J Krishnamurti – The Real Revolution – 3. Freedom from fear:
Lies Americans Tell Themselves To Avoid Confronting Reality
Have you noticed the incredible detachment from reality exhibited by the masses these days? The continued operation of modern society, it seems, depends on people making sure they don’t acknowledge reality (or try to deal with it). “Denial” is what keeps every sector of civilization humming along: medicine, finance, government, agriculture and more.
The trouble with the denial approach is that eventually the lies collide with reality. Until that day comes, however, happy-go-lucky Americans are merrily enjoying their courtship with self delusion, repeating the following 37 lies to themselves as if they were true:
Lie #1) All FDA-approved medications are safe to consume in any combination, because the FDA protects the public.
Lie #2) Food prices keep going up because inflation is a natural force that can’t be halted.
Lie #3) The mainstream media is telling me the truth when it reports on world events.
Lie #4) Chemical food additives are tested for their safety before being widely used across the food supply.
Lie #5) We can all pump groundwater out of the ground forever, and it will never run out.
Lie #6) We can also pump fossil fuels out of the ground forever, and they will never run out, either. Why worry?
Lie #7) If anything bad happens in terms of a national emergency or natural disaster, the government will take care of me.
Lie #8) It doesn’t matter where my food comes from as long as it’s cheap and delicious.
Lie #9) GMOs must be safe to eat because a bunch of scientists paid by the biotech industry all tell each other that GMOs are safe and therefore have reached “scientific consensus.”
Lie #10) Government debt doesn’t matter because the government can simply create more money any time they want. #11 thru #37 More info:
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. – Winston Churchill.
We fear and hate many of truth’s disclosures because they’re often accompanied by narcissistic insults. What’s a narcissistic insult? It’s a bulletin from reality that, while capable of smartening us up, offends our ego. To avoid such insults, we cling to our illusions and limit our intelligence and inner freedom.
“Fear of Truth”
- Displaying hesitation or refusal to admit or recognize that something is true, or to accept the concept of truth itself. Usually born out of fear of offending someone or being held accountable to something constant.
- Dismissal of the existence of absolutes.
- Degradation of people who profess something as true or untrue.
- Being willfully in denial. Gives rise to constant skepticism and doubt of everything.
Girlfriend: “Rob may physically and verbally abuse me, but I deserve it. And he may have cheated on me five times, but he said he’d never do it again. I know that he loves me…” Best Friend: “When are you going to wake up from this veritaphobia and dump him? You’ve got to realize that he’s an asshole!”
Philosopher: “Truth is relative. Reality is whatever you want to make it.” Person with common sense: “Stop being such a veritaphobe. Have a little conviction and stand up for something.”
Teacher: “Timmy didn’t really answer this question correctly, but who am I to judge what is or isn’t right. I can’t condemn his perspective of things. I might hurt his feelings.” Other Teacher: “Are you kidding me? 2+2 does not equal 5, no matter how the boy feels about it! You’re being veritaphobic.”