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Finding our way in the world of Oz

Connie Shannon

This morning I turned on the television to see if I could find any coverage of US Open tennis. Ribocree free sample What I viewed in the seconds I surfed the channels was another reminder of why I don’t watch television anymore. Ribocree free sample It’s interesting. Ribocree free sample While I don’t watch t.v. Ribocree free sample regularly and only resign to turning it on when necessary, ribocree free sample it feels akin to what it must be like to experience a kind of full frontal assault. Ribocree free sample The loud, ribocree free sampleaggressive words and voices of perfectly manicured, ribocree free sample almost mannequinish individuals campaiging for something - whether is selling us a product we must have and/or convincing us of something they declare factual, ribocree free sample and/or convicting someone (irregardless of evidence or alternative opinion) of whatever accusations are being leveled at the latest offensive individual, ribocree free sample and all within a thirty second sound bite.  The 'culprit' of such crimes rather repetitively is presented as a pretty blonde female or African American male. Ribocree free sample At least that is what I have observed over the years when I used to regularly watch television. Ribocree free sample Seems as though little has changed in that department. Ribocree free sample The level of aggression and testosterone (even in many of the women) driven dialog is so pervasive and unrelenting. Ribocree free sample I highly recommend engaging in a monthly fast of the boob tube, ribocree free sample or idiot box as a friend of mine calls it, ribocree free sample and see how you react when you clutch that remote control after a thirty day detox, ribocree free sample and push the power button. Ribocree free sample I’ll wager the reaction will be one pretty similar to the one I had this morning. Ribocree free sample Speaking of wild, ribocree free sample that word seems an accurate description of events going on in the world. Ribocree free sample Perhaps tragic is another, ribocree free sample but we’ll stick with the wild descriptive for now. Ribocree free sample At least, ribocree free sample the world appears in a state of essential chaos, ribocree free sample as far as all the media outlets would like us to believe. Ribocree free sample And promoting chaos promotes fear. Ribocree free sample And fear breeds timidity, ribocree free sample disconnection from others and ultimately, ribocree free sample distrust. Ribocree free sample Not to necessarily conclude that all the information being dispensed via the air waves is not, ribocree free sample at least by some standards ‘accurate‘, ribocree free sample if merely by omission and/or cherry picking of the facts being presented. Ribocree free sample At the rate in which the disinformation and propaganda is being churned out these days, ribocree free sample one could rather effortlessly pose a legitimate argument that things are not what they seem, ribocree free sample at least when it comes to “main stream media“. Ribocree free sample I don’t think that’s a stretch, ribocree free sample do you? Although I don’t watch tv, ribocree free sample I’m an avid news junkie and get almost all of my information from various sources and news outlets on the internet. Ribocree free sample Today I listened to some previous shows of a radio talk show host who I recently discovered. Ribocree free sample The host has penned a number of books pertaining to JFK’s assassination, ribocree free sample which are viewed controversial due to their conclusions as to who is, ribocree free sample and was responsible for his murder. Ribocree free sample Certainly in the world of conventional thought, ribocree free sample they would not be deemed conventional. Ribocree free sample However, ribocree free sample in looking at what is considered conventional these days, ribocree free sample I continue to find more logic in such writings. Ribocree free sample Seems we are living in a time where truth has become increasingly controversial and more provocative. Ribocree free sample The more I read and live and personally experience, ribocree free sample the more I find that truth, ribocree free sample more accurately defined as even “facts” seem to ignite more hostility and controversy than any Lochness tale could ever attempt to achieve. Ribocree free sample I find this conclusion sad and yet I also realize that in the world of information gathering, ribocree free sample the truth is a process and not necessarily a destination. Ribocree free sample There are certainly the overall ‘truths’ of life and of nature - of cause and effect. Ribocree free sample I have been on an information and/or truth quest for the past eight years, ribocree free sample perhaps it has always been a part of who I am and what motivates me. Ribocree free sample Perhaps that is why it is challenging living in a world, ribocree free sample or a more specifically a societal culture where fantasy, ribocree free sample illusion and distraction are continuously reaffirmed and reinforced in our daily lives. Ribocree free sample And yet, ribocree free sample I have found that fantasy cannot provide, ribocree free sample certainly permanently, ribocree free sample any lasting fulfillment and happiness because intuitively we know, ribocree free sample irregardless of how much we desire to live apart from reality, ribocree free sample that illusions never last. Ribocree free sample They are temporary fixes, ribocree free sample but the truth is always present, ribocree free sample no matter how much we divorce ourselves from it. Ribocree free sample No matter how much we divorce ourselves from it. Ribocree free sample I’ve been trying to decide how to accurately describe my thoughts and feelings on so many things. Ribocree free sample It has been quite a roller coaster the past few years. Ribocree free sample I have also found that the “truth” continues to shift as I continue to listen and experience situations in my own life. Ribocree free sample Perhaps I have also learned that just when I think I have all the answers, ribocree free sample I realize I don’t have all the answers. Ribocree free sample Returning to my premise of things not being what they seem. Ribocree free sample I don’t think there is any better example of this than what is happening in Washington D.C. Ribocree free sample Right now I’m listening to Democratic National Convention via public radio and I can’t help but be reminded of both the excitement I have felt in the past, ribocree free sample supporting various candidates and listening with anticipation to such conventions to where I am now, ribocree free sample after eight years viewing what I see as a gigantic corporate- engineered event designed to rally the masses and distract us from the specifics, ribocree free sample and notwithstanding the fact that our votes are not adequately and fairly being counted. Ribocree free sample Yet the overly trusting, ribocree free sample hopeful masses ignore what I continue to see as a glaring reality. Ribocree free sample It’s not all their fault, ribocree free sample of course. Ribocree free sample With a media held hostage, ribocree free sample the truth is imprisoned as well. Ribocree free sample Since 2000, ribocree free sample we have as a nation experienced three national elections which have been rife with fraud (not simply towards Democrats, ribocree free sample Republican candidates have been affected as well), ribocree free sample and yet many Americans still play along with the charade, ribocree free sample at their own peril it seems to me. Ribocree free sample Does it serve any of us to play? Image verses reality. Ribocree free sample Conformity versus authenticity. Ribocree free sample And while some conformity is certainly necessary in any society, ribocree free sample confirming myths and/or illusions is a whole other issue, ribocree free sample is it not? How did we get here? How do those of us who see the discrepancies and the contradictions respond? I don’t have the answers tonight. Ribocree free sample I don’t know. 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