Fact or Fiction?
It’s often said that knowledge is power.
But what if that knowledge is actually misinformation? What if it’s not knowledge but rather some kind of erroneous theory or concept being peddled as fact? Or what if it’s a blatant lie?
Once upon a time, we all knew that the earth was flat. It was common knowledge. We also knew that it was physically impossible for a human to run a sub four-minute mile; the scientists had done the research. Until the advent of the microscope (and the subsequent discovery of micro-organisms), the world’s scientific community ‘knew’ that life could be spontaneously generated from inanimate (non-living) matter. Which is how they explained maggots being ‘created’ from rotting meat.
I feel queasy.
So, with these mildly-interesting examples in mind, is there any chance that some of your current knowledge might one day prove to be something else?
Knowledge Isn’t Power When…
- You ‘know’ you’re an idiot because your grade five teacher told you so. Thirty years ago.
- Your very educated trainer ‘teaches’ you that you need fat-burning drugs to reach your potential. Especially the ones he can supply to you at a discounted rate; because he cares.
- You’ve ‘learned’ that you’re going to hell because you’re not attracted to the ‘right’ sex.
- Your ‘teacher’ has a vested interest in manipulating your beliefs. As if that would happen.
- You ‘know’ you’re not artistic because your mum said.
- You ‘know’ all men are dirtbags because one broke your heart.
- You ‘know’ carbs are bad. Especially after three.
- A chart in a book tells you how many calories you will need tomorrow.
- You ‘know’ how to get lean because the dude on the infomercial told you (and he was really lean).
Discover your own truth. Think for yourself. Learn to unlearn. Ask questions. Be curious. Trust slowly. Things are not always as they seem and sometimes, ‘fact’ is fiction.