February 19th, 2002

new year's eve

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Ah, another exciting day at work. I'm hoping there's a light at the end of this tunnel... it would be a shame to have to switch tunnels.

Listening to: A Nightmare Before Christmas - This Is Hallowe'en
Drinking: gin and tonic - I actually sliced the lime this time!

Have you ever stopped to consider how much of the information you know has been filtered for you? Presented in the method and format that someone else wants you to see it in? Naturally, this happens each day with everyday interactions; people present their cases, arguments and stories in what light they want you to see them in. But how far does this really go? We're always told about the unbiased reporting of newspapers and news reports, but how truthful is that? And even if they are trying to be unbiased, where are they getting these stories from?

Money makes the world go 'round, and those with the money decide how the world goes 'round. This is not a new concept. However, things have changed somewhat; instead of outright telling you what to think, agencies have use of psychology to aid them with influencing the public. Governments sway how we think about politics, and position us to think their way about what the issues are, who the enemy is, and what should be done about it. Pharmaceutical companies manipulate what we think about health and medicines; haven't we survived thousands of years without their 'divine' knowledge, which seems, more often than not, to come with its own set of side effects? How long have we been subjected to this?

Starting when we're children, we're told how society works, what food to eat, what clothes to wear... we grow up thinking that 'this' is the way things are; the way things are supposed to be. We are taught to trust authority, when, in fact, many times we cannot. Yup, that's right - personal experience talking on that one...

Bear an open mind to what you're told, and what you read. Start with this: The Doctor Within . Keep in mind that one must question where this information comes from as well, but it makes a good point - we must learn to think for ourselves!

If you're perusing through your local bookstore or library, try to find An Underground Education as well; this book does not discuss current aspects as the aforementioned website does, but delves into historical discrepancies found in many different areas - sex, religion, science, crime & punishment... history is obviously not as clean and pristine as the school books would have you believe!
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