“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.” Mark Twain
In this week’s podcast I talk about Kaleidoscopic Consciousness; a multi-faceted, everychanging lens that we need to activate whenever we are trying to make sense of something. It’s only when you have looked at something from multiple perspectives that you can even begin to see the truth. In today’s polarised environment, it’s easy to get caught up in narratives that keep us divided against each other, especially when our emotions are played on by the media.
Yet their sound and light show only gives us a very narrow band of information with which to view the world and spiritual growth depends on expanding that bandwidth so we can see more clearly. We have become so used to accepting overly simplified causes for the problems in the world that actively educating ourselves, so we form our own ideas, seems too effortful and potentially dangerous. If you think for yourself, you now run the risk of being public shamed and attacked, so keeping your mouth shut and following the crowd is more appealing.
Both Joseph Goebbels and Vladimir Lenin expressed the idea that “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” This is the hallmark of any totalitarian regime and today’s mainstream media. The only way to see through the lies is to clean your inner windshield of old beliefs and other people’s ideas. Then formulate your own by looking at as many different sources and narratives as you can. Your reward will be clarity and stability, because you will no longer be swayed by popular opinion. You will be able to stand alone, comforted by your efforts to seek the truth that so many are afraid to find.
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