Re: 9/11, what is truth?Submitted by Sancho23 on Thu, 09/11/2008 - 12:56
Many people in the "9-11" movement have usurped the word Truth as if they are the only ones who know what Truth is. . .and that seems brash at the very least. Truth is often times subjective, and as the quantum physicist Niels Bohr has been quoted as saying:
"The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth. "
The unfortunate aspect of the "9/11 truth" movement, is that they offer many facts, but very little in the way of profound truths. Instead of enlarging the perspectives of those who care to listen and/or learn, they provide people only with half-answers, misleading statements, adversarial stances, and among all of that, irrefutable facts. There is nothing paradigm shifting about the "truth" movement except that it wills you to believe that behind the curtains of government, there lurk dangerous criminals hell-bent on pushing their agenda onto the populace with fierce disdain for "normal" citizen's lives- something every American knows intuitively and for the most part cares not to know in detail as the facts are sickening!
Instead of calling for peace, the "truth" movement calls for war. A war against the secret, oppressive government and their soulless actions against the people. Instead of taking the actions of 9/11 and using that as a catalyst to further introduce new and positive changes into our world, it is used as a tool to sell dvd's, books, and enhance the inflated egos of would-be revolutionaries and those without a home culturally. Revolution is nothing new, and it always ends in the same manner: nothing changes except the face of the rulers!
No, instead of honoring the memory of the lives lost on 9/11 by pushing a new, evolutionary peace agenda, the tragedy of death is used to create a subculture that is borne on fear, paranoia, speculation, guerrilla marketing, conclusion jumping, and most of all a general in-your-face attitude towards spreading "truth" that turns so many people off that the whole movement is a sideline joke in mainstream America. Sure, there are many credible people talking about this event who aren't among the "crazies" or the social misfits who awkwardly repeat the mantras of the movement. But, because so many in the "truth" movement take hard line approaches to spreading "truth", and also seem to have no notion of how to persuade the public opinion(as evidenced by Alex Jones' infamous, ineffectual tactic of bull-horning, and the weak attempt to spread "truth" on the Bill Maher show), the whole notion that there is some truth in the "truth movement" is watered down and not taken in any intellectual capacity by the public at large.
It's unfortunate that such a monumental event in the history of our country has become a tool for angry citizens who are disgusted with government to spread cultural memes that seriously skew the critical discussion of this extraordinary event. While the truth of the whole situation is still not clear, as there is little in the way of consistent evidence to back many of the conspiracy theory claims, the whole use of the word truth has been muddied by third-rate thinkers with a bone to pick and just enough fueled anger to get out and scream to the mountains that something isn't right in Washington. . .a fact that everyone knows, and most are too afraid to look into.
If the "truth" movement wants to have any kind of effect on these citizens, they would do well to drop the truth banner and take up the banner of community, enhance the experience and understanding of those around you and instead of thinking you know what happened, explore possibilities with your neighbors in a light of honest inquiry and critical thought. Engage in meaningful conversations about what it really means if our government, or some elements within it(Cheney?), at the very least let 9/11 happen. Drop the speculation and explore the facts, and perhaps, maybe, just maybe, in all of our inquiry, some profound truths about human nature and the evolution of a society may creep into the cultural dialogue. Instead of a movement of fear, a general understanding of responsibility will replace the reliance on governmental discretion and indiscretions. Perhaps what we need as a culture is not to look the boogeyman straight in the face but rather, to learn how to live outside of the realm of the boogeyman altogether!
In the spirit of not believing anything to be truth, but to keep an open mind, I direct you to an installment of the C-Realm Podcast w/KMO dealing with the very subject of 9/11 and asking the question: Who Benefits?