A few years from now, when we look back to this point in our national history, which “reality” will we see?
Our children's future, our grandchildren’s future, depends upon our working together toward our mutual benefit. But how will we know what “mutual benefit” means when we don’t know what is “fact” and what is “alternative fact”… and lack the ability to distinguish which matters most?
And, do you define benefit as maintaining or gaining some sort of advantage over others, even to the point of their demise? In your mind, do benefits only deservedly accrue to you, or your family, or race, or gender, or nation?
We all know that history is written by the winner. But the winner of this battle could damage our dominate capitalistic society beyond repair - and hustle us into a dystopian quagmire unable to sustain an America-First style capitalism.
Those who will live in the future will ultimately suffer the results of our “alternative fact” telling because the more we fail to discern fact from alternative fact fiction, the further we slip away from reality. We will see less and less clearly the choices before us and what is at stake in them. Eventually, we will find ourselves unable to see what we are really doing and how it is affecting others and ourselves.
Still, fact will remain fact whether we wish it otherwise or not.
We may choose to tell ourselves “alternative fact fiction” but the decisions we make based on fiction will be hazardous, perhaps fatal, to our children, if not to ourselves.
Mueller Indictments and Guilty Plea Show Dangerous Divide Between Trump/Right-Wing Media and Reality, Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet, 30 Oct 2017.
Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Cradle - 1977