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Truth And Politic

I’ve finished watching the film “Lincoln” and was struck with the degree to which one can held fast onto one’s own beliefs & convictions. If my memory serves me, wasn’t it Machiavelli who said (in the Prince) that the person (group) who owns the words wins? This is the issue that troubles me most about our current political discourse. Our political structure is in large part based on the idea of reasonable presentations of information, and the arguments proceed from that information. What convinces the masses are not facts…but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably anpart.

The compartmentalization of the brain may have allowed all this. I always ask myself if there is part of the brain that the idea of ethics resides in and that we can improve our lot by bringing that compartment to the foreground and let it control all other processes? Kind of a traffic cop whose job is to suppress the untruth and promote the true, good and the beautiful. I am even willing to let genetic engineering take over and do that for us. Hannah Arendt wrote, “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

This is not particularly difficult to comprehend. Truth is complicated, difficult to grasp, and often makes us feel uncomfortable. Fiction can be (and frequently is) tailored to our prejudices and beliefs.

To paraphrase, I was once asked if I think that problems in human existence are caused by ignorance or indifference. Harari wrote ‘Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind’ in it he articulates much the same philosophy of “myth” and “belief” as he describes in his article. He distinguishes human development from other primates (and animal species) purely on our power to believe in myths – the stories we tell ourselves about the way things are or should be. Human mythology is apparently so powerful that it allows us to believe something that is patently untrue because it is the glue that holds human societies together. The Emperor or the Pharaoh, whatever that means can take advantage of this panoply of beliefs and facts that cloud our thinking and insert their fantasies and lies into our culture, especially among the gullible masses, to encourage obedience and unquestioning loyalty.

There is an interesting mix of emotion, a plethora of political information, personal unknowns and our own rationality to try to balance out our personal opinion and decision making processes. The process of engaging the world through thoughtful news examination is, I believe, something that Socrates himself would affirm. Belief and passion have their place in our political and social firmament, but to depend on those alone is to build one’s house on sand.

 

Sjorne Shen

 

 

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18 Responses to “Truth And Politic”

  • Pokkai:

    Hindsight vote hindsight.

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  • oxygen:

    POLITICAL LIES ARE SHAMELESS but the corrupt and incompetent can only survive on these diet.

    All dictatorships failed in history – the last emperor/empress in every Chinese dynasty (as told to me by a PRC) died in miserable tragic circumstances.

    This is the same parallel in other parts of the world.

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  • theforgottongeneration:

    “….What convinces the masses are not facts…but only the consistency of the system of which they are presumably anpart….”

    Aiyah, that’s why (in simple terms) an effective propaganda machine is very important to weak/incompetent/useless/unethical leaders, hence SG media is ranked 160 in the world. Sometimes no need to go into deep thought analysis, the truth is in front for anyone to see.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    …based on the idea of reasonable presentations of information, and the arguments proceed from that information.
    ======================================================================
    You are right, Shen.

    So how much fake news was disseminate by Western powers & China during the Hong Kees protest ?

    Even the church support the fake news manufactured by Lai’s Apple Daily that the girl was shot in the eyes by police.

    And the church, based on the fake news without checking, mobilize their congregation to riot on the streets.

    This is how democracy works….

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Readers,
    Do not trust or hong kee or ROC/CCP croak coaches take on demoncracy.

    Please read this real Professor diagnosis on Singapore. (watch video at 16:00)
    新加坡要走自己的路, 不要相信欧美那一套民主
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BbrdZmUKV4

    This good professor is right.
    Singapore must not trust Western power.
    And Singapore must also not trust China.

    Singapore should only trust ourselves.
    Singapore interest come first.
    Only PAP could upheld Singapore interest.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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  • Harder Truths:

    $G after ‘independence’ has never had any use for real truth or good and evil. $G was always about puppy eat puppy. And this is what the society is today. People here get where they are going by stepping or backstabbing someone else.

