I’m sick of being lied to! Aren’t you? Is it just me, or do you get the sense that everything we’re told is at the very least, a partial lie? Half-truths, biased news, weighted polls, skewed data, forced perspective, Photoshop, PR gloss, and don’t even get me started on the politicians! It seems like everything we’re told has some sort of spin that makes its validity questionable, at best. I’m going to date myself with this one, but I’ve already come to the conclusion that it’s ridiculous to try to hide my age anyway! So, just to get it out of the way for anyone new to these… I’m turning 40 this year. Gasp! I’m a Gen X-er who is in the process of becoming one of those “old” people. With all the access to information available, there’s no point in trying to hide something so trivial and unavoidable as age. Besides, if I take into consideration how I feel on average, I’m younger now than I was 10 years ago! (I’ll have to write one of these on my struggle with weight and how I was finally able to drop more than 70 pounds.) But, I digress…
Take Bill Cosby, for example. Wholesome, all-American dad, or sexual predator? The courts will have to sort that one out, but one of my childhood icons is now forever tainted. Pick up any magazine with a cover model, and you can bet it’s been retouched. Your favorite song? Chances are the singer has been Auto-Tuned. Even our history books are guilty of creative editing and selective truths.
I remember when “Reality TV” was just starting out. We were all taken in by these “real” people and how they dealt with these “real” scenarios. We actually thought it was real! Now, we understand that cast members are chosen to portray certain archetypes, and scenes are set up with the outcomes pre-scripted, but when that became public knowledge, it was quite the scandal. Reality, my eye!
Even journalists and scientists are guilty of crafting their stories. These professions that are supposed to be the bastions of truth have been shown time and again to skew data and perception to obtain their desired results. As a society, we’re now asked on a daily basis to look at something we know to be false and call it the truth!
We do it to ourselves, too. There probably aren’t many of you in our little circle who do this, but we’ve all seen social media pages whose “likes” and followers are artificial and inorganic. It’s offensive how easy and inexpensive it is to buy popularity for any given page. Mostly, though, it’s just sad, and not in the way you may think.
I’ll admit, I’ve considered padding my numbers on my pages. You have to look like you’re interesting for anyone to be interested, right? You have to appear successful before you can actually obtain success. Fake it til you make it. I’m sure you’ve heard them all, too, and I’ve been tempted to cynically buy in. Twelve views on my YouTube video as of this morning doesn’t really do much for hope or self-esteem, you know? But in the end, it would just be another lie. Only this time, I’d be lying to myself.
That’s the sad part. We’ve been convinced by just about every form of media that who we really are isn’t good enough, and now we have to lie to ourselves just to feel good anymore! Let’s start a rally cry right here and now to call out the lies for what they are, and start believing we’re all fearfully and wonderfully made! How’s that for being good enough?!
I may be alone in this, (and I’ve already decided that I’m okay with it if I am), but if we want something to change, we have to live it in our own lives, first. So, I refuse to give in and go along with the pressures of social convention. Truth still matters, (I hope), and I just want to be real (https://childofgodministries.com/2016/04/on-being-myself-tltr/). I’m not a good enough actress to convince you I’m anything different than who I really am, anyway. I just hope and pray that the real me isn’t a complete failure.
Twelve views, though… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYQoR_uY4-s