(I thought it would be nice to start with a relaxing sort of picture).
Anyway, bearing in mind the sort of stuff you encounter in the public domain, whatever the source, the following have occurred to me.
Truth is the preserve of natural events, such as letting go of a stone and its falls on your foot, or standing in the rain and getting wet. Everything else we do or believe is up to interpretation, evaluation or hindsight.
I do try and avoid too much viewing of social media platforms such as Facebook or Instagram. The output thereupon leads me to wonder if the Government described in Nineteen Eighty Four was simply too intense, over thinking the problems and just needed to tone it down a notch or two. Now that mindset cannot be healthy, either.
Usually an extreme right winger has only to open their mouth and you know you are in the company of an idiot. Whereas their opposite number on the left will spend an hour or so talking, or producing ten pages before you reach the same conclusion. (Note to self: Caution….Mr Hugh Bris might be around).
If someone does claim something is a False Flag operation there is a very high probability you are listening to or reading something from someone who has come across something they violently do not like but have not the patience or constructive mindset to form a sensible, and intelligent argument. Or simply cannot because there is no evidence to support their claim.
If you have worked in Government Service long enough, the twin ideas of highly organised operations to enact a Conspiracy and efficiently cover it up is such a laughable notion. It is more likely that said government will float the idea of a Conspiracy to cover up and distract the public from some immense screw up.
History suggests the salutary lesson that those who start wars do not often get to finish them on their terms.
Thanks to Climate Change Deniers you can’t even use the old fall back of discussing the weather as a neutral topic of conversation.
Avoid on-line reviews that have the heading ‘Meh’. It indicates the person has a short attention span and never bothered to pay attention to the themes of the work.
I might be wrong, but probably am not, but it would appear that the word ‘Woke’ was once only used by folk who wanted to appear sharp and up with the times, but is now appears only to be used by folk who don’t like social progress or equality.
We all have our triggers and tipping points where we slip from calls for justice into demands for retribution. Beware they don’t settle into a habit.
There are actually Facts, it’s just that they get swamped in social media commentary.
As long as it has a willing audience Evil is very adept at appearing reasonable, plain, common sense.
Great people who achieve Great Things still do not deserve a free pass on every aspect of their lives. Do not deify them. But do not allow others to try and remove the achievements by concentrating on those failures.
Within ourselves in those deep secret places we would rather not visit, there lurk our irrational types of prejudices. Admit they are there, but do not pay them court. Keep their doors locked and barred to stifle their whisperings.
Never take Democracy for granted. Not only can it be taken from you by the snap of the fingers, but also by slow, steady, seemingly acceptable degrees. The latter being the most effective. On the other hand lurks one of the great questions on Democracy. How much you are prepared to sacrifice to ensure you do not lose it all to the ever restless forces of Intolerance?
You can justify anything, as long as you ignore Justice.
We can all come up with apparently wise and incisive comments. We can all Talk The Talk. The question is (note to self). Can we Walk The Walk?