There is a rolling and dreadful (in the original sense of “inspires dread” poetry to the words about the final judgement “when the secrets of every heart shall be laid bare.”
To someone who loves her privacy and who is also very sure she’s not the same twerp she was at say 12 or 14 (but a completely different kind of twerp) and who frankly has forgotten most of her misbegotten growing up years, it would be embarrassing to have the thoughts and deeds of that little twerp not only laid bare but pinned squarely on me.
On the other hand, to someone who loves truth and who in recent years has become very aware of how many of the things that are SUPPOSED to be the truth — news, scientific studies, etc — are in fact packaged narrative manipulated by a small set of people for the purpose of giving themselves power (and quite indifferent to the fact their plans would make it hell on Earth for most people) there is a part of me who hungers and thirsts for that truth to be revealed, for us to see, finally and bare for all how many people and organizations who plume themselves on how just, righteous and CARING they are have been screwing… well…. everyone for decades, intentionally, lying intentionally, trying to destroy what is still the last best place on Earth, intentionally.
There is a cleansing power to the truth. My fourth grade school book, unironically advised that you have a window that opens in the kitchen because sunshine “disinfects.” which is true, I suppose in a mostly humid climate where your greatest danger in the kitchen is mold and mildew.
It is true in the metaphorical sense, too. But more importantly, the lack of sunshine, the lack of truth, slowly corrodes. Because we’re humans. We’re attracted to having our own way, to the things we want to do. I was never particularly interested in power, except to the level of controlling my own surroundings and environment, though there I can be outright demanding. I was never interested in power because the saving grace in my character is its immense laziness. Power over others is a lot of work, and it will take time away from writing.
I’ve long since realized that while I’m not alone in that, neither am I the majority. Most people are more industrious than I, they want to control more. And absent public censure and watching them, they will try it by means fair or foul.
Oh, and the means they’re trying are foul indeed. See Seattle’s Revolt of the Elites, for what they are trying to do to shape opinion. They are planting misinformation in a ton of channels, so they can then point to it when the mess they made with handling the homeless is brought home to bear and maintain that their destructive policies are “good” and “helping.”
At that this very sophisticated lying is a new thing. And, yes, stupid. It can last for a while, but overall, people are going to believe their own eyes/living conditions over what the left tells them, no matter how many times. Even the Russian people, far more heavily propagandized, figured out “there is no truth in Pravda.” The greatest danger from this is that they propagandize JUST ENOUGH that people fleeing Seattle will think the problem was “they didn’t spend enough” and buy more and worse homelessness for their new towns.
Note, btw, this is being done by supposed charitable foundations. Because they don’t actually care that their “solution” is making it worse for everyone, particularly, possibly, the supposed targets of their benevolence. No. They care that it’s done their way and according to their (mostly progressive and “let the good people do it) delusions. They’d rather reign over hell than serve those who need it in heaven, is what it amounts to. “Charity”seems to be other name for “command and control.” As, btw, is everything they touch. And if they went into this — once — which some of them might have with the intention of “doing the best thing to make it better,” it’s now devolved to “we’ll just virtue signal and pretend it’s the best.” Yeah.
But they used to get away with this with far less effort. I realized this when I read this post: The ideologue who wrote the textbook calling Trump and his supporters “racists”.
Advanced students are being taught this insanity as the truth. They will be expected to “answer properly” in order to make it to colleges.
If you think this is recent, I have news for you. It has been going on at least since the early 80s because my history book when I was an exchange student contained whoppers at least that large (if more skillfully disguised and about the more distant past.)
It’s just that in the past if a parent noticed it, what was he going to do? Tell everyone that the school books were left wing biased? And then what?
You couldn’t do that in public. First of all, you thought you were alone, because the control of the media gave the left de-facto control of what “everybody knew” so you’d be outing yourself as a right wing loon and the punishment has always been swift on that. The other part, of course, was that even if you complained, as a parent who read the school books you were a tiny minority, compared to the parents who never read them AND those who had no kids. So everyone would think you were crazy and “denying history.”
Now it can be posted and talked about in public, and no matter what the disinformation campaign, we know we’re not alone and the truth WILL out.
This of course gives the impression that society is on the verge of fracturing and that the left has gone insane. They have, of course, but it’s not recent. As for fracturing…
I’ve known marriages where one side never dared criticize the other. There were several reasons for this, but for whatever reason, one side never said anything the other side did was wrong. The end result was that the person who was never called to reality spun further and further from reality and became more and more addicted to “my way.”
Years ago, a critique group fell apart on this.
Even the best people in the best marriages periodically get way too far up their own backsides, because we’re human and things happen. At that time it’s important — perhaps the most important — function of those close to us to say “Uh… that is not so.” Or “Why on Earth did you do that?”
Years ago, I told a friend that I voted Republican, not because they were that much better than the Democrats, but because the press hated them and would keep an eye on them, while the left got a complete pass, which meant they could get crazier and crazier.
I find it bizarre they’re furious at the leaks of Hillary’s malfeasance because it “gave Trump the victory” which is somehow “cheating.”
I don’t think they’re right about giving Trump the victory. I think enough of us just wanted the Clintons to eff off, and when they got there eff off from there, and when they got there–
BUT EVEN IF THEY WERE, this amounts to “we’re furious because we couldn’t hide our candidate’s iffy and outright criminal behavior, and so she didn’t win.” Come again? Why do you want someone who is AT BEST a careless loon and at WORST (and more likely) a (indicted) criminal in power over anything? How is it “cheating” to tell the truth?
It is cheating, in their minds, because it never happened before. The electorate should always, ever, think any corruption is on the right. They should be fed outright laws about the left so they think they’re Simon Pure and give them more power. Why? Well, because “they’re the good guys” who want “the best for everybody.”
Only they don’t. The stories are too numerous to share, but the corruption runs deep in the Democrats. Arguably deeper than among Republicans.
The difference? The left has no checks. No one calls them on their sh*t. If the governor of Virginia were a republican photographed in black face/KKK robes? He’d be out of office. He wouldn’t be able to get a job as a dog catcher. But he’s a Democrat, so most people have never even heard of it.
However, some have. Which is a beginning.
The window is cracked. The sun is starting to shine in. What it illuminates ain’t pretty, but being seen is the first step to dealing with it.
So are we close to a national divorce? I don’t think it’s possible. Not for a couple of generations of selective separation, at least. Though I’ll note most of the marriages I know where one side cannot be wrong, ever, end in divorce, if they don’t end in death first. Some hold on, but… I’m not sure they’re good for both parts.
Perhaps this correction, this ability to see things, comes too late for a course check. Perhaps not. The beauty of the world is that it’s born again, every generation. I know younger conservatives don’t know and can’t comprehend that sense of “I must be wrong, because everyone else thinks this other thing” that the lot of us had growing up.
Perhaps it’s a matter of time. Perhaps sunlight truly will disinfect the national kitchen and the sausage made there will be cleaner.
Until then, remember the words of power “I see you.”
The deeds done in dark? Shout them from the rooftops. Do not give the left their presumption of good, or even of good intentions.
Be not afraid. In the end we win, they lose. Because we fight under the banner of truth, a close cousin of reality. And reality is that which doesn’t go away no matter how much you ignore it.