Every week Sreejit, from “The Seeker’s Dungeon,” presents a writing challenge. I eagerly await Thursday morning, the day the prompt will arrive in my inbox. When I discovered that this week’s prompt was about propaganda and how our blogs could be seen as a form of propaganda, I was stumped. Did I agree with him? If he was right, how could I identify my own propaganda? How was I going to write about it? Where would I even begin? And how would my post be any different than my recent Lessons on Lessons post?
Here are some quotes and the directions that came with Sreejit’s prompt:
“No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth.”- John F. Kennedy, 1948 Democratic Party speech
“We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.” – B.W. Powe, Towards a Canada Of Light
We have a tendency to think of propaganda as an evil thing, but we are all selling something that we believe in. All media in this day and age is seeking to convey a political or social message, and to sway what is socially or politically acceptable to us. Even cartoons are often conveying a moral code.
In this sense, our own blogs are also forms of propaganda with an agenda, or message to convey. Put in plain and simple words what your agenda is. What message is it that you’re selling?
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that while I never present myself as knowing THE TRUTH, I do use my blog to share beliefs and opinions that I hold dear and think others would find useful. And part of me does think that others would probably be better off if they followed my “advice”, or if they thought about things the same way I do.
So what are some of the fundamental beliefs that could be seen as my “propaganda.”
- We have the opportunity to make MANY choices every day, choices about our feelings, thoughts, actions and attitudes
- We have the opportunity to learn from every choice we make.
- If we see all of our choices as opportunities for learning, rather than right or wrong, we will learn the lessons we need to learn faster and with less pain.
- Resistance to life’s lessons causes pain.
- Love heals.
- Life is full of magic.
- What we focus on we will find. If we focus on the negative, that is likely all that we will see.
- The answers are within. They may be hidden by years of trauma, but they are still inside us.
- The road to finding the answers is in quieting the mind. The answers often cannot be found by thinking.
- We are fundamentally good. We are whole.
- We are all learning.
- We are all doing the best we can do in this journey called life.