Posted by Roger Mallett Posted on 17 December 2023

Why are Lies so Believable?

Who you gonna believe….me or your own eyes?

In the 1933 classic, Duck Soup, after Groucho Marx left the room, Chico Marx, impersonating Groucho, exclaims to Margaret Dumont when she states he had left the room gives this immortal line. It has been slightly modified through the years but remains part of legend.

During the past few years, we have been subjected to pretty much the same line, multiple times. The surprising thing is that in many cases we believe the lie instead of what we clearly see:

  • Covid originated in a wet market.
  • There is nothing you can do…just “social distance,” sicken at home until you can’t breathe, then come to the hospital and be put on Remdesivir and a ventilator.
  • Churches and schools must be closed, but liquor stores must remain open.
  • Masks work. Wear two of them! Wear them outside and while alone in the car.
  • The “vaccine” is safe and effective.
  • Disagreeing with Fauci is an attack of science itself.
  • Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin are useless.

But this has not been confined to Covid. These assertions have also made the rounds and similar statements are actually increasing:

  • Defunding the police will make you safer.
  • “Climate Change” is an existential threat and more dangerous than nuclear war.
  • “Science is settled!”
  • “White Supremacists” and Christian Fundamentalists are more dangerous than Al-Qaeda.
  • “Silence is violence.”
  • Israel was ultimately responsible for the massacre of Jews on October 7, 2023.
  • There were no Jews in Israel before 1948.
  • Being against anti-Semitism is being for islamophobia.
  • Advocating genocide is not always wrong. It depends on the “context.”
  • “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” should be mandated as it is fair. The fact that it really is “Orthodoxy, Inequality, and Exclusion” is false.
  • Those who have a different opinion on anything the government says are guilty of “misinformation,” “disinformation,” or “malinformation.” (whatever that is!)
  • The January 6th “Insurrection” was worse than Pearl Harbour.
  • The Hunter Biden laptop was just Russian propaganda.
  • This administration is the most transparent in history.
  • The border is secure.

ALL these assertions are at least open to questioning. Yet to question them is considered anathema by the current powers that be. Why? Why can THESE assertions not be open to discussion?

The answer is found in the definition of “truth.” Two-thousand years ago, a certain Roman Procurator asked a prisoner in Jerusalem: “Truth? What is ‘truth?’” Many consider truth to be an absolute, binary quality, such as it is either raining here or not raining. Someone either robbed the bank or they did not. A senator either voted for a bill or they did not. But is it really that simple? Is the “truth” rooted in facts?

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