Bit of a rhetorical question really, as I have already formed my own opinions. A copy of a British newspaper handed out on Etihad airways, “The Daily Mail”, was enough to remind me that it’s nothing to do with reporting truth.
Well even the above sentence wasn’t “the truth”. Actually, I had to pick up the newspaper from a stand prior to boarding the plane, so technically it wasn’t “handed out”. It was self-service so wasn’t actually even offered. It might have been if I’d been flying business or first. But I wasn’t.
Funny how short-cuts in writing could end up being “not the truth”.
Perhaps there’s a broader question. With so many people valuing truth and honesty so highly, how come there is so much rubbish printed, that’s frankly just spun to suit the writer or the writer’s bosses agenda ? Or more’s the point how come people actually keep on lapping this crap-soup up ?
It seems an odd paradox that people who say they demand truth, actually seem to the large extent to prefer to read what is not truth. More they seem to be reading a collective paradigm, which is rehashed and reworded in a million different ways. Well that’s certainly how the “The Daily Mail” seems to me.
Reminds me of the Michael Douglas film, “Falling Down”, near the end the detective says to Bill (the protagonist) :-
Sergeant Prendergast: Is that what this is about? You’re angry because you got lied to? Is that why my chicken dinner is drying out in the oven? Hey, they lie to everyone. They lie to the fish. But that doesn’t give you any special right to do what you did today. The only thing that makes you special is that little girl. Now let’s go. Lets go!
Have to admit that line in bold made me laugh, it’s a good humoured way to think about the whole thing – we get lied to all the time, but not going to let that spoil my enjoyment of life !
Perhaps I should explain a little about the movie. Bill loses his job, his family etc, and is living at home with his mother. He was once a successful man, working on cutting edge stuff, with a lovely family, even has a personalised licence plate on his car. He had status, success and security. Somehow he’s managed to lose it all. One day he’s had enough of “eating shit”, and goes on a rampage, presumably as some sort of rectification or reassertion of his self-respect. He tries to right wrongs in his strong actions, but sadly ends up being the bad guy. Two wrongs don’t make a right ?
And why was Bill angry ? Because he’d invested his whole life in a paradigm that wasn’t “true”, every bit of his comfort zone was a crock and well bullshit, not to put too fine a point on it. It’s humiliating, it’s frustrating, it’s strikes at all he holds good, sacred and dear. In the case of someone with nothing to lose, the fallout is potentially immense. In “Falling Down” Bill finds his inner warrior, but unfortunately, it’s way way over the top and far far too much.
And who’s really at fault ? We all need to seek out the truth ourselves, through our own experience. So most responsibility rests with Bill for not having sought “the truth”, and swallowed some of the bitter pills along the way. However I think one needs to temper that with at least some value placed on innocence and trust. So it’s not clear cut. What is certain to me is that blaming other people for having been lied to probably isn’t the solution. Enlightening oneself is.
So it’s an interesting question, for opinion. Perhaps a better question would be – “Why do journalists lie?” or “Why do people lie?” or “Why do people believe lies?” but hey this is my blog, maybe I’ll blog about that later …
Perhaps I will learn something, the journey is of interest to me, not so much the destination. I’m interested in your opinions, not looking for solutions, support, advice or help, I don’t need and I don’t want. I’ve already formed my own opinions, and my paradigm works for me. Preaching won’t “save” me, but sometimes mentors and friends change or refine my perspectives. So have some respect if you have something to add.
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