    People do not have friends – they have targets they need to accomplish goals. The ‘friendship’ lasts for as long as the target is useful, to be discarded when it is not. This is the real $ingapore, the need to f*ck over everyone else to be successful.

    People can never win in $ingapore, because the system is rigged against you from Day 1. There is always some ‘foreign talent’ in this world who is stringer, faster, whiter, smarter, better connected or richer than the locals.

    What goes around comes around. IN a crisis like now that is more true than ever.

    How exciting!

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    When modern man read ancient philosophy…he “thinks” he is well endowed with the brilliance n thinking of the past n put it to use in the present regardless of the CON-SEQUENCES…
    LIE CON YOU better known as LKY comes to mind…

    Many thanks for opening the minds of many Sjorne S…ie if the stamps can b removed from their eyes n see REALITY and NOT the ILLUSION

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  • How did Pappy get so rotten?:

    The Occultic Cartel at the height$$$ of the Global Wealth Chain – The Luciferian Illuminati. Ahgong wants your $oul and your labor….you damned good for nothing low caste sheeples.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    theforgottongeneration:
    Aiyah, that’s why (in simple terms) an effective propaganda machine is very important to weak/incompetent/useless/unethical leaders,

    Yes, I agreed that effective propaganda machine is very important to weak/incompetent/useless/unethical leaders, so …

    1. Is Americunts/Britcunts leaders weak/incompetent/useless/unethical: where is the weapon of mass destruction that Americunts/Britcunts claim Iraq possessed ?

    2. Is Chinacunts leader weak/incompetent/useless/unethical: stealing our investment in SuZhou Park and stealing our advanced Terrex technology ?

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • I am MIKE:

    Very simple Sjorne, there are people with a more fragile heart. Just like this MV shows.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rp7UPbhErE&noapp=1

    It has been too long since the last world war.
    I am waiting for the next to come.

    SG starts discriminating non-vaxx, what’s the differences to the days before Hitler roam across europe?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Harder Truths:
    $G after ‘independence’ has never had any use for real truth or good and evil. $G was always about puppy eat puppy. And this is what the society is today. People here get where they are going by stepping or backstabbing someone else.

    So you think only Singaporeans did that and your Americunts are angels goody 2 shoes ?

    You conveniently overlook your great Americunts are now using veiled threats to force Samsung and tsmc to hand over their trade secrets ?

    Ang Mo Tua Kee right ?

    Harder Truths:
    People do not have friends – they have targets they need to accomplish goals. The ‘friendship’ lasts for as long as the target is useful, to be discarded when it is not. This is the real $ingapore, the need to f*ck over everyone else to be successful.

    How about your Americunts ? In $$ We Tru$t… No ?

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend. No ?

    Harder Truths:
    People can never win in $ingapore, because the system is rigged against you from Day 1. There is always some ‘foreign talent’ in this world who is stringer, faster, whiter, smarter, better connected or richer than the locals.

    Don’t be jealous of others success if you are lazy and do not bother to build connection, blame yourselves and no one else.

    No ?

    If native Singaporeans are falling behind because “the spurs are not stuck into the hide,” that is their problem. – Excerpt from the National Geographic Magazine article

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I am MIKE:
    Very simple Sjorne, there are people with a more fragile heart. Just like this MV shows.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-Rp7UPbhErE&noapp=1

    It has been too long since the last world war.
    I am waiting for the next to come.

    SG starts discriminating non-vaxx, what’s the differences to the days before Hitler roam across europe?

    Ah… namwee… the real asian talent. This is the reason why Singapore need to be open to foreign talen as Singapore has no talents except cheat to pass exam with 10 years series.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Readers,
    Do not trust or hong kee or ROC/CCP croak coaches take on demoncracy.

    Please read this real Professor diagnosis on Singapore. (watch video at 16:00)
    新加坡要走自己的路, 不要相信欧美那一套民主
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BbrdZmUKV4

    This good professor is right.
    Singapore must not trust Western power.
    And Singapore must also not trust China.

