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There is nothing more insidious or evil than the politics of misinformation and fear. It has permeated our culture and it is a disease that just might kill us. It has created a schism so wide that it seems almost insurmountable. The truth is that the people behind this misinformation and fear have a far deeper agenda than funding and winning political campaigns. If they can effectively divide and conquer and create a constant state of fear and confusion, they can take control of every aspect of our lives.
This is how Hitler took power in Germany.
Once you create an 'enemy' that people can blame for their problems you start down a pathway that leads to eventual complete disregard for humanity and the intrinsic value of human life. Once you start publicly preaching hatred of those you deem to be the 'enemy', especially when done under the guise of sharing factual information, you are absolutely and completely responsible for the violence this kind of misinformation will most certainly provoke.
People are hard wired in their most primal brain to form clans and groups. They can easily forget that they are united as citizens of a country or as human beings on a planet if they become convinced that their way of thinking and moving through the world is entirely dependent on everyone else in the world thinking and moving in the same way. This is what creates political and religious extremism.
I like to think we're yet again in the center of a great bait and switch. It's about a handful of individuals with excessive amounts of power and money who think they can manipulate the masses by dividing them. They've bought our political candidates and they've bought our news sources. They are banking on the part of human nature that possesses an innate need for survival. With enough pressure, this becomes, in it's most extreme, an extraordinary level of selfishness.
I'm going to get mine any way I can and I'm not going to help anyone else no matter who they are or what they need and I am going to attack anyone who gets in my way.
It's the Culture of Me.
It is not, in point of fact, all about any one individual. Society is actually about the Power of We. Once we stop buying into the idea of 'the other', we begin to approach life from a state of grace, love and acceptance. The most beautiful aspect of being alive is the knowledge that each and every one of us is a unique creative expression and that it is not possible for any other person on the planet to be, think, move or feel in exactly the same way. Yet, we all want and need the same things.
We all want and need to be loved and accepted for exactly who we are. So then, that common and basic need unites us.
Judge less, love more.
Wake up, push away the smokescreen and stop drinking the Kool-Aid served by the Cult of Fear.
The founding fathers are being bandied about a lot these days, but they made it clear that it is the right of each and every citizen of America to pursue happiness. It is our duty as citizens of this country to ensure that right is held high. Higher than religious or political or social or ethnic differences. Higher than the politics of fear can ever reach.
I have seen the enemy and I will fight to my last dying breath to expose the politics of fear for the ruthless evil it truly is. We are one. One.
E Pluribus Unim "Out of many, one."
Don't let them make you forget that.