Foundation of Truth

I met a woman a few days ago who said something quite disturbing to me. Her statement was, “If you say anything with enough force behind it, other people will believe you.”

Translated, it’s another manner of saying, “The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed.” I’ll let you Google who said that on your own, because the lesson here isn’t who said it, but what it means and why. I immediately had an interesting test to apply to this woman. I asked her if she’d ever played Apples to Apples. Not only did she play it, she owned it and apparently ‘won it’ very often.

Another similar phrase I’ve seen a few times is, “Speak truth to power.”  This is very similar to the previous statements. Moreso when you recognize that the truth and facts, though they should be correlative or even the same, but are not always so. I think the best theory to explain the difference is that the truth is a summation of all the facts. But by forgetting, ignoring or denying even one fact, the truth can be easily distorted.

The truth is like the product of a recipe. If a single ingredient is wrong, forgotten or measured incorrectly, the resulting food can be far from what it was intended.

The rejection of such thoughts forced on others is important. Critical even. Such forced ‘truths’ are the cornerstone of consensus reality, the acceptance that if all others believe something, it must be true. There are many examples of these falsehoods through history. There was a time when it was accepted that the Earth was flat, and yet the center of the universe. Or spontaneous generation.

But there is a catch-22. Not all collective thought is wrong, a fair portion of it is correct. Worse yet, those who reject consensus reality are often branded as fools or paranoid. This is often a mental ‘bludgeon’ used to coerce individualists who show resistance to the group’s accepted thinking. It must be noted however, that doubt gets one an education.

As democracy has taken an expansively larger role in our lives, the impact of consensus thinking has devastating potential. There exists fewer and fewer barriers from which those who disagree with the direction of a nation or community can take refuge. That’s why I feel it’s important to protect these sanctuaries.

With every act that expands the power of this form of government, those who have the loudest megaphones gain the most. However, these centralizations of power simply result in schism of thinkers, driving the markets to find new outlets to hold their voices. In the past, the news paper was the all overriding source of news and therefore the power. This powerbloc was cracked by the radio, then television before the internet.

Today, anyone with a voice can find audience through medias like Youtube or WordPress blogs. This is why I do not fear concentrations of monolithic economic power, for historically they are eventually cracked and splintered by the very markets that created them, as long as we are free to seek them. There is nothing that time cannot lay low.

I have to admit, it makes me smile darkly when I imagine those who claim to represent the tyrannical masses being, metaphorically, taken apart by the very masses they claimed to be the voice thereof. Irony can be delicious like that.

But I digress, splintering from my original point towards the political and anthropological aspects of my own philosophic views. But the lesson is simple. If you meet someone who won’t share the conversation, you can damn well bet they won’t share power either.

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Irene and How-Your-Social-Life-Can-Survives-a-New-Game Guide

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This is why I love Halolz.com.

So D.C. took another round of natural disasters with Irene. Granted, Irene was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm after making landfall, but she still inflicted some damage on homes and infrastructure. It was worse than the quake, but we’ll make do.

While the storm hit, I spent the weekend at a friend’s place for a hurricane party. We brewed pumpkin pie ale and enjoyed pizza, guacamole and good beer while chatting and playing a card game of Would You Rather…

Games like that are always interesting, because on one hand you want to say what you would do and on the other hand you have to think in the shoes of the person who asked the question. There’s no real win or lose either, and such games like Apples to Apples are meant to curb any competition for a social aspect. You don’t have to speak to one another for chess. But Would You Rather… is all about conversation.

Cool thing though was that at the party, I got to know a gent I had met before. As it turns out, he and I had a lot in common, including both being Team Fortress 2 advocates as well as Warhammer enthusiasts. If you haven’t got Team Fortress 2, get it. It’s free on Steam and upgrading your account is a one time cost of $1 if you find yourself liking it. Anyway, this guy collected a Warhammer Fantasy army of Dwarves. I’ve considered a Fantasy army, but would want something I can use in the 40k universe as well. You can use feral Orcs or crazed Marauders in 40k in some capacity, but not Astartes in the fantasy setting.

Moving along, Space Marine is due out in 7 days. On one hand, I might want to make a crew of the Bolthole gang. On the other, my buddy will probably want to do an Angry Marines clan. I’ll figure out which soon enough. Now, if you want your social life to survive a new game that you will probably have to make for some preparations.

  1. Clean your house. Because you’re not going to be doing this for a while.
  2. Pay your bills. Too easy to forget to do this, so do not procrastinate.
  3. Stock up on quick meals. If you’re like me, you may want to consider some healthy food options if you’re watching your waist. But quick meals save time, and save money that would otherwise be blown on expensive pizza deliveries.
  4. Hang out with the friends who don’t play. You’re going to disappear for one, possibly two weeks. So hit the happy hours, buy them a round, laugh, smile. Be a good wing man. Make the most of it.
  5. Treat the girlfriend nice. Make or take her to dinner, be romantic. Do something wonderful. Or she won’t be around when you get back.
  6. Work out like a champ. Alright, your body is going to suffer from a wee bit of atrophy from sitting there for a few days. To prevent this, you may want to work out hard core so your body actually needs you to rest. What’s that, body of mine? You want me to take it easy? I can do that…
  7. Get a list of who is playing. Find your friends, get them together. At least they know where you’ve been, because they’ve been playing themselves.
  8. Figure out your time off. You would have had to prepare for this ahead of time, but a day or two can really make a weekend rock. If you have flexible hours, consider taking a few hours off a day for a week, so 6 hours work days for a week while using 10 hours of time off. Play it right and you can beat traffic home, giving you even more free time to play. However, I do not advocate working from home because you wouldn’t actually be working.

This is probably the most eclectic batch of tags I have ever posted.