News that builds from passion isn’t journalism; it’s just propaganda. I take very seriously my assertion that this world is mere shadows, the reality is far more flexible than Western minds can grasp. And I take seriously that perception is reality, something that affects human existence in more ways than even we can imagine. We don’t just report events; we who manage to attract attention are also shaping perception and reality at the same time. Let’s be responsible about this and not embarrass our Creator.
I’d like to offer this article from Bill Sardi. Not because I’m a big fan; he’s a libertarian activist. But he does help us with asking the right questions on a lot of issues, particularly involving public health propaganda. In this particular article, he reminds us not to fall prey to our own human biases. Remember what I said about the pillars of Christian Mysticism? One of them includes: Don’t trust yourself too much. Let your mind learn holy cynicism about everything, including the person in the mirror. The best you can do at any moment is accept something as provisionally accurate. Your heart knows, but your mind is full of confusion and needs a lot of unlearning.
We read and engage journalism on that level of distrust. If you realize that the primary purpose of most journalism, including all the various independent individual keyboard commandos across the Internet, is to stir feeling and perhaps some particular concerted action, what you actually perceive from them is where they are trying to herd us next. Don’t listen; learn to recognize the voice of the Divine Shepherd of Souls. He speaks first through the heart.