(Originally written March 12, 2017)
In the so-called information age, there are many things that have been considered factual. Because of the internet and the availability of information, any bit of it has the capacity to become what individuals call fact. Information is so readily available compared to centuries before. Unfortunately, there has been such an outpouring of information that the quality of it has degraded making actual “facts” hard to come by. Due to the “instant gratification” mindset most individuals in industrialized societies have, the fast delivery and acceptance of information supersedes any verification that could be done on them. In other words, most people rarely check their “facts” in the interest of fast delivery and acceptance of them in today’s times.
Many people in the modern world want to have the proverbial “one-up” on the other person. They always want to appear more in-the-know than someone else. It is a form of self-aggrandizement. Thanks to the way facts or factoids have been presented in the past, some individuals want to assert themselves over others with what they supposedly know so they can appear “smarter” or wiser than they really are. Again, it is more for self-aggrandizement than in the interest of looking out for others’ well-being.
It is the nature of the Earth to evolve. As the creatures who inhabit the Earth evolve, so do the elements and anything created by those elements. The most powerful of structures evolve from towering pillars of certainty to piles of rubble and back to their basic elements to once again become something else. The cycles never end. The same goes for facts. What is presented as a fact one moment may not be the next, or moments after. Conditions change to affect situations in a manner different than before. Whatever outcome of the situation would naturally change the facts coming from it. In other words, the elements change so that the fact reported becomes something else. Unfortunately, most institutionalized or corporate outlets of information and instruction don’t see it that way. They report as they see it or know it without considering that the information was different before, that it will likely be different in the near future, or that it might be something completely different in the present than what they perceive it to be. It is a big reason why media news (mainstream or otherwise) is poisonous to the psyche. It always presents things as absolute without considering other possibilities or diversion into another state of being.
For example, the world of so-called “medicine” works on a principle of absolute “facts” about the human body. It is how they justify giving certain “treatments” to ailments in the body. So-called medical practitioners prescribe based on their institutionalized understanding of the human body without considering possibilities outside of their training. They also work for pharmaceutical companies that pay them to prescribe drugs and use methods of surgery regardless of whether it benefits the patient or not. Using this limited form of reasoning to care for the human body ensures sickness and an early demise. Even though all creatures on Earth die at some point, the hastening of it is meant to produce profits for companies and for individuals who work at destroying the human body by means of food additives, drugs (street or pharmaceutical, there is no distinction), various socio-economic factors, etc.
In this case, it is considered a “fact” that the human body will respond a certain way to an effect of some kind. That response merits a sort of counter-response through specific medicinal treatment or surgical procedure. For example, if an individual experiences a headache, it considered standard practice to take a pain relieving pill to alleviate the headache. Rarely does anyone examine the situation outside of just taking a pill. Not many people wonder what the external conditions are for what could be causing the headache in the individual. If they knew, they could affect the situation in a stress-relieving manner. Also, the individual does not consider how their interactions and regard for their environment enable the headache to take place. The human body is able to heal itself in a way that would put modern medicine out of business but the ability for it to do so has been stifled by the poison in food, the environment, and by institutionalized instruction that dictates just how the body does and does not work. Instead, the answer is to take a pill. There, problem solved. No greater reasoning took place to alter the situation. No self-healing or self-affecting logic took place to alleviate the situation. A pill was taken and no questions were asked. That is the unfortunate effect of a consciousness that is trained not to ask questions and expect instant results from their institutionalized methodology.
Many facts are considered to have some scientific or methodical base. It is why they are recognized more than anything that may not have such a base. In this day and age, there is much that is considered “pseudoscience” for its lack of having an institutionally backed base of reasoning. For example, the existence of ghosts and what is called the “paranormal” is considered a “pseudoscience” for its lack of institutionally-founded base of reasoning and methodology. What is called “quantum physics” has also been considered a “pseudoscience” for the same reason. Despite the studies done on quantum physics and the encounters individuals claim to have had of ghosts (many of which are substantial to the individual), modern institutionalized science writes it off as quackery and nonsense. Findings on those particular subjects do not conform to standard acceptances of matter and physics. Because they don’t, they are reasoned out of logic and “debunked,” as it is popularly called today. Everyone is left to continue accepting the standard logic of matter physics, provided they think about it at all or know what it is.
It is important to understand what the term “science” means. Most individuals tend to think of science as people in lab coats working with vials and test tubes pouring liquid from one tube to another while wearing goggles. That is not “science” as much as it is the act of studying liquids in a scientific manner while wearing lab coats and goggles. There are various kinds of institutionally recognized sciences, such as social and mathematical sciences. They don’t wear lab coats, they don’t use test tubes or vials, but they can work with liquids. Applying what is called the scientific method provides data to base an understanding of something. Statistics show the repeated occurrence of something to provide further data and understanding. Most of the data provided by statistics and the application of the scientific method is tangible. Meaning, it can be witnessed or experienced in the five senses for evidential purposes. Results from tests show evidential proof that something exists or can be reasoned within the scope of the five senses. They can be seen and experienced physically. They can also be justified by standard methods of reasoning.
