You know, whatever suspicions anyone holds I really cannot find fault with the motto 'Deny Ignorance'. Ultimately I read the sentiment as the
suggestion we all try to educate ourselves; we attempt to gain a broader understanding of whatever particular matter we wish to consider though the
objective consideration of the information available. To me
'Deny Ignorance' doesn't mean you should unwaveringly accept everything you hear
from your favoured source be it Murdoch empire, the BBC, Russia Today, Aljazeera or ATS but neither does it mean blindly and automatically refuse
anything that comes from a source you believe unreliable.
To me it asks that we bear in mind the warning of Bertrand Russell:
If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will
refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept
it even on the slightest evidence.
It suggests that we recognise the warning when we find someone who offers a point with which we disagree. It suggests that we recognise the warning
when we find someone who offers a point with which we agree. It offers this through the suggestion that we think for ourselves, we remain alert; that
we question all positions including our own to find, as best as possible, the objective truth of a matter.
It suggest to me that if we take this position then as far as 'disinfo agents' are concerned we are armed as best we might be because as far as trying
to ascertain the truth of a matter we are armed as best as can manage. There, it is hoped, our consideration of a matter is not biased through desire
to support favour or refuse dissent but is as clear as possible due to the understanding we attempt to armour ourselves with.
How is this position of self education anything but beneficial in our ultimate attempt at defence against all propaganda from potential 'dis-info
agents' to subsidised and biased mainstream media reports? Might someone offer a post here or report a story in the MSM simply to further a particular
agenda? Possibly. We might move to investigate the author, we could I suppose take the time to thoroughly vet every single author of every single
story. How deep do we go? When do we return to the story offered?
To me it seems far simpler, far more realistic and perhaps even far more productive to adopt the starting position of questioning ourselves. If we
demand honest, objective understanding from ourselves then perhaps we can carry the recognition gained and stand that against comments offered from
- Deny Ignorance.
This motto has life. It has purpose. It demands ATS members to think.
It is a state of mind.
It is a sense of purpose.
It is a statement against the paradigm.
It is a rage against the mindless status-quo.
The idea of "deny ignorance" isn't a goal that ATS hopes to accomplish. Instead, it's a challenge. A call to all those who come here to aspire to a
higher state of awareness through informed discussion and debate.
Deny ignorance is what we do.
It's how we think. It's how we talk. It's how we listen.
Ignorance is the social disease of history. Is the evil that men do, the reason history repeats, and the cause of intolerance.
We deny it. it's not welcome here. Within these boundaries, it has no strength.
Here, ignorance is denied.
Hopefully such a position could ultimately offer us some level of automatic protection against the concerns over propaganda without leaving us
paralysed by scepticism or distracted by personally motivated witch hunts. From that position, even if 'disinfo agents' are attempting to distract or
deflect, persuade or bemuse, we are forearmed. Surely too then we are better positioned to spot such deception too. Let us never stop trying to
educate ourselves or be honest and true in that endeavour.
Engrave this Quote Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful. ~ Samuel
edit on 11/11/12 by JAK because: (no reason given)