There are those that not only believe that their government, along with other governments around the world, would lie to them but who also have the evidence to back it up. This is then not going to be something that has just happened once; it will be something that takes place on a regular basis.
Someone like this could talk about what has happened in the past, laying down a number of instances when this has happened. In addition to talking about when this has taken place in their country; they can give examples of when this has happened in other countries.
A Mixed Response
If they were to speak freely about what they know, they are likely to find there are at least three types of people. Firstly, there are those that agree with them, secondly, those that are unsure, and thirdly, those that completely dismiss what they have to say.
The first two types of people are unlikely to leave the same mark on them as the third type of people. When they have shared what they know with these types of people, they may have often been labelled as a conspiracy theorist and/or someone who is basically crazy.
A Strange Scenario
One may have shared what they know, and even given sources that back up what they believe, only to be treated like they have a screw loose and should be locked away. It is then not that one will have looked deeply into what is going on and found evidence; no, it is that they are someone who is delusional and believes in fantasies.
Ultimately, when one opens up to someone who can’t even entertain, let alone accept, that their government would lie to them, they are going to be wasting their precious energy. It will be far better for them to save their energy and to direct somewhere else, somewhere where it can be put to good use.
The Ideal Scenario
When someone is unable to consider the idea that their government would lie to them, it could be said that they are the perfect citizen. Let’s face it; the last thing that a government would want is for the citizenry to be aware of their misdeeds.
And when someone like this person says this to another person that has looked deeper, and even tries to silence them, they will be unknowingly supporting what their government is doing. This won’t occur to them, though, because they won’t have taken the time to look a little deeper into what is going on.
It would be easy to say that those that are not aware of the kinds of things that their government does are not intelligent. But this would be an oversimplification, and it would create the impression that those that do look deeper are intelligent.
Rather than it being about how intelligent someone is, it would probably be more accurate to say that it often comes down to whether or not the desire to find out the truth is there or not. There are those that are highly intelligent but that don’t have this desire and those that are not exceptionally intelligent that do.
When it comes to what gives someone the desire to find out what is true and what isn’t and who doesn’t simply accept what the mainstream media tells them, it is hard to say. Perhaps they were born this way or perhaps something happened to them to make them this way.
Another thing that is bound to play a part is the relationship that someone has with their own emotions. This is not to say that those that are interested in what is true and what isn’t, have a very healthy relationship with their emotions.
Opening Pandora’s Box
However, if someone is unable to accept that their government would lie to them, and has done for a very long time, it can show that it is due to what they are not willing to face within themselves. In other words, if they were to accept this, what would it bring up to the surface of their mind?
What it could bring up is feelings that they have avoided for a very long time; feelings that are too painful for them to face. Not questioning what is going on is then not so much about them not believing that the government would lie; it is more about them keeping certain feelings, feelings that they are probably not even consciously aware of, at bay.
In some cases, someone could unconsciously perceive the government as a parental figure, someone that is there to take care of them. Through seeing them in this way, even if they are not aware of it, it allows them to experience a false sense of safety and security.
Perhaps their early years were not very nurturing or stable, hence why they expect so much from the government. Ergo, if they were to see that this parental figure was not who they made themselves out to be it could bring up some of their early wounds.
Maintaining the illusion that they have created is then going to be essential, that’s if they are to avoid what is taking place inside them. If they were to let go of this illusion, they could end up being in a bad way and even falling apart.
The trouble is that through needing to keep all this pain at bay, it stops them from being able to accept what is going on. To use an analogy: their experience is very similar to someone who is unable to face up to the fact that their partner is cheating, thanks to what it would end up triggering inside them.
What this illustrates is how someone’s inner world can prevent them from being able to see what is often right in front of them. Thus, when it comes to thinking critically, having a certain level of emotional intelligence is important.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
Author of 25 books, Transformational Writer, Teacher & Consultant.
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.