes make the world go round”
So, we all drift in an out of, over and around, above and below the truth at strategic points in our lives. The key is are we dependable whenever something is on the line! Can we be counted on when called upon to respond emotionally to someone else. That’s the absolute best anyone can hope for from another person, right? Trying to sift through the piles of discrepancies and disparities we all throw at our fellow beings in an attempt to retain our singularity as individuals is far too much emotional lifting. Identifying those specific traits within someone else, and not getting shit on by them is the challenge. Everybody has one of those stories, that effected them in a profoundly emotional fashion. We tend to retract ourselves after these missteps, but we should hold them up to examine exactly how to improve our ability to judge others capacity to stand tall.
“...smells like fish taco”
I guess I’m trying to say it’s ok to be human, just be the person needed by those that believe in you. Don’t hold others to an elevated standard above what you hold yourself to. Recognize within yourself, what you scrutinize in others, else you’re just being judgemental. Resist the path to becoming an asshole every chance you get. Reach for the truth, but make it you truth with respect to others.
“...salad with potato chip croutons”
we all live live in a giant lie perpetrated by the very organization we hold dearly for our freedoms. The United States government has knowingly subjected its citizens to toxic levels of radioactive contamination since 1942. That time span includes the Rosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. So, don’t pretend this is about party lines. The head of the EPA under Obama actually denied the existence of the toxic levels of contamination in a recorded conversation with JUST MOMS STL about the ordeal going on in their communities. This is so disturbing to consider the scope of this lie.