I’m sipping a coffee in my afternoon office (cafe) and happened across this Greenpeace interview with Lord Monckton in Copenhagen. As I mentioned Lord Monckton in my recent article: Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, I found it very interesting and relevant to share with you here.
The video is further down. Watch it as an interesting way to use the facts in any conversation. It leads to a great interview.
Don’t Believe Everything That Is Rammed Down Your Throat
There’s a saying (by skeptics): Don’t believe anything you hear, and only half of what you see!
The meaning of this rings true to me in one aspect: The Media! Newspapers, Radio and TV control our minds and change cultures over the decades. Media fact #1: Everyone knows that 9/11 was orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden, right? And that Afghanistan housed and supported him and that that nation just had to be punished and taken over. Russia failed in a 10 year bid to take it, so now it’s the USA’s turn. Media fact #2: Everyone knows that the west are the good guys in all the wars (peacetime and wartime wars) and that the guys in the east (any east will do, right!) are the bad guys. Unless, of course it’s Israel and then we can call them west, even when they terror bombard their neighbors in the name of peace and get away scott free! Ah, the liberties of democracy! (authors note: above paragraph is written laced with sarcasm)
“History is written by the victor – The loser gets convicted of war crimes”
How horrible to be a child growing up in a country that is being hated by people that never set foot anywhere near them. And we wonder why some of those guys end up hating us!
The media reeks of lies and manipulation! We know this and some don’t buy into it – yet many do.
Lord Monckton vs Greenpeace
Lord Monckton is a guy (former advisor to Margaret Thatcher) who is standing up to his beliefs against the world media. I am not saying that I believe him; What I am saying is this:
Listen to other people’s opinions. Don’t write them off just because your mind is made up already. In this interview with a Greenpeace demonstrator, Lord Monckton simply asks her to make up her mind based on her own research, not on others (The Media). He also makes a very good point. He says:
“Don’t believe me or anyone else. Look for yourself”
Now someone is bound to get upset with Lord Monckton in this video. No one can however deny which one (Monckton / Greenpeace Lady) is acting based on research and which one is acting on belief in the above video.
Like someone said to me years ago: “If someone told you that jumping off a cliff is good for you, would you do it? Then why do you believe everything they say on the news!!”
An Open Mind Is An Independent Mind
It has always baffled me why people get their underwear in a big knott, when a topic comes up that their mind is already made up against. It is perfectly OK to discuss something that you disagree with and still stay calm and keep an open mind! And of course, if you haven’t seen it with your own eyes, it has not been proven by yourself – but by someone else. Someone else has made up your mind for you… maybe it is the media.
What do I believe? I’m a bit on the fence. I’m still making up my mind on what my “opinion” will be. Not my knowledge – My Opinion.
Like John Fogerty sang in 1985: “I know it’s true… Oh so true… ’cause I saw it on TV”
Until next time…
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