THE APPEAL OF THE LIE. 2015/11/25.
“If you tell a big enough lie and repeat it often enough it will be believed”. This quote wrongly attributed to Joseph Goebbels seems to be in the process of being adopted by a Republican candidate for the Presidency of the U.S. Even after being caught in a lie Donald Trumps’ apologists believe it is okay, after all he is only human. The blinders they wear make them unaware, or forgetful, of the fact that this processes was used by the Nazi Party to rise to power and maintain a strangle hold on Germany for 12 years. For some inexplicable reason people are more prone to believe a lie than the truth.
After the defeat of Germany in 1918 and the end of World War I a lie started to circulate that Germany had not been defeated on the battlefield but had been undermined by Communists and Jews in order for them to gain power. In the 20s’ this lie was latched onto by the fledgling National Socialist German Workers Party (NAZI) and by 1933 enough Germanys believed the lie to elect the Nazis and have Hitler proclaimed Chancellor. With that history took its’ course to war and genocide.
Closer to now and nearer to home we have to the south of us a pre-mentioned candidate for the Republican Presidential ticket spouting on national T.V. bold face lies and racists comments and people believe him. The gullibility and ignorance of the grass root Republicans never ceases to amaze and stun me. The candidate is running on a program of fear and distrust and his audiences are lapping it up. If by some quirk of Fate Trump is elected President then the rest of the world better fold up its’ tents and await the coming of the “End of Days” as Christians believe.
Speaking of Christians perhaps the biggest lie ever perpetrated on Humanity it the “Lie of Religion”, all religion. Around 3000 years ago Abraham led his family and followers out of the city of Ur because of their belief in one God and the “camels’ nose” has been under the tent wall ever since. From this root sprang Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and the world has never been the same since. Now, before all you believers put out a contact on me let me say this. You are free to believe whatever you wish and I will not mock you for that. It is just that religion is not my cup of tea so to speak.
The point I am trying to convey is that it seems to be so much easier to believe a lie especially a big lie than to believe the truth. To me politics in part is the art of telling lies and convincing others that it is true. People are so much more ready to accept the bad than the good. Once a lie takes hold it grows larger with each telling as more embellishments are added to it. What might start off as an innocent quote misheard can end in becoming a dangerous lie causing irreparable harm to others and even backlashing on the perpetrator. Politicians will promise the “keys to the kingdom” knowing perfectly well the keys are long lost and the kingdom is gone but also knowing that if they promise enough times they will end up being believed. My advice to those who would listen to these people is keep a salt shaker handy.