Thankfully I am a firm believer in that our young should, must and shall surpass us in intelligence – intellect and beneficial and healthy behaviors.
Having said that I will continue to tell you, Dear Reader, that it isn’t always easy to know when I need to be the guiding parent and when the young people around me have a brighter take on something than I do.
Humility is a very fine line to walk for me. I “sometimes” have obstinately strong opinions bordering on hammerheadedness.
You just might have noticed that if you’ve read some of the burning rage of some of the entries in this blog. And if you’ve read “A Hair’s Breadth – A Leap Beyond Chance” you also know that my patience with the mis-management of our bountiful and wondrous world of people, life and resources is nil and void.
Well, anyway, my youngest approached me, with love and hope in his eyes. I could see that he was hoping to catch me in a humble mindset, he tried the waters with a few questions, putting out some tentacles. When he noticed that I seemed rested, agreeable and calm he sat down beside me and said, with all the gentle firmness he could muster:
“Mother, if you want people to take you seriously, because I know you are smart and you know that I respect your fire on your crusade here, but you really need to get your vocabulary straight, Mom.”
And then he began talking to me about the difference between fake news, false facts and propaganda. Brave grand soul that he is, bless his enormously-bigger-than-my-heart-and-smarter-than-my-brain!
I am a very stubborn person.
“I am a “miniature dictator in recovery” and my name is Lotten”, so to speak.
My first impulse was/is (once a dictator always a dictator) always to defend my points of view, tin foil hat or not, and if all else failed/fails I would still try and succeed to (regardless of whether I was de facto successful or not) find ways to sneak my view into the in-reality-true facts of matters. Coating and coating away, like heavy layers of paint could attempt to defy the reality of the reality of cracks underneath.
Since I admittedly am in recovery (a.k.a not ever/ever going to be completely recovered and perfect) I suspect that my lack of tolerance with the audacity of false-fact-mongerers and fake-news-spreaders as well as the swarming hurtful propagandists of our times comes from my having realized, acknowledged what I have done and that I’m working hard to learn how to become a better person myself.
Being in recovery from being full of myself and disregardful of science also gives me some weight at being non-tolerant and also giving me an eye for that kind of glaring BS.
Like a recovering alcoholic seeing straight through the lies of someone still using alcohol, if you will.
Oh, I tried to inject my mis-understanding of these terms during the first 45 seconds of my son’s explanations. Tried to make propaganda into the same thing as fake news and false facts but then I simmered down. I f I say that I believe that the young must surpass us then I had better behave that way too and show him the respect he deserves.
And, honestly, what I learned today made me understand the importance of getting my facts straight.
I will be reading through this blog of mine in due time to see if – LOL -WHERE, is the word I will correctly use here ;D , I have gotten my vocabulary mixed up while attempting to get my points of view through to the internet of things.
It is most important to me to have Yes mean Yes and No mean No and therefor I will be more careful in the future and watch out carefully when I use the following:
:false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared or distributed for the purpose of generating revenue, or promoting or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc.:
It’s impossible to avoid clickbait and fake news on social media.
:a parody that presents current events or other news topics for humorous effect in an obviously satirical imitation of journalism:
The website publishes fake news that is hilarious and surprisingly insightful.
:Sometimes Facetious. (used as a conversational tactic to dispute or discredit information that is perceived as hostile or unflattering):The senator insisted that recent polls forecasting an election loss were just fake news.
:the appearance or semblance of a fact; a fact existing only in statement, without any foundation in truth.
: the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
: ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause
also: a public action having such an effect
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