The existence of ghosts or other nonphysical entities has not (or has not yet) been able to be proven by standard methods of measuring. Therefore, popular science does not recognize the veracity of ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, visitors from another planet, or any other intangible or physically unproven entity. Instead, any number of reasonable-sounding explanations are given for any incident that does not fall within the scope of five-sense understanding and reasoning. When it comes to mainstream media reporting, statements and explanations are prepared ahead of time to pacify a public unaware of the process. Facts are quickly gathered to disprove any argument against the standard acceptance, and there it is. A person saw a weather balloon, a drifting satellite, a reflection from a mirror, etc.
When a person or group receives a certification from a company or institution, it means that their reported findings merit official recognition by the public, regardless of whether the public agrees with the findings or not. However, their disagreement of the reported findings is irrelevant according to institutionalized methods of reasoning. Because their findings are certified and made “facts” through that certification, there is no allowable dispute of them lest the dispute be subject to ridicule and disproof. In simpler terms, it means that no one questions what the study finds lest those who question are made to look ignorant for questioning the findings. The manner in which those findings are reported establish them as “facts” by mainstream methods of delivering such information (news, television shows, print media, radio, etc.) or by supposedly-reputable institutions like a university, government office, or hospital.
As a side note, the internet does not count as a mainstream method of information delivery because of the many outlets that report on whatever factoids there are and passes them off as solid news or “facts.” Anything nowadays can be passed off as a “fact” in that respect. Many of those “facts” or events are fear-based and are there to scare susceptible individuals. They provide no alternative, form of healing, or benevolent evolution of any kind. They’re only interested in making a person scared of being “wrong” about the existence of hell or whether the government will declare Marshall Law on everyone (this is without understanding what Marshall Law actually is) and send people off to be killed.
Nowadays, the phrase “fact of life” is used to express something that is supposedly inevitable in life that is usually unpleasant, as if any of life’s experiences were necessarily that way. Sometimes, people can be so willfully arrogant that they are willing to hurt other people by presenting them with a dim view of life. It is not to say that there aren’t challenges in life. However, to paint a grim picture by presenting it as a “fact of life” only creates stress and depression. Nobody ever presents any “fact of life” to be pleasant and happy. For example, people say that it is a “fact of life” that everyone has to pay bills. This is without considering other factors. First of all in the current monetary and profit driven construct, it is a given that individuals have to pay what is known as bills. The individuals who say that it is a fact of life to pay bills do not have the cognizance to understand the way the system is set up, let alone know the effects of fractional reserve banking on the current monetary construct. They also do not take into account the way resources and services are regulated to keep individuals wanting and in need instead of creating on their own without corporate or institutionalized influence. Instead, they just flap their mouths open and say “it is a fact of life that you have to pay bills” without using their heads. Unfortunately, these individuals have absorbed so much rhetoric from the institutions that have trained their thinking (church, school, jobs, etc.) that they don’t reason beyond what they know. That leaves a bunch of trained zombies who just go to work and afterward plop themselves down to watch television, continuing the cycle of their mundane existence until the day they die.
So with all this “fact” throwing that people are doing nowadays, it begs to wonder why it is being done in the first place. What benefit is there to be throwing facts around at others? Is it to conform everyone to a singular acceptance? Is it to assert authority? Or is it done simply to shut people up? What could possibly be the use of dropping facts on people’s lap like that? It is interesting to see the behavior of individuals as they spew out the rhetorical diatribe of what they know. Sometimes they say it with urgency while other times they are relaxed, monotone, and sarcastic about it. In some people’s heads, nothing beats the feeling of silencing another with their knowledge and that’s probably why they do it.
Another effect of all this fact throwing is that not much of it can be considered “credible” in the least. So much of these “facts” have been tossed around and heard so many times (and in the same manner of delivery) that it is like the proverbial boy who cried “wolf.” Once it has been reacted to with no result repeatedly, it tends to be dismissed. In the end, can anyone say with absolute certainty that things are the way they are presented without variation? What about a margin of error or “reasonable doubt,” as declared in judicial law? As it was explained earlier, anything that is on or in this planet (or maybe even the Universe) evolves into something else eventually. Even the basis of something evolves as conditions change and alter the situation to create a new base of understanding. How much of today’s “facts” are based on fear-based reasoning? Even if it is substantial that there is a threat of some kind, what is being done to alter the situation? What is being done to affect the mindset of individuals to be centered enough to solve the problem or to save themselves from the threat? When explaining their fear-based drama, some individuals leave their explanations hanging with no resolution. In the end, who really cares anyway? Nowadays, facts are just another way to settle individuals into complacency without doing anything beyond what they know to do.
If indeed humanity lives on a principle of “ying and yang,” then perhaps it is time to do away with fear-based fact throwing, or even just fear-based facts. In other words, “ying” is to fear based facts as “yang” is to solutions based on understanding and effective action. It is not to say that there won’t be mistakes made along the way. Whatever the solution or outcome, it will provide for an evolution out of fear-based thinking into confident resolve. Each solution leads to another outcome which will provide for another solution. With every solution comes the opportunity to come up with something different. Coming up with something different every time allows the brain to exercise. That may be too much for some people (if not a great majority). Those who enact it see a difference in their lives and in the outcomes of it. In the end, facts in and of themselves are nothing. They’re just raw material. What is done with them and how one responds is what sets the tone for future outcomes. Individuals can stay mired in the day-to-day arrogance of mindless rhetoric or they can make a difference in themselves by evolving out of fear and mediocrity and into confident resolve.