“I have no power to make other men see the truth.” – Professor Albus Dumbledore, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” J. K. Rowling.
At times, in efforts to impart truth, each of us has felt the great wizard’s impotence
From time to time I bring this up. I suppose because it perplexes me so.
Throughout my 10 years with Internet access, I have been forwarded those political “truths,” either by persons who believe them or by friends whose intention is to share what’s being circulated.
These formula emails are more than likely written by political hired guns with great propaganda skills, then put into perpetual motion.
I simply don’t understand why any person with an intelligence level above a garden slug’s cannot see through them.
The identifying factor is that these emails all follow the same formula:
1. The original author is never identified, and they never offer any reliable sources for the information they impart.
2. They are filled with words which appeal to the readers’ emotions rather than to intellect.
3. They insist the reader pass the email along to others, for not to do so will result in dire consequences for God and country.
4. They often proclaim, falsely, that snopes.com says the information within is “truth.”
5. They are, in fact, full of lies.
Snopes.com is THE source for verifying that such emails are “false.” Another reliable source to check the proffered information is factcheck.org.
After 10 years – maybe more – of receiving this crap, then passing it along to others, you would think people would pick up on the pattern, would realize they are being used as conduits to spread misinformation, aka lies.
Which brings me to what I feel is the most important post ever to appear on DemWit. It is gratifying that a number of Web sites have linked to the post.
A friend typed the featured essay for me from an old book I’ve kept through the years. Before that, the essay was nowhere to be found online. Now, it seems a number of sites and blogs have lifted it. That’s great, as long as it’s being read.
And being read it is. With great contentment, I note that I have a number of visitors every day – via links or Google - who come looking for the essay’s content.
Read it, my friend, and let it affect your life and your thinking. Let it guide you to truth: