By Chris Rossini
How many times have you heard something along the lines of "If only every American understood this" ... "Every American needs to read this article" ... "This is what they should be teaching in schools" ... "If Americans understood this, we'd be living in a free society."
Yeah, it's not that simple.
Human beings are tricky. We have the ability to believe what is false, even when presented with the truth. We can stick with the untrue; with the lies.
But how can this be?
Why would someone stick with believing a lie, even after hearing the truth?
If you tell someone that 2+2=4, why would they maintain the belief that 2+2=5?
There can be many reasons:
- People may have a job that depends on believing that 2+2=5, and they don't want to lose their job.
- People may have friends that believe that 2+2=5, and they don't want to be different their friends.
- People may come from a family that has always believed that 2+2=5, and would never want to disappoint them.
- People may feel better in believing that 2+2=5, whereas the truth makes them uncomfortable.
- A person may not like you, and the last thing the person wants to hear from you is that 2+2=4.
So, you see, it's not so simple as "If only more Americans heard the truth."
If you're a champion of 2+2=4 there's a few things to understand if you want to get the message out.
First, is that there will always be opposition. There will always be the 2+2=5 people. Lies are always a part of human life. Weeds are always a threat to the garden.
The key is in which ideas dominate.
One set of ideas always dominates the other, and the pendulum swings back and forth ... over and over ... throughout all time.
Two hundred years ago, the ideas of liberty dominated. Today, the ideas of tyranny dominate. Which will dominate in the future is unknown to everyone.
So, if you are firmly in the camp of truth, and are firmly willing to stand behind 2+2=4, your job is to seek out a certain type of person.
There are two types that you will encounter:
#1 - "I believe that 2+2=5, and I cannot be wrong."
#2 - "I believe that 2+2=5, but I'm open to admitting that I'm wrong."
Your job is to find the #2's and tell them the truth. These are the people that have open minds. And if their minds are open, it means the truth will not bounce off of them like a brick wall.
That's your target audience.
When it comes to the #1's, they cannot be wrong in their own minds. So you can tell them that 2+2=4 until you are blue in the face and it will bounce off of them like a brick wall. You'd be spending your time on the wrong person. Each person has free will. They can refuse the truth, and there is nothing you can do about it. They are the sovereigns over their own minds. They choose, and you cannot choose for them.
That doesn't mean that telling a person with a closed mind that 2+2=4 is a losing endeavor. The beauty is that once they hear the truth, they can't un-hear it. So it's still a good idea to inform them. Inform and move on. Don't waste your time trying to convince them, and giving yourself an ulcer in the process.
A person with a closed mind may not be convinced by you right now, but you informing them may still be of value in the future.
Well, we live in a world of constant change. Circumstances always change. People with a closed mind now, may have an open mind when their circumstances change.
It's never fixed.
Think of the failed "vaccines."
There were so many people who could not be wrong in their own minds at first. But when circumstances changed, and it was proven that the "vaccines" were not effective, their minds changed. They were open to admitting that they were wrong.
So the key to spreading any type of truth is to do it as smartly and as efficiently as you can. Seek out those with open minds. Spend time with them. Don't bang your head against the wall with people who cannot be wrong in their minds.
Know what you're fishing for, and you cast your nets appropriately.