“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
And here’s another:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
nd that’s what pisses me off these days. Things that are known facts are distorted by lies. History that should NEVER be repeated, such as the Holocaust (Goebbels had his fingers all over this one) and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (where Mao and his communist cronies waged full ideological war on political rivals, intellectuals and scientists) suddenly are distinct possibilities.
And that’s what sucks. In the last four years it’s been a daily stream of lies. Qanon is the result of pressure-cooked insanity, believing that political rivals and cultural elites are running a global pedophilia ring (I’ve heard it said that Qanon is Scientology for the stupid). We also have the misinformation (I’m sorry, the “lie”) that masks cause oxygen deprivation to the brain (no, but this sort of belief does). But in all these cases, the lie is easily disproven yet stoked by our modern-day Goebbels-wannabes.
The true danger is this – ignoring the Holocaust gives a blind eye to abuse against people not of your dominant racial/ethnic/religious background. It ends up with people locked up in camps and in cages. That you don’t believe it happened (or chose to ignore it happened) allows it to happen again. And remaining oblivious to the Chinese Cultural Revolution, you permit your political and intellectual rivals to be thrown to the justices of the howling mob. Liberate Michigan.
Just because you don’t like a fact, it doesn’t mean you can go looking for other facts more convenient for your worldview. Facts are rocks off a shoreline, ready to wreck an individual on his boat or a ship of state. Facts matters. Opinions is just farting from the other end.
Speak truth and demand it of others. And wear your mask!