Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Keep Oriented

I am by no means an expert in SCUBA diving--matter of fact, although I'm quite happy looking at water from the safety of dry land, my few experiences involving diving with a mask and flippers left me thinking that a glass-bottomed boat was the way to go if you want to see what's down there. About all I can recall from various times I've tried SCUBA diving is this: always remember which way is up, and if all else fails, follow your air bubbles upward. They'll lead you to the surface.

Orientation is important. So is getting your facts straight. I've always preferred to learn what an authority says (sometimes several authoritative sources) before making up my mind. When it comes to something that's printed or repeated on the Internet, I want to see whether or not it's true before adding it to my list of facts. I believe it was Joseph Goebels (children, you may have to ask your parents who he was and who he worked for) who said that if you say something often enough, even though it's a lie, people will accept it as fact. Hanging your hat on something that's repeated, especially on the Internet, without anything to back it up is sort of like diving with a mask and flippers, but swimming in the wrong direction. If all else fails, follow the path of information--it, like the air bubbles, will lead you in the right direction. Otherwise, though, you may find yourself lost.

Let me know what you think.


Priscilla Bettis said...

It's kind of frightening that THAT's who said it! Speaking of facts and fiction and truths and spins, I think a country is safer, more educated, and various sectors of its population less discriminated against in the long run if it has a free press rather than an ideological press.

Richard Mabry said...

We haven't had a press that simply reports the facts in forty or fifty years. And don't get me started on those who post things on the Internet because they believe them, not because they're true.

Patricia Bradley said...

Goebels, unfortunately, was correct. We're seeing that now. And speaking of the news media, I didn't know what Walter Cronkite's political leanings were until after he quit reporting the news. I wish we could go back to that. And to the news being the news and not entertainment.

Richard Mabry said...

I miss Walter Cronkite--now, it's either opinion or a slanted view.