The Fine Line Between Truth And Lie

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Things are not always what they seem: at first glance, they may be deceiving. Matters that have been accepted as factual realities all of our lives may, in fact, no longer stand the test of simple logic when questioned properly by someone with another point of view. This is a reality we all have to live with and do our best to deal with honestly and openly. It’s one of the great challenges in life. It requires a flexible mindset and at times requires you’re admitting to being wrong.

We are all molded by the information kit we are fed as we grow up and as we grow old. And, unless we actively take the effort and find the energy to question all the commonly shared ‘truisms’ – the spoon-fed facts of others, the things that “everyone knows” and that all take for granted – we stand to be easy prey for those in possession of the means for mass propaganda.

“Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.”

Donella Meadows

We Need to Keep Second-Guessing

As George Bernard Shaw once stated, “The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.” We are all guilty of this sort of skewed perception and complacency. It is hard work to keep asking and SECOND-GUESSING. But it is important to keep at it all the same!

I like the term ‘second-guessing’, because, ultimately, an educated guess is all we will generally be able to achieve. This certainly applies to financial markets and investing, as it applies to life in general.

This past year, we have certainly been fed with A LOT OF PROPAGANDA worth second-guessing:

  • Everyone seems to take for granted that money equals wealth…
  • Central banks and governments are working feverishly to protect us all…
  • A considerable part of humanity has pretty much accepted the necessity of mass vaccinations against the Swine Flu and other diseases. They appear to think that the pharmaceutical companies and their side-kicks act fully in the interest of our health…
  • We want more government ‘protection’, more and stricter regulations. And regulators need to be given more power to ensure that another financial crisis is avoided. Most people really think that is what we need and they are convinced it will work…
  • Another frequently heard piece of ‘wisdom’: Capitalism has failed…
  • etc. etc. etc.

As we move further into what will surely be a very interesting 2013, I would like to invite all Mountaineers to second-guess the kind of common ‘wisdom’ listed above. If you are fully committed to any of these viewpoints, I challenge you to step back and reconsider. Chances are that you are falling prey to the steady beat of that global propaganda machine.

Of course, it could also be me that is on the wrong side of the story; it is possible your Mountain Guides and Sherpa’s have it all wrong. That might be, but at least we can credit ourselves with continuously probing and questioning. Over the years, we have worked at second-guessing and at keeping you in tune with our somewhat different, not-so-mainstream perspectives.

Frank R. Suess | Your “Swiss Mountain Guide

In order to practice second guessing, one could start with the news items that Mountain Vision shared in their latest newsletter:

Why Austerity Works and Fiscal Stimulus Doesn’t
Wall Street Pushing Leverage to Ridiculous Extremes
11 Reasons Why FATCA Must Be Repealed


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  • Bob Eldridge

    Here in lies much greater Truth than can be conceived of our mindset, when speaking of Truth we will come to understand that man is without and has existed in great deception based on many years of carnal wisdom, understanding what we seek most is what we are created to separate from.

  • http://twitter.com/GoldSilver_Rush Gold Silver Worlds

    @Bob, I think I see your point … and the difficulty is that it’s so ‘easy’ to fall in the personal bias trap. It’s confusing to distinguish things, as it’s so easy to believe that our own thoughts ARE the truth. It’s one of those skills that we should learn to master much better. My two cents.

  • Kukye

    Nahh, not really. George Shaw is really advocating LAZINESS. I never bought the argument that we are duped by BS or whatever thinking…..

    It really boils down to LAZINESS that we don’t bother with the “hard” stuff because of it. We want the ball rolling in the same direction and it takes EFFORT to roll it another way, savvy?

    To beat it, don’t GET LAZY! Simple really!