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Can You Believe that We Believed That?

January 14, 2011

Majority Acceptance Does Not Equal Truth

Centuries ago people generally accepted without question and as “fact” that the earth was flat.  Everyone now but a few know that this is not true and finds it preposterous that people once believed that.  Even more egregious, was the fact that the majority of people in the United States accepted that blacks should be treated as property and counted as three-fifths of a human in the constitution.

Race is merely a social construct.

Race was invented but nevertheless, people  readily accepted the concept that there was more than one human race.  People were divided by the color of their skin and racist systems were devised to keep the lie perpetuating.  When the human genome was decoded in 2000, scientists discovered that over 99.9% of our DNA is identical and that everyone alive today is related.

These are just a couple of examples, but everyday we are faced with misinformation, propaganda, and advertising that is trying to convince us of some “constructed truth.”  Usually they use fear to help make the case and many of us take the bait, hook, line, and sinker.  Don’t be duped.  Use the internet, check out multiple sources, have intelligent dialog with others, and check out “facts” before you repeat them.  This is our time; we are not the past and we are not the future.  With hindsight we can look back on people of the past with disdain, however unless we are alert, we are creating similar glaring and obvious dis-beliefs to boggle future societies.  Will they look back on us and say, “Can you believe they allowed people to convince them that….?”

I’m Barbara Talley, The Poet who speaks and inspires.   To find more about me, check out my promo sheet or visit  my website.

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 14, 2011 6:15 pm

    Fantastic! Really, spend a little time with anyone else and you’ll find either a friend, or just evil. And even this evil, is not that different from yourself. We must learn to listen.

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