What if spies were real and conspiracies weren’t just theories? What if the claims of militant Afro-American groups are true and America really has an agenda to oppress the Black Man? What if this whole #BringBackOurGirls explosion is propaganda to get the U.S. involved in a turf/resource struggle with other World Powers? I haven’t the slightest clue as to what’s true about most of the rumors being spread these days. As the old folks say, “A lie don’t care who tell it,” but there is information out in the world that the masses need to know. The craziest part of it all is that many of us don’t really want to know more than we think is necessary to make it from one day to the next. It blows my mind that no one talks about the way the price of gas plummeted during the few days that the government shut down in October 2013. That should get your gears turning and make you wonder, or maybe it’s just me.
I’m what I could call a why-guy. I’m an inquisitive person that always wants to know what’s going on behind the scenes. And I believe there is always something going on behind the scenes. There’s always more to any story than the little bit that we’re given. Consider, for example, that many of us were told that Santa Claus is real and the Tooth Fairy left money under our pillows in exchange for our teeth. “I’m coming back,” for some of us, has been one of the most traumatic lies ever told. Our own parents have lied to us on multiple occasions (sometimes for good reason), so what makes us so sure that the gov’ment won’t feed us some bologna? Sure, you’d rather not think about it, right? Your vote doesn’t count and what goes on in D.C. and your local municipality is none of your concern, right? Well, what about your local news? Have you searched for the crime statistics in your area and compared the population information and all of that good stuff to see if what they say about your community is what they say it is?
Eric Snowden proved, single-handedly, that there is more transpiring behind the curtain than the average Joe could have imagined. Our government is always up to something. If we’re not being scared into believing that cancer is an apocalyptic disease, we’re being told that water will kill us and that all men of color are unsavory characters. There are so many lies that just keep sprouting like weeds and they bother me. Doesn’t it bother you that honesty and integrity seem more like ancient tenets of long forgotten warriors than practices of today’s regimes? I ask myself all the time, “What can I do about this?” What can we do about the spread of lies, half-truths, and malicious propaganda? The answer is homework.
Solomon tells us, in Proverbs 3:5, not to lean on our own understanding, but don’t lean on any other man’s understanding either.
Do your homework. In what has been referred to as the information age, there are no excuses for simply having an opinion that one can’t defend.
The internet spans far and wide and although it may be polluted with a lot of nonsense, there are beau coup reputable sources out there to sift through. We can’t do battle with anyone, let alone the government, if we don’t do our homework. We’ve got to learn something about our world, our culture, our society, and ourselves. Otherwise, we’ll be up in arms all over again about Rihanna and Lady Gaga being members of the Illuminati.
Therefore, I’m throwing down the gauntlet today, May 28, 2014. I challenge you to read three books this summer. They must be nonfiction works of literature. You can pick up a biography, a self-help novel, or anything based in facts. It’s gotta be at least 150 pages. Magazines don’t count. TV Guides do not count. No, Zane novels are not non-fiction (no offense). I shall start with President Obama’s Dreams from my Father. I don’t know the page count yet, but if it doesn’t measure up, it won’t count. Are you with me? We shall fight the powers that be by enlightening ourselves and expanding our minds. Start yourself a book club and let’s get this thang poppin’. It was the late Nelson Mandela who said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world,” so you don’t have to take my word for it. Happy reading.