To expand on the topic of how important it is to discriminate, I can tell you firsthand how difficult it is to deprogram yourself if you do swallow a lie or some other misinformation. My husband and I grew up hearing that a glass of red wine was beneficial to your health. It specifically prevented heart attacks. Science speculated that it might calm a person down, thus extending their life. Or perhaps grapes are just damned good for you. Look at the Italians, the news said. They drink wine in Italy and have a low rate of heart attacks.
Now I believed this, as did my husband. It did not make me drink wine, I’m a teetotaler but when my husband got here, he thought it would be nice to have wine with dinner so we do, most nights. “It’s good for your heart, P!”
We’re old so we use these small glasses. They hold 5 oz of wine and I may not even fill them but we do drink wine and have believed it to be beneficial for what? 20 or 30 years? But then news about the scientist who faked the data that concluded wine was good for you breaks. We’re sitting there at dinner and I told my husband, “Wine isn’t good for you after all. They faked the science,” I explained.
Two weeks later, we’re eating dinner with our small glasses of wine and I realized it’s just too much trouble to deprogram my mind around this. I will continue to believe a glass of wine is good for you, probably because it’s the path of least resistance and I am not the first to do such a thing.
Back in the 1960′s some charismatic psychologist convinced people that schizophrenia was caused by mothers who were frustrated. Somehow these mother’s made their children hear God give them instructions…it was all the mother’s fault. This made no sense but like I said, the guy was personable and quite good looking and really that’s all it takes to lead a good percentage of people right over a cliff which is exactly what happened. This guy was revered as an expert.
Eventually his theories were proven to be bullshit via exhaustive (real) scientific study but even hard core proof did not sway some.
I bring this up because I know people in their 60′s now, who believed this guy in their youth and they still do. You just can’t tell them any different and I can’t mock them because I’m gonna have wine with dinner tonight, and pretend it’s good for me.
In short, people don’t want the truth in many cases. Especially when they’re heavily invested in a lie. It doesn’t matter if the lie was something they were told or something they told themselves.
These last posts are courtesy Pluto’s transit to my natal Mercury. I will try to quit now.