The Fictional Truth

We are in the middle of a pandemic and also the global and national predicament, not to mention, most of us are confused with a lot of questions and quite predictably turn to news. Alas!
I feel like we have no where left to turn to. Like like we are stuck in a loop.

Joseph Goebbels, a German Nazi Politician said, “A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth”. Almost everything in our present post-truth, modern world, is based on this single statement. This is the era of fake news. Our media shapes perceptions; all the allegations, investigations, trials, tribulations and decisions are made here. If there’s anything that I learnt from all of this is, if media comes to my home, they’ll find me guilty for the crimes I had no idea of.

From religion to advertisements, I feel, we are running on fragile balance between truth and fiction. It’s always easy to weave fiction; because of our ability and the need to be heard and seen in social groups, people tend to believe in the crowd Or link it to centuries old faith. Works like magic!

Truth is always hard to handle and impossible to process. Can we, you and I, handle the truth about the food we eat, clothes we wear, about how we twisted and turned faith of centuries into nothingness, of how we are using God as a psychological weapon? how we ruined the earth we call home? and how we all are to blame for all the bad in the world?

There is good too, I don’t deny it. But I don’t run away from bad. I have learned to acknowledge the problem. Acknowledging a problem is the only way to solve it.

Truth costs relations. And in present world, who wants to lose faith of someone important or powerful? A lie is thus fed a million times, until it becomes the ultimate truth. We believe in what we hear repeatedly.

~ 🧜

24 Comments

  1. I sympathize with the point you’re making. However, I think we often tend to focus too much on the whole “post-truth” discourse. There’s nothing extraordinary about the period we’re living in. Fictional “truths” have been there for most of human history. For better or worse, we are living in an age when speaking publicly about post-truth is possible and does not attract consequences. This was often not the case.
    And the more you know about how it used to be, and about how people pushed back and rediscovered a way out of post-truth, the more you tend to be (moderately) optimistic.

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  2. Who can we believe? What difference will believing “him/her” make? There is One we can believe, and more than just accept as true, but fully trust: Jesus. He is “the’ Truth . . . and it got Him crucified. Philippians 3:7-11.

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  3. Thank you for sharing!… I usually follow my heart, rarely go wrong…. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” (Roy T. Bennett)… 🙂

    Until we meet again, hope all is well in your part of the universe and life is all that you wish for it to be!.. 🙂

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  4. Well said. I have always been a person to naturally believe something that someone says, I guess because I myself am honest so I’m generally not suspicious.
    But now it seems every time I read something, afterwards I read something else which contradicts it. For example, Donald Trump has Corona – then lots of outlets were saying does he really have corona or not. Everything feels uncertain at all times. It’s a really strange time we’re living in. I am glad that I have good honest people close to me. My family and my friends. That lifts my spirits.

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  5. OH so true, and a source of many rants in my own blog. I had to step back from pointing it out so much. The anger and frustration it was causing pointing out how all the media is playing with truth and tearing down civilization was unhealthy

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