By Derek Jones
Can we talk about truth? I can’t recall a time ever in my life that so few agree on what truth is. A mix of marketing and money have corroded and obsficated our view of truth. The narrative reigns. The truth quest is the road less traveled. That road seems more of an overgrown forgotten unused path. We have collectively internalized so many destructive lies that they are often proudly part of our identities. So many find the people that share or create a compelling narrative and listen to them alone or others like them, shutting out everything else. These men that see themselves as a savior to the people are far too common. A charismatic belligerent demagogue will not save us.
You can’t buy awareness as it requires critical thinking, logic, discipline, attention, study and moving away from the narrative. So much is focused on the reduction of reality to marketing sound bites, memes and narrow narratives that anything that runs contrary to the story we tell ourselves is often discarded, rather than observed carefully without bias, let alone study. This American collective human reality is built on lies. It’s built in direct opposition to the natural processes and the biology, the life that sustains us. We are on a collision course with that natural reality and picking up speed. To quote the Canadian poet rapper Sixtoo, “We’re so fucking lost we don’t know where to begin, oblivious bliss, so we pretend. We pretend.”
How we create a more functional model now is the most important question I can conceive. The scope of the work is daunting and collaboration is crucial. Logic, critical thinking and the scientific method will have to be elevated above the noise and personalities. The quiet thinkers need to be given space and listened to. Wisdom will have to be elevated over cleverness. Profit as the primary guiding principal is no way to live, let alone run a society. In 2017 one of my top collaborate to help create functional models here in my town. I hope many of you will join me in this endeavor.