Friday, February 8, 2013

The Sky is Pink

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This is a scary thought, because it really is not just a thought: it is a reality.

Here it is:  If you repeat a lie often enough, it will become the truth.

IF I told my students “The sky is pink!”  a thousand times a day, for days on end, eventually one student might look up at the blue blue sky.  He might say, “Why, you’re right!  It IS pink!”  Soon every student would agree with him.

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So a lie becomes the “new” truth. 

Where will it all end?

In this video clip from “Star Trek: Next Generation”, Jean Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) has been captured by the evil Cardassians (not Kim or Kourtney).  David Warner is the interrogator who relentlessly and brutally questions Picard.  

But first Warner has to break Picard.  He shows Picard four lights, tells him repeatedly there are three lights.
 
At the end as Picard is rescued, he is peering up into the lights, on the edge of breaking down.  Are there three or are there four?

The new truth:  what will we do with it?




(This is an excellent episode, and worthwhile to view in its entirety.)

8 comments:

  1. That is true, the mind and persuasion can be a powerful and yet not so powerful thing under the right circumstances.

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    1. One can hope that truth remains truth, no matter what. But when LIES can be manipulated and slanted to seem like truth, minds can also be manipulated.

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  2. It's scary what kind of influence lies can have on reality.

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    1. Especially on young and uninformed. Having a sense of history and a view to where we started makes one less susceptible.

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  3. He would most likely rather be captured by Kim and Courtney. Ha
    Me thinks you speak the terrible truth.

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    1. Yes, Picard was in a bad situation there.

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