Friday, February 15, 2013

Perception = Reality = Truth (Not)

While originally used to describe psychological warfare, the term Perception Management has drifted into common business and political language.
Politicians, businesses, and the media have all caught on to this trick and are employing it in campaigns, marketing and selection of what to print or publish on the web.
Seems to me I remember something in the Bible about satan going around “looking for someone to devour.”
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV)
Today’s politicians have honed perception management to a high degree. If we can but understand that just because someone with a well-known name says something, does not necessarily make it true. Likewise, frequently repeating it does not establish that it is true.
Scripture firmly establishes that the truth of all things must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (See Deut. 17:6, 19:15; Matt. 18:16, 2 Cor. 13:1; 1 Tim. 5:19; and Heb. 10:28) The implication in these passages is that the second and third spokesmen are driven not just to parrot what another has stated, but to ethically and with integrity of purpose affirm the statements made.
Certainly any intelligent person capable of critical thinking will understand that just because you read something posted on the Internet, does not solely, by itself, make it true.
Yet, surprisingly, many sheeple have been trained in school to uncritically look to published sources as speaking truth. Like sheep they go along with so-called conventional wisdom and are being led astray. Nothing illustrates this better than the recent election. Voters (eligible or not, alive or not) chose to vote as they were told by popular candidates to. This past election was so corrupt as to be laughable.
So-called Assault Weapons
Using the tragedies of Sandy Hook and the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings, politicians have advocated strongly for a gun ban or (better yet in their biased eyes) a total disarming of Americans through forced or voluntary gun confiscation. Ignore the historical fact that at no time in history has that worked except to allow tyrants to rule over the disarmed people. Perception and not reality is key in the current gun violence debate. If we are not careful as a nation, we, like the Frog in the Kettle, will unwittingly see the erosion of the rights and responsibilities that formerly made our nation great.
Even the term assault weapon is a false, politically generated description of firearms kept and used for lawful purposes by law-abiding citizens as provided by the founders of this nation. Weapons described as assault weapons may resemble those used by military forces, but are functionally unlike military weapons. Magazines capable of carrying more than ten bullets do not by themselves make an weapon an assault weapon. Guns capable of accepting larger magazines are no greater threat than smaller magazines. All the violent criminal has to do is carry more of the smaller magazines. The time to switch out magazines is inconsequential. Guns typically sold to the public are of the semi-automatic variety which require a trigger pull to fire each bullet. Military weapons are capable of allowing selection of fully automatic firing of bullets.
The government is complicent in providing an environment of gun-free zones that encourage criminals to violate the rights of citizens. Disarming citizens denies them the means of protection for life and liberty.
Guns themselves are only inanimate devices which may be used by either law-abiding people for good (hunting, sports, or self-defense) or by criminals in their criminal enterprises. Guns by themselves are not evil, but evil people may use them for evil purposes.
The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution acknowledges the rights and encourages citizens to bear arms for protection and resistance to the tyranny of government.
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Much has already been written about governments that have disarmed their citizens in the past to the detriment of the lives of those citizens and so I will not rehearse those same situations in this article. Suffice to say that we had better pay attention to world history and avoid repeating those same mistakes.
2013 State of the Union Address
President Obama made many unsubstantiated statements in his address that cannot be backed up by facts. He promised many programs for which he did not identify a source of revenue to pay for, but assured the audience that, not to worry, they would not be a burden on the country.
He promised jobs would be created, but did not identify just how that would happen. Maybe he is just planning on adding government jobs.
As long as we don’t get too technical, many of his promises sounded good, except for minor details about just how they would manifest in the coming year.
How do we know a politician is lying?
Because their lips are moving! This is painting with a broad brush and is certainly untrue of some politicians. The ethical decline of America unhappily has resulted in far too many in politics departing from their integrity and personal responsibility for truth.
What is truth?
In February 1970, renowned country singer Johnny Cash released a song entitled What is Truth? It was amazingly prescient and the words of the song are even more applicable today.
In the lyrics, Johnny has an elderly gent lament over the disappearance of the old songs and the “funny music” the young folks play. He moves on to a teen sitting in Sunday School learning about dying and reflects that this young man may himself give his life before another year is out. Another young man doing his civic duty is vilified and ignored because he doesn’t dress like others. He closes with a deep reflection that, “Yeah, the ones that you're calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while. This old world's wakin' to a new born day and I solemnly swear that it'll be their way. You better help the voice of youth find; "What is truth?" 
In today’s educational climate of unbridled tolerance, anything goes. Millennials don’t have a clue about the true history of our nation and the values which undergird it. Truth is whatever celebrities and politicians tell them it is. Critical thinking has gone on hiatus! We train our children and young adults to take tests, not to think critically.

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