Dresden James

“A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker, a raving lunatic. –Dresden James

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3 thoughts on “Dresden James

  1. ” I admit it’s true”

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  2. Again and again I’ve seen that dynamic in small community groups, but the ‘web of lies’ does not need to be ‘sold gradually.’ In fact, it can literally happen overnight, in some cases. All that really matters is who speaks first and what knee-jerk reactions they can tap into to intensify the ‘fact.’ Once the idea has spread, it’s almost impossible to completely undo, and anyone who dares contradict it with a more evident ‘truth’ “will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker, a raring lunatic.” I have personally been shocked by the intense irrationality that can be aroused against someone just offering an alternative interpretation or set of facts. How quickly and firmly an idea, once spread, can hold on is easily seen in the rabid debates over pictures of celebreties that purport to ‘catch’ them at some neferious moment.

    Unfortunately, most of us do not reserve judgement, and just accept what we are told naively, much too quickly. It is the flip side of our human desire to connect.

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  3. see b russell (sp) — you accept wht you intuitively believe without any evidence but demand an inexorbitant amount of evidence to disprove what you haven’t even thought about before this moment

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