MC’s latest essay concerns the culture of lies that pervades the 21st-century West, and the political, moral, and spiritual pollution that afflicts us because of it.
Ignorance is never bliss, and is extremely dangerous to life and limb. But what of propaganda? What of lies believed, and never unlearned?
I have just been reading an article about the BBC, and their treatment of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, where the BBC implied that Florence Nightingale was a racist. History makes no such claim, and what is more, provides no evidence that the two ever exchanged any dialogue. But the story makes for good political copy:
The attitude to Nightingale is a mystery. A woman who spent her whole life after the Crimean war taking on the war office and reactionary men in government in order to improve conditions for the average British soldier, should be a hero of the Left, and of feminists. Instead she has been vilified, because she came from a wealthy background and became a Victorian establishment figure, and because she had a brief meeting with a woman from the Caribbean.
Of course this situation says nothing about the two women or their real worth but everything about the strange ideology of the left in the UK today, skewed with envy and hatred but also sunk in historical ignorance, unable to fathom the ideas and behaviour of our ancestors, imaginatively or through facts.
It is these same lying leftists who have been in charge of our children’s ‘education’ for decades. It struck me how difficult a situation one is in when one is not just ‘ignorant’ but has had one’s mind filled with arrant garbage. Garbage disposal is never easy.
When one reads widely, both non-fiction and good (honest) fiction, one gets a feel for truth, and one can compare what one has been taught against what one reads. But this is a rare skill, no longer encouraged and is thus not generally the case, and a historical textbook is ‘lucky’ if it sells more than 6,000 copies in the UK.
Most graduates do not read textbooks once they have finished their finals. And to get a good degree one must regurgitate only that which is
politically educationally correct in order to appease the liars.
So the propaganda sticks, and eventually becomes mainstream as the affected individuals attain positions where their unwitting tendentiousness is uncorrected.
When I was lied to as a child, often by well-intentioned parents, there were usually consequences, mostly embarrassing, but sometimes potentially life-changing.
As one of four boys, I did not know what the physical difference was between girls and boys, so, as one does, I asked my mother, she told me that girls have ‘nothing’ there. At the age of eight I knew she was lying, because the girls at school teased me and dropped hints and allusions that I could not understand.
Eventually, as a young teenager, I persuaded a younger female cousin to assuage my curiosity, but had this gone wrong, I could have been liable for prosecution and lifelong disgrace (she was about 9-10 at the time).
In the fifties and sixties, school in UK was apolitical, and one was encouraged to seek ‘truth’ by looking at a situation from as many angles as possible. So I was taught creation myth and Darwinian myth at the same time, and told that there was no proof for either, and that I could form my own opinions.
Also, we did not study other religions, and history stopped at Corn Laws (1850s). If one wanted to know more, then read the books for one’s self. So I did.
There is an inseparable bond between truth and liberty, and by default, between lies and tyranny. Why would we want to teach lies to all and sundry when it is the truth that sets us free? We tell lies when we need people to do as we want them to, not as they want to do for themselves. Why did Barack Hussein Obama tell us that we could keep our own doctors? Because to him in his personal belief, the lies were justified by the perceived need for Obamacare. The ends justified the means.
Revolutionary change is not difficult to kick off, but is very difficult to steer, and almost impossible to stop until it runs out of steam. It is this indirection that means that the best laid revolutionary plans tend to come off the rails and become uncontrollable. We look at history: the Girondists, the theorists of the French revolution, found themselves mounting the steps of their guillotine when the violence-oriented Montagnards seized power and precipitated the Terror. We find the Mensheviks giving way to the extremist Bolsheviks and then the takeover of the Stalinists.
All the while the people, in whose name these things were done, continued to starve and live in squalor; politicians and their ‘hope and change’ peccadilloes are not conducive to growing and transporting of food. Land management is a highly skilled job, and when Mugabe in Zimbabwe displaced the (white) land managers it was a sentence of death by starvation for many thousands of people.
The food supply has always been the bête noire of revolutions, and is usually the reason that revolutionaries resort to slavery and mass murder as food supplies dwindle. The ends justify the means, as always.
So now we see our governments lying to us about food supplies; manmade droughts in California and poisonous GMOs. We are naïve if we think that the toxic side effects of such things are not known by governments. Why would our governments want to poison us?
Government of the people by the people for the people has become a rather sick joke, and the politicians’ oaths to ‘uphold the Constitution’ set no example to other more petty officials who abuse their oaths day in, day out.
Once we as a society accommodate the lies, they are here to stay. They become part of learned behaviour, and are thus difficult to unlearn. Unlearning is difficult and painful. Do vaccines really work as described? Can I give up cornflakes because the makers have done a deal with Monsanto? Can I stop voting for Democrats (or Republicans) as I have always done? Can I come to terms with the truth of National Socialism being a phenomenon of the Left? That Israel is a legal entity and ‘Palestine’ is a vicious exercise in Taqiyya?
That Islam is a “religion of peace”?
There was a time in our history when lies were unacceptable. Now they are part of the excrement of life, amongst which we have to pick a slippery and nauseating path. Once more those above us empty their chamber pot of lies from the heights, but now there is no “gardy-lie” to warn us.
Only I can guard myself against the lies. Before I believe, I must research, look for the truth, and unlearn those lies with which I have been spoon-fed from a tender age.
My mother lied to me because, in the ’50s, any discussion of sexuality, even with one’s own son, was taboo. But in this, the 21st century, many more issues are taboo too, so the lies just keep spewing from the heights, coating us with a layer of verbal excrescence from which we can only cleanse ourselves. Failure to so do means that we invade the area around us with the all-pervasive stench of mendacity.
One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people.
The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation.
The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document.
Compare the above with this:
- “Prepare especially the most vulnerable 3 billion people to adapt to the climate changes, both chronic and abrupt, that society will be unable to mitigate.”
- The Catholic church and other religious leaders mobilize public opinion and public funds to meet the poorest 3 billion people’s energy needs, and to raise their incomes, education, healthcare and quality of life.
Believe it or not these statements are about the same issue, one sees the coming papal encyclical as endorsing a massive reduction in population, and the other sees it in terms of a massive redistribution of (your) wealth. The truth is that there is no hard evidence that climate (as opposed to weather) has changed in any significant way for many thousands of years, and that what we have here is a socialist/communist political agenda gift-wrapped in terror-depicting paper.
It is difficult for me as one who majored in Chemical Engineering to swallow the ‘science’ that is supposedly behind the ‘Climate Change’ panic. If the Pope believes in God, then he should not be trying to push humanist political solutions, and if it is about redistribution of wealth, then a Pope does not have to attach it to what appears to many people as a cynical hoax.
I would prefer to see the Pope speak out about Muslim annihilation of Christians in the Middle East, but that is not ‘trendy’ enough. The previous Pope tried to expose the lie of the religion of peace, and he suffered for it.
Readers of this site grapple with truth. If they did not, they would be among those who would have the site banned and its nobility beheaded. It is truth that sets us free, and by implication, lies are the chains of our bondage.
Unlearning the lies so that we can recognise the truths is the hardest to learn of all intellectual exercises. However, with practice there comes a time when we become adept, and truth shines out as a beacon wherever it is to be found.
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.