Post-truth

According to Oxford – ADJECTIVE

  • Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief:

    ‘in this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire’
    ‘some commentators have observed that we are living in a post-truth age’

 

I lament the loss of truth.

Maybe I lament the loss of our ability to find truth or believe in its existence.

Either way I am in mourning.

Nothing is true anymore (as evidenced by the rise of websites like Snopes). It is in fashion to be contrary and to call out anyone who takes a stand on anything or simple believes anything.

“I love how blue the sky is”

“It’s not really blue but actually azure”

“I’m voting for…”

“S/he’s an idiot”

“I can’t get enough of new chocolate”

“It’s not really chocolate you know”

“This new coffee from Africa is amazing”

“You know their harvesting practices kill babies right?”

Forever and onward it goes. Everything sucks. The world is horrible, and, most importantly – nothing you say is accurate or true.

What this does is immobilize things. A “nobody moves and nobody gets hurt” mentality develops and everything grinds to a halt as the fanboys and girls who worship entropy bow down in ecstasy over how chaotic and conflict-oriented everyone and everything is becoming.

I miss truth. Even if it wasn’t true I miss days when decisions could be made. These days people are paralyzed by the smallest decisions for fear they might be wrong instead of simply moving forward and accepting the consequences. There’s a lot of “you can’t do that” but very little in the way of “maybe you should do this” or even a solid explanation as to why you cannot do something.

Make decisions based on what you believe. Sure you will screw up (loads) – guaranteed. It is easy to predict failure. Ignore the predictions and forge ahead. Be one of the few not rabidly fixated on tearing down and apart everything everyone does and says and simply move forward. Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them – but let yourself make them for heaven’s sake.