People like to distill social and political issues such as race, class and gender down to simple black and white good or evil, which in both cases tends to entirely misrepresent and distort issues. Absolutes like all or never are much simpler to grasp than the truth: that there are multiple angles for everything, no one or thing can be judged at a glance and small details are more important than we give them credit. This simplification is a useful tool when pushing politics or propaganda but the truth is rarely simple and our world grows more complex by the day. Nearly every rule has exceptions, a statement which is itself an oversimplification. It is for the reasons that we should question everything through as objective a viewpoint as we can get in this relative universe before drawing conclusions. This means that first hand experience is most important, followed by second and third hand sources. In a three dimensional world we must learn to think in three dimensions, to examine ideas and assertions from every angle with a critical gaze.
Ideally this method should be applied to all the information you receive. Senses can be tricked and memories fail so our minds fill in the blanks. That is why single eye-witness testimony is no longer enough to convict someone of a crime. Practicing the above is absolutely necessary if you want to know the real truth of things and not fall victim to the scam of political propaganda and extremism that will call on you to sacrifice your life or your beliefs, or to take someone else’s away based on lies, half-truths and manipulations. Don’t let yourself be a pawn or a puppet to advance the agendas of politicians or extremists on the left or right. That divide is an illusion too.
–Jack Blare, 2018