An Epiphany of Epic Proportions

I suppose to understand fully the context of this commentary, you’ve gotta read the piece Lloyd published this morning in Lloyd’s Rants.  Go check it out, and then come back.  It’s fine, I’ll wait.

Lloyd has never, ever been exactly genteel in his delivery – some folks say he’s a bit rough around the edges, but you’ll seldom run across anyone who tells it like it is, or at least his version of it, as truthfully or as forcefully as Lloyd does.

Last evening, he brought about an excellent commentary on some of the Bulletins he waded through on my MySpace account last night – fully with my permission and encouragement – and it brought to light some truths as evidenced by HIS comments on them:

“I just call ‘em like I see em.  Most of those posts are re-posts of stuff that’s not all that new, not all that fresh, none of it original material, most of it without citing any sources or references, and the repeat violators generally use way too much in the way of hysteria-producing grammar and punctuation.”

Mobius laughs.

“Thanks, Captain Obvious – anything else to add there?”

“Well, now that you ask me, yes.  And as for your Captain Obvious reference, remember that it was I who pointed it out to your otherwise oblivious ass!”

“Touche, kind sir.  Continue.  I’m listening.”

“I’ve noticed that several folks are actually posting things and trying to make it look like it’s original material.  Aside from the fact that you can Google a line or two and see where it was ORIGINALLY posted, when you go to their MySpace pages you can tell in about 30 seconds that these people have NEVER had a thought matching the intellect level of the post in question.  I’m sure some of them are even borderline dangerous – posting things that they can’t possibly understand, despite the validity of the material, and then presenting it as their own….well that just discredits the entire message that’s being presented.”

Wow.  Guilty as charged, aren’t we?  Not that I’ve EVER done ANYTHING like that before myself (sarcasm alert), but we DO tend to over-hype, perhaps in an abundance of zeal to get people informed about what’s happening in this place that used to be The United States of America.

We post oldies-but-goodies, we fail to cite sources or proper references, and sometimes we post things we know damn well are bullshit but serve to prove the points that we like to make.  We fail to perform even the simplest fact-checking before we blindly pass along things to others.

Are we, as a movement, becoming just as bad as Mainstream, Corporately-Controlled Media?

We’re getting very close to that, folks.  I waded through over 1800 bulletins from our little MySpace community, and there were exactly 15 that contained what a reasonable person would consider new, non-repeated, factual information, presented with references, verifiable sources and left you to draw your own conclusions, instead of pushing the poster’s conclusions down your throat.

“Sheeple” (the folks who’ve been informed and either think it’s all paranoia or choose not to accept clear, simple facts because the truth’s too painful) are usually part of the system that’s gotten us here.  What we need are more folks willing to listen to the truth about things, and then go forward to tell others.

Activities like ‘preaching to the truther choir’ will definitely serve to get us fired up and enthusiastic, but as a group that’s hardly necessary.  Most of us realize that we’re in the middle of economic and political warfare being waged against the very foundations of our country, at all levels.

Our Revolution will only occur when we have the numbers.  This means that we need to spend more time on informing the uninformed – reaching out to those clueless folks who simply can’t see what’s going on, and even trying to convince our ‘sheeple’ friends to reconsider their positions.

Even though we’ve got a few months to go before 2009 gets here, I’m going to make at least one resolution – to open my eyes even further, appreciate those in our movement who do ANYTHING at all, but focus more on those who add to the quality and appeal of our message.

In Truth, I am,

Mobiüs

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