Americans have a problem with the truth. They seem to be unable to accept it, which is difficult to understand at a time in history when knowledge plays a larger and larger role in determining human action. Recognition of this problem is widespread. Beliefs and lies somehow always overwhelm truth, even when they are so contradictory that any effective action becomes impossible. A kind of national, psychological paralysis occurs. Nothing can be done because one belief contradicts another, and for some unknown reason, the facts don't matter. Even during those times when an overwhelming belief does compel action, Americans rush headlong into it neglecting the adage that headlong often means wrong.
"...the fundamental question that goes unanswered is why so many people continue to trust all those "experts" who have shown themselves to be inveterate liars? Has the populace really become that dumb? If the truth is emancipating, the false is enslaving. Indeed Americans are serfs ruled by an oligarchy devoted to the promotion of dumb ideas."
The article does not establish that people continue to trust experts who are liars. While they live and let live, I don't believe it's because of trust. When you are resigned to something, you trust it in the very minimal sense of anticipating its next manifestation. In our divide and captivate economy, it is just as likely that each has her/his own specialty and aggregate of selected stuff and activities to fill their hours, days and weeks, and, because busy and self-protective, choose not to assert herself/himself over/against those active in other spaces.
In addition to the two problem beliefs Kozy sees (truth emerges from debate and everyone is entitled to opinions), I would add, therefore, a third: there's no limit to the benefits of specialization.
Three life-affirming and life-enhancing fundamentals that I espouse:
On the subject of knowledge, truth, and human action...
Please read p24-29:
Especially p25 where it clarifies that hypnotism is misunderstood. This is sooo crucial! This manual has do to with mass control through violence...and the role of mental illness as a tool or precursor for violence. Remember that when a person is termed mentally ill...they loose their rights.
The article does not establish that people continue to trust experts who are liars.
Liars are simply those who experience denial syndrome when they are wrong. They utilize a defense mechanism at their disposal, called lying. In the end, they end up defending systems with lies, and then this leads them to defend anything with a lie, especially for things they strongly support. An expert who is wrong can become a habitual liar, if not already.
In other words, where we lack resources to produce change, we become specators of folly.
I like that alternate articulation very much, although it speaks of a tragedy. We (in general) make choices, and so design our lives, all the time, but don't understand resources and collaboration well enough to be confident that we can produce change that works for us.
I believe many who visit this site are exceptions whose understanding is powering their projects.
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