• 9.05.17 Warning: It may not be the information you seek

    9/05/17

    Imagine if someone in charge of your life walked up to you

    And said, “Your days of learning new things are done.

    “Any new things you hear are not real things. From here on forward, you only need know what you personally have experienced

    “And no more.”

    Then this person proceeded to tell you that anyone who tried to share new things was

    A liar
    A charlatan
    Just plain wrong
    Armed with an agenda

    So you shut your ears. Your eyes.

    Your heart.

    Your world turns quiet for a time.

    After all, trapped echoes eventually fade, replaced by silence.

    So:

    At some point in your silence, you look around and think:

    “This how it should be. This is how it always has been. I know all my things.”

    And you are content.

    But the world spins regardless of your contentment and one day, you are rocked. Your life swerves right instead of left.

    Jerked from your chamber, you tumble into the sunlight.

    This happens to everyone. Everyone.

    Even you.

    Then, you have questions. You look around to ask those questions of people who have answers. Information. Solutions. Ideas.

    But they are no longer there.

    You look around to see if you can find experts whose lives are made up of knowing specific, complicated things.

    But they are also absent.

    Well, you can’t trust them anyway. They are

    Liars.
    Charlatans.
    Just plain wrong.
    Armed with an “agenda.”

    Aren’t they?

    So are left with no choice but to turn to authorities in charge of your life and say, “Help me understand.”

    They say, “Of course. We are happy to do that. We have all the information you need.”

    (Warning: It may not be the information you seek.)

    And they are right.

    Because there is no one else.

    Beware anyone who comes after your right to learn.

    Your right to hear opposing notions.

    Your right to be among those who see the world differently than you do.

    Because those ones who come after your rights seek to pluck out your eyes. To wall you into a dark chamber where the only sound is their voice.

    An echo that never fades.

    They are invested in your ignorance. It keeps them safe.

    I know you are considering this. I see you eyeing your chamber. It was made just for you.

    But even if this is the last fact you ever believe, remember:

    They cannot accomplish any of this without your help.

    You must be the one who lays the first brick.

    xo,

    R

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