posted on May, 2 2011 @ 05:16 PM
Not to much surprise today, the news was dominated by Bin Laden’s death. While there certainly remains a lot to be debated about this case, I found
it interesting to see the passionate reactions of my friends, family, and co-workers.
I often forget that we live in a rather different world than most of public. When this story first broke last night, we (ATS) immediately questioned
its authenticity, and the threads were buzzing:
“Hasn’t he been dead for a long time?” “Why wasn’t he taken alive?” “Did we get any information?” “Why was his body dumped at
sea?” “Was there any physical visual evidence that any of this took place yesterday?” These were but a few of several questions that have been
Most of us can only guess at these answers, but the point is, we questioned what was fed to us. Because what I observed today made me realize that
most of the public does NOT question what they hear, and that we still have a long way to go.
Today was probably a tough day to watch, to see people on the news and people we know blindly rejoicing. It was a cold reminder that we are,
unfortunately, still in the minority.
But at least it paints a clearer picture of where we are and what we must do to get everyone thinking for themselves.
The best thing we can do is to try to enlighten the people we know. When you are in conversation with them, whatever the topic, just try to add a
question or two to peak their curiosity. For example, today, you might could add to the office chatter: “Don’t you think it’s odd that they
buried the body at sea so quickly?” And just leave it at that. They probably won’t think anything of it, BUT, on the other hand, it just might
get them to start thinking for themselves and lead to them questioning other things. Also, do not try to educate them or give them your version of
the “truth”. This will only make you come off as a nut and can easily offend someone, and besides how is your truth any more valid than theirs?
Remember, the goal is to get people thinking. I’m sure most of us can recall that first moment when our eyes were opened. If this can happen for
the rest of the population, then the sky is the limit.