Chaos and Confusion – Educate Yourself
By Rebecca Besser
I don’t think anyone in the entire world feels stable right now. Everyday something new, wrong, questionable, messed up, and unreasonable is being thrown at everyone in an attempt to make them afraid or confused. Let’s face it…we’re not being given any form of comfort or reassurance about anything from anyone.
Instead we get lies from every angle. We all know we aren’t getting the truth, or at least the full truth. We all know to some extent we’re being violated in some way by what someone else says, wants, or does.
We’re left to try to sort things out, to find what’s real and what matters. The hardest part is that the same things don’t matter to everyone. There are so many views and angles that it just adds to the overall confusion. And no one seems to want to sort that confusion out in any way that will actually benefit anyone.
Unfortunately people are accepting the fear and hiding from anything remotely close to the truth. Why? Because they can’t face what acknowledging it would make them feel or realize. No one likes to find out they’re wrong, or that something they’ve said or done has caused harm rather than good. No one wants to find out they’ve believed lies and based their reality and actions on those lies. In response, they swallow those lies, and more lies, scream that they’re truth, and lash out at anyone who says different than what they’ve been told to believe. Yes, told.
Most people who believe lies don’t look for truth. They hear something and automatically believe it’s the truth, because they don’t believe the sources would lie to them. Instead of looking deeper into things, researching fact, reading, looking at things from the angle they believe and from the angle of opposition to evaluate if they’re wrong or there’s more to an issue, they just believe. They trust with blind faith. They follow because they’re scared of the feeling of not fitting in or being liked. Unfortunately this leads to more lies and confusion.
As human beings, this is a pit that we easily fall into. We’ve done it in the past and we’ll do it in the future. But if we’re aware of it, we can do better. We can search for those deeper meanings, the truth buried beneath the shiny lies, and build our existence on knowledge and not fear everything that’s thrown at us.
We don’t have to be afraid if we learn the truth.
Instead, each and every person can look deeper, stop blindly trusting or following or accepting without question everything that gets thrown in our faces by the world every day.
It’s a personal choice.
We can make a choice to educate ourselves. We have the power over our minds and our lives, but only if we accept it and do something about it.
We have to educate ourselves. We have to take responsibilities for our thoughts, our choices, and our actions.
Are you scared of COVID-19? Do research! Do you know how the disease and treatments work? Do you know how the tests work? Do you know if they’ve isolated the virus to create the “gold standard” for test accuracy? Do you know how accurate the tests are? Are there tests that are more accurate than others? Do you know how the numbers you’re being told have been compiled? Do you know what studies have been done on asymptomatic transmission? Do you know what studies have been done on the benefits/harms of masks? Do you know why there’s a conflict in procedure from one health agency’s suggestions to another’s? Do you know why your governor or other leader is making the decisions they’re making? Do you know what data/science your leader is making decisions based on? Do you know what age group of people are being affected in your area? Do you know your actual risks?
Are you afraid of what’s happening with politics? Do research! What’s the candidate’s track record on the issues that matter to you? How have they voted in the past? What have they done to benefit/harm on the issues that matter to you? How do they treat different economic/social groups that matter to you? What have they done (good or bad) that will tell you if that candidate is the one you want to support? What do they support as far as healthcare and choices, taxes, upholding the people’s rights, etc.? (I’m talking about mayors all the way up to country leaders, as people’s eyes have been opened up lately as to the local government’s involvement in their everyday lives.)
Are you interested or concerned about a movement and/or organization? Do research! What do they believe in? What’s their mission? What’s their end goal? Where does the money from donations actually go? How can you get involved in supporting/opposing? Why are they doing what they do? Are their claims valid?
You get the idea. Whatever is paramount in your mind or life: Do reseach!
You have the tools to educate yourself. You have to choose to do it. You have to choose to learn things for yourself. You have to ask the hard questions and find out what you believe and act on what you want.
Don’t leave your mind/thoughts and/or the basis of your actions up to anyone else. Don’t let their thoughts be your thoughts because you’re too lazy to find things out for yourselves.
Read the articles, watch the videos (or full videos if you’ve only seen shortened clips), and talk to someone who believes different than you who’s willing to discuss the topic in a calm, mature fashion.