For several decades now, in growing preponderance, education at all levels has taught that one narrative is as good as another. There is no such thing as truth, just what ever the truth is to you, which is identical to the truth being whatever you wish it to be. The closest the post-Modernist line of thinking can admit to being truth is consensus. The result of this philosophy is self-evident: who ever can form consensus can define truth.
Mussolini would be so proud.
We no longer debate how to solve problems in this country, we no longer even debate what the problem may be or attempt to root cause that problem and address it. We now attempt to gather sycophants into a consensus in order to define truth in a manner that is to our advantage and to the disadvantage of those who are not part of our consensus. It is irrational and intentionally so – selfishness, egoism, greed and hate must always resort to the irrational to get its’ way. That truth always and inevitably defeats selfishness, egoism, greed and hate is why the purveyors of selfishness, egoism, greed and hate were required to redefine truth as consensus rather than as objective, definable and meaningful.
We win this battle with truth – objective, definable and meaningful. Truth is the enemy of these people who wish to destroy. Not the truth that we find convenient and create as a result of consensus but truth that conforms to fact and actuality.
As Goebbels and Lenin long ago recognized – the most efficient way to lie is to omit the facts that would lead people to an entirely different conclusion than the conclusion they would arrive at with those facts. Our entire education system, our entire social system, our entire political system has been reconstructed on the foundation of the omission of facts in order to lead people to entirely different conclusions than they would arrive at if they possessed those facts. Ironic in the age of the internet is it not?
This omitting of facts is effective because we have so divided ourselves into social and political tribes that have as a component of their consensus truth that the people in the other tribes are not to be listened to – essentially they are dehumanized for believing a consensus is bogus. We have become such a weak and absurd people that we no longer particularly care if our consensus truth actually is bogus – all we care about is silencing those who might point out that our consensus truth is bogus.
Somehow the post-modernist have convinced a significant number of people that through the process of never questioning if your consensus truth is bogus, never objectively measuring your consensus truth against any standard other than your own selfishness, while attacking those who do question your consensus truth – it is somehow the path to peace, prosperity and happiness.
At this point in history it is fair to say that this nation is primarily composed of packs of idiots – often well educated idiots – at each others throats over who is threatening their consensus truth and hence their selfishness and ego.
Never mind real truth, never mind objectively measuring if what you believe to be true – you know – is actually true or not. Measuring and evaluating our beliefs against objective standards to determine if they are actually true is so Cro-Magnon.
The only solution is humility and seeking objective truth – even if we do not agree on objective truth the change of direction in seeking truth will bring an end to the chaos.
What do you think the odds are of that happening in the near future?