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Gaslight the Truth

What if you had information that could save people? What if you took that information to the media, but they switched it around to make it sound like your information was dangerous instead of life-saving? You might ask, why would anyone want to keep away life-saving information from the public? That’s what I’d like to know, too, and it’s why I always research everything I’m told.

Allow me to give an example.

There are government secrets that all U.S. presidents become privy to once they are elected and sworn in to office (true of other world leaders as well). We’re told these secrets are a matter of national security. Sounds reasonable, right? We just accept the answer that the public can’t know the secrets, no questions asked.

Now, we’ve seen people who believe there are UFOs regularly coming to earth. I’ve seen these people being portrayed as psycho tinfoil-hat wearers. I admit, I thought the idea of alien visitors was a far-fetched notion. Just a few weeks ago, the pentagon released videos of unidentified flying objects. They admitted there have been many sightings and experiences of similar unexplained phenomena by our military.

I have no idea what these things are that have been sighted, but I’m re-evaluating the idea. The government hasn’t explained any further, and maybe they don’t know either. This is merely an example of a secret a president might know that they consider a matter of national security. This was huge news, but no one was paying attention. The media chose the important story for us, and their story is all about the virus. If this had been any other time, the media would’ve had us fearing space alien invaders instead.

Now, let’s go back to imagining you have information that you know can save people. The media reports that your info is dangerous, even though you know it’s life-saving. The media gaslights you, says you’re unbalanced. It sure seems like you’re crazy, because you’re desperate for someone to believe you. Plus, you believe everyone is out to get you. Paranoid much?

Again, why would they block life-saving information? I don’t know, but this is why I like to use critical thinking. For me, the term means to be critical of my own thinking. I actually stop to listen to people who are being berated or gaslighted. From there, I ask myself, “Could they know something the rest of us don’t? What about other stories we hear in the media? Could all of my previous opinions about a certain person, a certain message, or certain news story have been misconstrued?”

Asking those questions are not where it ends. Research is involved. It’s not difficult to find answers these days. It’s not like we have to go to the library and dig through index cards and microfiche.

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Would you believe me if I told you I have information that could actually unify most of society, but I won’t share it for fear of being gaslighted? It has nothing to do with UFOs; that was just an example.

I’m all about self-awareness and introspection. After I was extremely unhappy with the results of the last big election, I stopped and asked myself, “Why am I angry? Why is our society so divided? What if I’ve misunderstood some things? What if I was lied to and I believed the lies?” I actually despise having to do research, but I felt it was time I did some deep diving anyway.

The research I do includes both sides of a story, not just the one that justifies me. Do people want to be right, or be happy? It almost seems as if some want to remain divided to justify their emotional state or self-righteous position. Who benefits from a divided society? We have a choice to remain miserable and divided, or search for the truth and be unified. I’m not going to lie, the evidence I found is a difficult pill to swallow. It’s hurtful and scary, but only at first. Once past the initial reaction to a hard truth, it sets us free from the chains of division.


17 thoughts on “Gaslight the Truth”

    1. I think you’re right about letting others tell them what to think, Lynette. I also think that some are looking to justify a reason for their emotional state, and aren’t looking to break free from that emotion.

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. The weather is gorgeous here.

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      1. It has been good here, as well. Bears are out, frogs are singing wolves are howling and yipping, and chickadees are calling all night (it’s not really getting dark – sort of darkish twilight from about 11-2, so the birds don’t stop twittering). 🙂

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  1. Hi Lori, You made a valid point how we should always use our own critical thinking skills and take what we read and hear with a grain of salt. Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

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  2. If we want the truth, we must take the time and go in search of it. I suppose some people are just too lazy and don’t want to be bothered. Sadly, it seems true investigative journalism is a thing of the past.

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    1. Yes, and you know I spend a lot of time researching, Jill. I feel like I took the red pill and have to watch everyone else still leaving in the Matrix. But, we trudge forward.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  3. You sure can’t trust the news reports to be accurate anymore. They are most often slanted either to the right or the left. I thought news anchor people were not supposed to give their opinion on events they report (unless they’re doing an opinion piece). I can point to most news anchors and say “He’s a leftie, or he’s right-winged). An honest reporter of exactly what happened is hard to find these days. Critical thinking is needed now more than ever!

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    1. I totally agree, Anneli. I’m constantly playing catch up with each new story to make sure I can find the facts instead of opinions.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. I like that you don’t accept statements without question. I like how you do your own research on both sides. I am like that also. I have found it frustrating to explain to others some events in history are now shown to be lies. People don’t care, they don’t want to know. I caused myself frustration.

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    1. Hi David. I have to tell you, I just noticed I had something in my spam folder that I did not put there. So, I clicked on it to find your comment. I have no idea why you went to spam, but I apologize for not seeing it sooner to respond to your comment.

      I know what you mean about getting frustrated with people who don’t understand about the misreporting of some events in history. I get frustrated with things like that, too.

      Thank you for coming over to my blog. I enjoy meeting bloggers, and I wish I would’ve seen it sooner.

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  5. It sounds like you really do make an effort to sort through so much information and glean the truth that feels right to you, Lori. And that you’re willing to keep searching for the truth if your original instinct is revealed to be untrue. That is really admirable. I find it challenging to discern between truth and lies, as it seems everyone keeps giving the information in convoluted ways. For example, years ago I learned that statistics can often be able to back up whatever view you want to express. I have listened to several conspiracy theory YouTube videos and kept feeling into what felt true to me. It felt like a hodgepodge, the presenters giving facts that showed one angle of truth with certain aspects that might be validated, but it was all lumped together in a questionable way with other things that felt overblown or untrue. I feel that way about mainstream media as well. They often present really clear truths; other times their views are slanted and skewed. When I go research the issues it often comes to a place where you have to choose what feels right. And with our divisions in today’s culture (sigh) it feels like what feels true to one person doesn’t for the next one. Double sigh. Thanks for taking on this issue and writing your thoughts.


    1. I can understand why you’d feel it’s difficult to discern who has truthful information. Some of the information I’ve found actually has an original paper trail of documents and dates.

      Astrology is not something I base my life around, but I do fit the main symbol of my sign, the scales. For me, balance is essential. I use my emotions to drive me and logic to find truth. When I go too far one way or the other, my decisions tend to turn into a mess. This is just my personal experience, I’m not saying it works this way for everyone. I made my last election decision based on feelings/emotion. It was not an informed decision. I learned from it and won’t do that again.

      We all do the best we can with the information we digest, and I appreciate you sharing your experience. Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Kathy.

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