    Singapore should only trust ourselves.
    Singapore interest come first.
    Only PAP could upheld Singapore interest.

    PAP supporters please print/distribute/share my post.
    In Dollar$ We Tru$t. Prai$e the Dollar$. Glory be with the Dollar$

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaperer, Betterer, Fasterer

    I am so excited…many true blue younger Singaporeans has now extract the video starting at 16:02 and share on whatsapp…

    True blue younger Singaporean PAP supporters keep it up … I will share more hard truth, not fake news to debunk opposition fake news or CIA operated National Endowment for Democracy fake democracy news….

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  • I am MIKE:

    @ Singaporeans R Free Riders

    Good that you know him. You very knowledgeable leh!

    I agree with you that SG got NO talent generally. Mostly academic nerds with no soul and moral.

    Everyone has their own expertise area. But far few SGrean have soul and moral consciousness.

    Why SGrean ‘anti’ foreigners when the one who allows that IS the G? SGrean got no basic critical thinking and analytical skill. Bunch of potatoes where only source of information comes from ST, CNA, Today, ZB etc.

    Its just like the dad kept a mistress and the kids go wack the mistress instead get justice from the father.

    I see no up those who anti foreigners. You get beaten up and you beat up others who are weaker than you.

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  • I am MIKE:

    Haha more like advertising for Royal Imperialism system to be established in SG?
    The video is a ‘new’ propaganda based on old Imperialism Testaments.
    Interesting that several pro-CCP sites are starting to present similar stories in supporting Imperialistic Fascism.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: I am so excited…many true blue younger Singaporeans has now extract the video starting at 16:02 and share on whatsapp…

    True blue younger Singaporean PAP supporters keep it up … I will share more hard truth, not fake news to debunk opposition fake news or CIA operated National Endowment for Democracy fake democracy news….

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  • On a lighter side of darkness:

    https://www.denofgeek.com/books/pride-and-prejudice-and-zombies-review-and-seth-grahame-smith-interview/

    “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other ambitions so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed.”

    (Abraham Lincoln, 1832)

    https://youtu.be/wZp7eBStN1U

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I am MIKE:
    @ Singaporeans R Free Riders

    Good that you know him. You very knowledgeable leh!

    Of course lah…me is same as Namwee… multicultural one… and Namwee is truly talent… not copy cat like Singaporeans 10 years series cheater.

    Hilarious Thai Song!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaZ5eV9BEX8

    Japanglish Song for Tokyo Olympic!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhGnuWwpNxI

    DO NOT bring Singaporean Girl go Taipei for Trip!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq94GaGoMbc

    I am MIKE:
    I agree with you that SG got NO talent generally. Mostly academic nerds with no soul and moral.

    Everyone has their own expertise area. But far few SGrean have soul and moral consciousness.

    Aiyo, how can Oppie Singaporeans got soul and moral consciousness when all they know is just brainlessly parrot/copy Ang Mo Tua Kee and believe every single thing Ang Mo told them. (even church also believe in fake news)

    I am MIKE:
    I see no up those who anti foreigners. You get beaten up and you beat up others who are weaker than you.

    Forgive them lah… small minded people are like that ‘cos small minded people can only bully people who are weaker than them…

    You think everyone is like Professor Peng meh who is so upright and honest that he dare take on President Tsai fake degree investigation and exposed her fake 1.5 degree.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I am MIKE:
    Haha more like advertising for Royal Imperialism system to be established in SG?
    The video is a ‘new’ propaganda based on old Imperialism Testaments.
    Interesting that several pro-CCP sites are starting to present similar stories in supporting Imperialistic Fascism.

    There will always be 2 side, no matter how thin you slice it.

    So, you take your pick and choose who you trusted most. Heck even same religion had so many different sects that bad mouth each other to gain more followers for themselves.

    Because the more people believe and trust in that religion, the more money it has and follow by power.

    In Dollar$ We Tru$t, Glory be with the Dollar$, In Praise of Dollar$

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