Truth and Principles in 2020
November 21, 2020
BY THOMAS TASS
Truths and Principles in 2020
As we near the end of the year I have learned that both truths and principles have been placed on the endangered species list. Or perhaps to use the various Covid19 metaphors the curve associated with truths and principles have been well and truly crushed. I feel that various leadership figures from around the world have done us all a disservice.
Think about your national or urban leadership cadre, social media conglomerates and the leadership of the corporate 1% and ask yourself if these men and women have made you feel confident that they are telling you the truth about the state of affairs as it relates to the health and economy your country or your community?
Wikipedia describes truth as “the property of being in accord with fact or reality. In everyday language, truth is typically ascribed to things that aim to represent reality or otherwise correspond to it, such as beliefs, propositions, and declarative sentences. Truth is usually held to be the opposite of falsity.”
How much do you trust the veracity of what you are being told? Does the echo chamber of social media and the corporate news gangs not get to you? Ever wonder if the same cliches regurgitated by the talking heads at “news-porns” channels with every 48 hour news cycle is actually created in a parallel universe you have stumbled into?
How about principles?
What does it mean to have principles?
Wikipedia tell us that “A principle is a kind of rule, belief, or idea that guides you. You can also say a good, ethical person has a lot of principles.”
Now there is good one. Ethical leadership in 2020 is a concept that is facing a very high risk of extinction in a globalized political world that is rife with narcissists that thrive on corruption and deceit.
From my perspective much of the leadership of world have made a mockery of both truth and principles. Much of their ability to succeed with this is as a result of two generations of human beings in the western world that have for been born in decadent captivity.
You may laugh at my very unorthodox suggestion that humans born into the captivity of decadent western societies have much to do with the world of 2020.
In the animal world being born into captivity changes the way animals think and feel. Many show signs of depression and stress. When in captivity lions spend 48% of their time pacing, this is a sign of depression and behavioural problems. Depression and behaviour problems in western societies is self evident. On both these counts the numbers are growing in North America and Europe – and Covid19 is a sort final nail in the coffin for millions who are exhibiting both depression and engaging in anti social behaviours.
Since the pandemic began politicians from around the world have self identified as scientific experts while turning their subordinated health scientists into politicians cranking out social policies that are having little destructive impact on the pandemic but doing real destructive collateral damage to the global economy.
If the previous 518 words make me sound discouraged you are correct. 2020 has been a thoroughly rotten year on so many levels. I won’t elaborate because if you have read this far you are likely to be in agreement.
But I am not a pessimist! I am not going forward in 2021 seeing things as as dismal, bleak, hopeless, negative, worrisome, or gloomy. I am not, going forward in 2021 being cynical, despondent, downhearted, downbeat and misanthropic.
I am however going forward I going to to do my very best to ignore the liars and the unprincipled national or urban leadership cadre, social media conglomerates and the leadership of the corporate 1% as best I can. These narcissists thrive on attention. Once the attention to them is removed they will first scream and then shrivel up like the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz.
I encourage all my readers to do the same. Going forward, be positive. Be truthful. Be ethical. Be principled.
Be patient. Give it some time and it will work like an antiseptic that will eradicate the anti social virus that has infected so many millions.
In the meantime stay well stay safe.
November 21, 2020