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Who is Saying What and Why?

“Who is saying what and why?” Though this certainly is not an original aphorism, or anything like that. But, I believe this is an important question you must ask yourself as you percolate any words that are presented to you.
 
There has been a lot of talk about talk of late. Terms like, “Fake news,” and other descriptive jargon radiates throughout our everywhere. Though some of these expressionery phrases are interesting and even fun to use and/or to make fun of, they really tell us a lot about human culture.
 
Think about a time you heard something and you instantly believed it but it turned out to be false once you truly examined the claims. Think about a time when you believe something that someone told you and it turned out to be a fabrication of the truth or just a flat out lie. Think about a time when you read or heard something, you believed it, you spread those words to other people, but it turned out to not be the truth. Didn’t that make you a liar?
 
How do you feel about that? How do you feel about the person where you heard the words from in the first place? And, do you ever contemplate any of this?
 
I think back to a time when someone was discussing Hitler and I was surprised to hear that they did not know the man was born in Austria. I explained that to them and thought nothing more about the conversation. A bit farther down the line, I heard someone making fun of this person as they were telling people that Hitler was born in Australia. Somehow, in their mind, I said Austria, but they translated that into Australia. They heard wrong, but they believed they were spreading some foundational knowledge to other people. Funny, yes. But, think how often this kind of stuff goes on all the time.
 
Though that is an exaggerated example, ask yourself, how often do you believe someone simply because they say something? Then, how often do you spread that knowledge, as false as it may be, to others? What about if what you were told was not the truth? Who have you hurt by speaking those words based in falsehood?
 
What I am saying here is that you really have be careful about who you believe. Though they may claim all kinds of foundational knowledge, you need to ask yourself, “Who is saying what and why?”
 
When most people speak, they possess a motive for saying what they are saying. If they are talking about some, “Out there,” knowledge or are speaking about someone else, you really need to question what is their motivation for communicating about anything at all: what is their true basis of knowledge, and is what they saying based upon a predetermined perspective and/or words being used to shift the thoughts of other people to their way of thinking?
 
Always listen but be careful what you believe.
 
Think about it.