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Data & Facts


 

The information revolution has created a data and fact driven environment beyond the scope of any preceding communications technology. There is so much information to process that it’s often difficult to make a decision. The specter of guilt associated with not having gathered sufficient info to justify a decision can be overwhelming. This can be felt for even trivial issues. However, this could be one of the more innocent phenomena. 

 We now have speeded up and improved the opportunity to mine or create date that supports a particular bias where impartiality and objectivity suffer; even when they are desperately needed. The scientific community appears to be vulnerable, often especially so, to this temptation.
 
We appear to be at or very near a significant crossroads in human history. A place where good decisions are needed to avoid or mitigate dire circumstances for us all. It’s very frustrating to watch this process for important issues. When so much data , so many facts and so much processing power is available, one would anticipate a speedy and accurate solution. Instead, we seem farther from the answers than ever.
 
One could easily conclude that these wonderful technologies are continually hijacked by special interest groups who use them to promote their own agendas. The agendas, as always, are designed to enrich and/or empower a few at the expense of the many. We also observe that the "few" are becoming an increasingly smaller group and the "many" a larger one.
 
It is also interesting to observe some other spin-offs from the new technologies. Most of them can be lumped into mindless, even harmful entertainment and generation of information targeted at creating "wedge" issues. Both of these have the affect of diverting attention away from the main issues under consideration. In most cases this strategy results in a victory. No matter how slight the margin or how corrupt the process was to obtain it, it’s in the win column for the group who does it best.
 
Thus, in the face of more information and better tools to get it out there to more people faster, we have an increasingly unaware and more easily manipulated public. Based on this we can only conclude that most of the purveyors of information as well as the trash entertainment are either being manipulated themselves or are playing a deliberate roll in the corruption of the public mind.
 
Propaganda, misinformation, and activities that divert attention have always been primary tools of totalitarian regimes. Today this is being done on a global scale and by supposedly democratic societies. There is no one region that is the only or even the primary recipient. There seems to be no one source. So exactly what group does this agenda serve and what is their objective?
 
It appears that this information is not so easily found. There are lots of theories. Some are more credible than others but this is because the answer has to be inferred.
No one entity is claiming responsibility. Yet.
 
It would seem extremely prudent to develop reliable and trusted sources whereby we can discover or correctly infer what’s likely to come next and where it’s coming from.  The time for doing that seems very short.
 
So how does one proceed, assuming he/she is generally not at peace with plodding the path to some elitist group’s realization of ‘their world’ following their orders?
 
Log off and turn off the data bombardment
Purge mind of sermons, speeches, and polls.
Imagine life without coercion or pressure.
No shadowy figures with hidden agendas.
 
In a quiet place with pencil and paper.
Decide if you’re happy with you and your country.
Decide if your thoughts give you peace and pride.
Are those in authority speaking for you?
 
Find ways to express how you really feel.
Use words of your own, spoken or written.
Use poetry, visual arts, free imagination.
Find like-minded others who share your ideas.
 
Decide.
Do you want to dwell with the sleeping flock?
Support shadow governments with your excellent efforts?
Think of ways to survive if the answers are ‘NO’.
 
Think of helping others to realize their answers.
Think of you and your others creating a tribe.
Think of good interaction with other free tribes.

Forget about changing the old regime. Thinking and acting will cause it to die.

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