“Anything can be disputed. To begin a dispute, all one needs to do is open one’s mouth and utter a few words. The mere existence of a dispute, therefore, does not in itself deny the reality of a thing. The dispute simply means that someone has chosen to quarrel, whether for good reasons or bad.” —-William Bramley “Gods of Eden”
My foray into the world of social media left a bad taste in my mouth. And one of the biggest reasons for that distaste can be found in the quote above. Some people have a tendency to believe that the existence of a dispute definitely DOES deny the reality of a thing. As a result they cling to the dispute as truth so vehemently that they are no longer able to separate it from reality.
This brought a sad realization to my heart. The realization that we really don’t want to learn.We don’t want to be educated, to become better or smarter.We want to be RIGHT. Even when we are wrong, we still want to be RIGHT. Even if we should take something as an opportunity for growth, we still want to be right. Thus, truth becomes subjective and open to personal interpretation and disputes become foundations for reality.
By this point, if you haven’t picked up a copy of this magnificent work of art, you should. It’s worth every penny. In this excerpt, our hero Mark is becoming a bit disenchanted with his place within the evil organization known as N.I.C.E. Things seem ambiguous…without direction. And as frustrating as this is, Fairy Hardcastle explains that it is exactly how things have to be. Enjoy!
“I’ve no notion of spending my life writing newspaper articles,” Mark said. “And if I had, I’d want to know a good deal more about the politics of the N.I.C.E. before I went in for that sort of thing.”
“Haven’t you been told that it’s strictly non-political?”
“I’ve been told so many things that I don’t know whether I’m on my head or my heels,” said Mark. “But I don’t see how one’s going to start a newspaper stunt without being political. Is it Left or Right papers that are going to print all this rot?”
“Both, honey, both,” said Miss Hardcastle. “Don’t you understand anything? Isn’t it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and a fierce Right, both on their toes and terrified of the other? That’s how things get done. Any opposition to the N.I.C.E. is represented as a Left racket in the Right papers and a Right racket in the Left papers. If it’s properly done, you get each side outbidding the other in support of us–to refute the enemy slanders. Of course we’re non-political. The real power always is.”
“I don’t believe you can do that,” said Mark. “Not with the papers that are read by educated people.”
“Why you fool, it’s the educated reader that can be gulled. All our difficulty comes from the others. When did you meet a workman who believes in the papers? He takes it for granted that they’re all propaganda and skips the leading articles. He buys his paper for the football results and the little paragraphs about girls falling out of windows and corpses found in Mayfair Flats. He is our problem. We need to recondition him. But the educated public, the people who read the highbrow weeklies, don’t need reconditioning. They are all right already. They’ll believe anything.”
Now do you believe?
Today’s Truth comes from Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius. It fascinates me that Christian theology really isn’t as set in stone as we are led to believe. During and just after the time of Christ was a period of high energy on the earth. People were trying to figure out what had just happened. There was a push for spirituality the likes of which hasn’t been seen again. This is a daily affirmation suggested by Marcus. Enjoy!
“Begin in the morning by saying to yourself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of the good that it is beautiful, and of the bad that is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to mine, not only of the same blood or seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of divinity, I can neither be harmed by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my brother, nor hate him.
For we are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of upper and lower teeth. To act against one then is contrary to nature.” —Meditations