Veneers, Misdirection and Manipulations

history 101

 

There are many ways to describe any given thing.  The way in which one chooses to view or attempts to create a common view upon something or somebody has a lot to do with how we perceive its history.

F’rinstance, I suppose you could describe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most memorable character, Sherlock Homes, as a well dressed crackhead musician with a pretty nifty day job who didn’t like girls.

He injected cocaine, played the violin and was a snappy dresser.  But is the that the central truth of his character?  No.  A man given to sketchy habits, certainly, but with a genius for deductive reasoning, and therein lies the crux of his character and its popularity.  He also never existed.

The point of all this being that, if you peel back some of the veneers of what we accept as historical fact about a lot of people and places, what they got up to, why, and the results, you are like to find a lot of cognitive dissonance.  Some purposefully constructed, some simply a matter of a tale told often enough to be accepted as fact.

Goebbels knew all about that.  It was his stock in trade.

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“If you repeat a lie often enough,people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

The present day zeitgeist of “yuh HUH!”, “nuh UH!” isn’t as new as it seems.  The notion of dividing a people against themselves in order to distract them from shenanigans, malarkey and out and out buncombe is as old as governance itself.  However, that doesn’t make it a good idea.

So why do we put up with it?  Because we have accepted that other glossy, oversold notion that, at some point, we are simply obliged to shrug, shift our heads to one side say “That’s just the way things are.”

This is a very valuable toolkit for the people dismantling this country and several others before it to keep people barking at each other instead of them.

The overtly fragmented culture we are presently living in is not without purpose or profit.  And a few posts in, we’re going to take a hard look at some very widely accepted notions that are nothing more than really good PR, designed to keep you well certain that the people who are keeping you lashed to Queen Victoria’s dusty old apron strings, socially and economically and culturally, are the people up the street wearing the same chains.

There’s more to “the way it is” than happenstance and a couple of 8th grade history books, y’all.

Seriously.