In this episode, I examine several current news stories through the prism of a misnomer – that perception is reality. That’s not true, nor has it ever been. Perception causes a belief in a reality, but it is false. The misconception is created in a person’s mind, but that does make it a fact. I start by quoting a school board member for the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD. With the knowledge the CDC would likely be greatly reducing the mask guidance, they discussed it’s meaning for the school system. Ms. O’Looney actually stated she did not care what the data says, because she believes it is more important to put perception over reality. I’m not making that up. She wants to prevent children who have been lied to this long about the effectiveness of masks from hearing the truth and risk them feeling anxious about it.
Shouldn’t the answer be to admit they were wrong and tell the students the truth? Why are the wanting to keep the “perception” in place when that, in and of itself, is what is really causing the anxiety? Ms. O’Looney is guilty of projecting her own fears onto others rather than dealing with them herself.
And we see this very thing happening in administrations around the world. In Canada, where Prime Minister Trudeau was so quick to create the perception that the Freedom Convoy were enemies of the state, he seized their accounts. Now, days after saying the “emergency” is over, accounts are still frozen.
In New Zealand, the self-appointed health dictator, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continued to fuel the perception that lock-downs and mandates not only work, but also are necessary for the good of all. She has been doubling-down on the vaccines and boosters and masks without regard for liberty, freedom or due process. Thankfully, the New Zealand high court left her reeling on Friday after ruling her vaccine mandates represented a “gross violation of human rights” for New Zealanders.
I bring it all to a close with an examination of the White House and the sanctions placed on Russia. The perception is President Biden is being tough of Russia and the legacy media is playing the role of helping to spread that propaganda. The reality is, we have been and are still importing 600,000 barrels of oil a day from Russia. Our sanctions do not in any way affect anything to do with Russia’s energy sector. We are not hurting them. We are funding their war operation because we don’t want to produce our own oil. The Biden administration has given the extremist environmentalist movement a perception we are reducing drilling to appease them, only to fund our enemies by buying fossil fuels from them.
We are caught in a cycle of letting politicians create fantasies they desperately want to be true, who then turn around and sell them to us as if they are true. And, routinely, people fall for it because it is all about feelings and beliefs, not facts or truth. We have got to get back to dealing with reality, which means data is important, truth is important and facts are not subject to dismissal.