Misinformation

Blog 1552 – 12.18.2019

Misinformation

“The Devil is in the details” we are told, or “The way to hell is paved with good intentions.” These and a host of other pieces of misinformation are handed out to keep us confused and off balance. The “puppet-traitor” perpetrator of this campaign of misinformation is none other than our one and only true arch-enemy, no not some red-horned demon from that mythical place called hell, but one born out of the heart and mind of man, puny little ego.

It is our own ego and that of others that is the great disseminator of lies, half-truths, misinformation, and “fake news.” It is no use blaming people, the other party, the other team, even corporations for they are not the real culprits for as the comic strip Pogo captured so wisely, “We have discovered the enemy, and it is us.” Inside us, at least, stirring us to focus on lies and not the light.

I love the Christmas music that plays on many radio stations this time of year. I was listening yesterday to cowboy Gene Autry’s, Here Come Santa Claus, and the words rang ever true:

“Santa Claus know we’re all God’s children

And that makes everything right

So fill your hearts with Christmas cheer

‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight…

Peace on earth will come to all if we just follow the light,

So let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

So let’s give thanks to the Lord above ‘cause Santa Claus comes tonight.”

A couple more examples of just seemingly inconsequential misinformation that never the less does the trick of keeping us off-balance and confused:

In the U.S. from little children we have been taught to place our hand over the left side of our upper chest, where our heart we are told resides, and to say the pledge of allegiance to the flag : “One nation under God…” The “under God” was added as if the USA was the only nation “under God.” But the real misinformation is thinking our heart off center in our chests. It is not to the left or right but right in the center to keep us balanced.

And one more, U.S. piece of “fake news” children here are taught that there are seven seas, seven continents, and seven planets. Seven is supposed to be a complete number but not one of those three things really is seven. There are more than seven seas (Seven Seas makes many more dressing flavors than seven too.) Since Pluto was derated from planet to asteroid we have currently only six planets in the Solar System. But the most sinister misrepresentation of the three supposed sevens is the seven continents thingy. There are actually only four. To make it five you must divide the America’s, North and South into two (They are connected and one as we all are.) And also you must make Europe a separate continent from Asia which it clearly is not. Look at a map or just look at the four different colored rings on the Olympic flag representing the four continents that make up planet earth.

These subtle little pieces of misinformation make a difference where we end up. My daddy who loved story telling and math had a favorite “math mystery” that to him was a great story involving math:

“Three guys with limited resources were traveling together and they stopped for the night at a hotel and wishing to spend as little as possible they decided to share one room, splitting the cost equally. The bellhop was filling in at the check-in desk for the desk clerk while he was taking a break so the bellhop told the guys that a single room for the night would be thirty dollars. Each man ponied up a ten dollar bill. The bellhop put the money in the register, had the men sign in and took the men and their luggage up to the room.

When the bellhop returned to the lobby the desk clerk had returned from his break. The desk clerk told the bellhop that he had over charged the three men and gave him five dollars to return to them. On the way back up to the room, perplexed as to how he was going to divide that five dollars three ways equally among the men, he decided to give each man one dollar and keep the rest for himself. So that left each man paying nine dollars a piece for the room. Three times nine is twenty-seven. The bellhop kept two. What happened to the other dollar?”

My dad loved mysteries and to him this was an unsolvable one but there is really no mystery here just a little bit of unnecessary information that in this case is actually misinformation. “Three times nine equals twenty-seven” is the red herring”, that sends us on a “wild goose chase.” Actually the price of the room was twenty-five dollars, the bellhop returned three dollars of the thirty he had put in the register to the men and kept two dollars. There is and never was a missing dollar. Just as I believe there is and never was an “original sin” just perhaps a mistake and a lot of mistakes and misinformation along the way, propagated by ego to keep us off balance and in the dark as to Who and Whose we truly are and that we are and have always been loved, holy, and whole.

Your friend and fellow traveler.

Seeing you and myself in our highest light,

Sing it Gene,

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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