Do you sometimes feel like we live in an upside down world, where right is wrong, good is bad, bad is good and truth is this illusory shadow we can longer grab hold of?
You’re not alone. Truth today is avoided like the black plague. That brings grave consequences and most Americans innately sense this. It why a paltry 29% of Americans think we are headed in the right direction.
As J.R.R. Tolkien’s character, Galadriel, said in the prologue to Lord of the Rings: “Some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth.” Tolkien was one of many who saw the cost of deceit in the real world, and fictionalized it.
Without truth, our lives are a meaningless series of lungings from deception to deception. But truth is driven underground as an array of cultural forces combine to suppress it and promote deception.
It’s just the way it is.
But it’s not the way it must be.
As George Orwell said: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
It should not be revolutionary to speak the truth. But today it is.
As we are not alone today in realizing the enormity of disinformation being sown and fertilized throughout our culture, so we are not alone historically.
Throughout history, there have been voices calling in the wilderness, pushing back against the rushing tide of falsehoods. From Pythagoras to John the Baptist to Augustine to Martin Luther to Thomas Jefferson to Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to George Orwell to Martin Luther King, millions have pushed back peacefully, intellectually and invariably with words of truth against the prevailing myths and deceptions of their times.
Today, falsehood is easily spread through mass media in all of its technological iterations. These fictions are more easily disseminated and absorbed as truths than ever before. They can be countered with truths through the same mass mediums.
But as Orwell said, we need to start the revolutionary act of standing up and speaking out truth. It can cost, as any revolutionary act does. But the cost of not doing so is far greater, for us and for our offspring.
The truths are known. They have not been totally forgotten as Galadriel recorded. This means we also live in times that call for telling the truth — foundational, well-defended, grounded truth that has been a part of America’s greatness, and is remembered still.
These truths are not always red, white and blue, but they are always firmly established.
We’re glad you are joining us here to help push back against the sea of falsities and fabrication.
For more background on The Revolutionary Act, go here.