Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday's Op-Ed

The more I learn, the more I discover that there’s so much more to learn. I appreciate that premise because it ensures that I’ll be hard pressed to ever have a boring moment in my life.

This summer, I’ve been learning a lot about how certain factions of the world operates; and it’s not pretty. It’s not shocking either. However, it does explain a lot. With so much confusion running rampant in the minds of some people, it’s easy for some to be lured into chaos and deceived into happily volunteering to be a slave to all the wrong causes. Although it’s easy to blame the “ignorance” of the victim for the aforementioned predicament, I think that it is important to dig deeper.

I came across a quote by Carl Saga, in which he stated: “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

The questions that I think we are responsible for answering if we are to escape the bamboozle (because we have definitely been bamboozled) are the following: Who has been bamboozling us and why? How long have we been bamboozled? What have we been bamboozled about? How important is it to us to be relieved from the clouds of illusions that have hovered over us due to the bamboozle? How can we ensure that we won’t be bamboozled again?

With so much of history having been strategically forged, we face a Herculean task of getting to the truth. Our present proximity to the truth has a great effect on how we mold our futures. Any life decision made is best made from a vantage point of the largest most accurate picture of all of the factions involved. If we have a tainted version of the details, our decisions will consequently be off-target. This scenario is akin to running in circles in the dark with no flashlight and no map.
Our confusion has been extremely profitable to some, and detrimental to us [SIDEBAR: Us being the masses of people.] However, all is not doom and gloom.

I’ve recently been seeing an emergence of information that was previously hidden. People are informed now, more than ever. In the midst of this information discovery, I hope that people will keep in mind that knowledge is power and with power comes much responsibility. Being knowledgeable is a gift. However, we must never lose our principles in the midst of gaining knowledge.

Lots of Love Always,

Elsie Law

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