It originated from the Greek word “Historia”, which means inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation. It is presently defined as a continuous, typically chronological, record of important or public events or of a particular trend or institution (wikipedia). As I dove into website and books of historical events, I find myself pondering on the veracity of the information that I have gathered. It seems that most of what I have learned in our school history class are only one side of the story. Information of which is mostly exaggerated and some even fabricated for indoctrination of the people. There are a lot of examples of these fabrications of information and in our current times, people tend to trust in these information without doing any of their own research on that particular subject. Nowadays, the population is more aware and infatuated with what a celebrity is wearing, eating or even thinking than any other information that is available to us. All these news and information on these redundancies are made to seem more important than that of war, inhumane acts, pollution and many others.
The mainstream news and information outlets only provides information that tends to sway towards what the appointment of power in that particular country or corporation want us to ponder about in an explicit view of just one perception. You can clearly expect these entity to only show us certain information while withholding others. No matter what, we as the people hold the power of choice. We can just blindly accept it or we can choose to learn more before making the decision on that information. We as the population will need to have these information interpreted according to our own beliefs and understanding while keeping an open mind which is much more difficult said than done. We live in the age of information but we are never well-informed.
“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” A quote by Friedrich Wihelm, a German philosopher whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
Here are some links of evidence that shows us some of the exaggeration and confabulation of information that Countries or rather the Government want us to know and not know.
1. September 11, 2001 – Coordinated terrorist attacks by Islamist Terrorist Group Al-Qaeda on United States. Please see the Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth website (HERE). They are a non-profit non-partisan organization of architects, engineers and affiliates dedicated to exposing the falsehood and revealing facts about this tragedy.
2. 2003, US military invasion of Iraq. This may be by far, the most comprehensive and misleading campaign of government propaganda in US history. Watch the ‘Hardball’ interview (HERE) with former CIA deputy director on the Iraq invasion. Here is another article, from the Independent and Global Research, of the 20 lies about the Iraq invasion.
3. Global Climate Change. For some, climate change is a natural occurring phenomena while for others, it is human induced. Here there are two different websites that gives you information on both sides. (1 & 2)
These information can be easily obtained anywhere and anytime. With the use of our portable smart devices, we have the ability to search, understand and even provide our own point of views on a particular subject. However, we at times, tend to be the culprits when it comes to fabricating and exaggerating particular events and information like, when reminiscing the past, describing a series of events or even conveying information. The intelligent capacity of our brain and imagination tends to alter and distort such information gathered and align it to our own perception and beliefs. This is especially when that particular information creates a conflicting paradigm of your beliefs. This will result in a feeling of discomfort which will ultimately lead to one’s changing their attitudes, perceptions and beliefs to reduce discomfort and restore balance within the mind.
We, as humans, have a drive within to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony or to avoid dissonance. Leon Festinger, a social psychologist, theorized that a powerful motive to maintain cognitive consistency can give rise to irrational and sometimes maladaptive behavior. According to Festinger, we hold a lot of cognition or perception of the world and ourselves, and when beliefs or information clash and evoke discrepancy, it will result in a state of tension or stress known as cognitive dissonance. As the experience seems to have an unpleasant effect to self, we are motivated to reduce or eradicate that particular information to meet and achieve consonance. Read this on Leon’s experiment to show cognitive dissonance.
There are a few ways we can overpower and even extinguish cognitive dissonance. Here is an article by Will Meek PHD on how to resolve cognitive dissonance. Below are the few methods and also strategies which may help to reduce the emotional discomfort that results from cognitive dissonance.
1. Minimize or Avoid
4. Change the Beliefs or Actions
Here is a quote from the book, ‘The Universe in a single Atom: the Convergence of Science and Spirituality’, by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, which was published in 2005.
“My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.”
I feel that we need to take responsibility of whatever information taught or provided by researching and identifying the real from the fabricated and decide from there on which we will likely believe based on facts that are presented. I understand that we all have opinions on certain issues however, please exercise caution and also tolerance as one man’s food is another man’s poison. Opinions are indeed the lowest form of communication while empathy is the highest. In these current time, we as the people, have to always keep an open mind towards any information provided and also to keep an open heart to find consensus and understanding with one another.
Let’s use these information available to us to create a better world for the Human race.
Article written by Fariq Yusoff