From the September 25th 2021 Good News Roundup by GNR:
We have all heard about the “Big Lie” — that Trump really won the 2020 election — and how dangerous it is. And that is 100% true. That is a big lie and it is really dangerous.
But there is another lie that is even worse. It is even more pernicious. It is even more widespread. And it is operates more subtly so we don’t even realize we are fighting it. It is the worst lie.
The worst lie is that being cynical is smart.
The worst lie is that life is just pain and hope is for suckers.
The worst lie is that people can’t change for the better and the world can’t improve and we can’t find beauty and unity and joy and hope in every moment.
The worst lie is that everything is awful and anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.
Why do they keep pushing this lie? Why did Putin say that “There is no happiness in life. There is only a mirage on the horizon.”
They tell that lie, again and again, in every way possible, because they only win if we believe that lie. If we believe that everyone is corrupt then they win. We no longer fight, because what is the point?
If we believe that Democrats are no better than Republicans then they win. We no longer fight, because what is the point?
If we believe that happiness is an illusion then they win. We no longer fight, because what is the point?
If we believe that the world is in a hopeless cycle of doom then they win. We no longer fight, because what is the point?
It is all part of the worst lie out there — that everything is incurably awful so there is no point to hope and fight for more.
It is a lie that is intoxicating because it absolves us of trying. It makes us feel clever, like we understand the world better than the poor naïve fools trying to make a differences. It allows us to be lazy and self righteous.
Please don’t, for one moment, believe that this is anything but a lie. Happiness is real. Love is real. People do change. Life does improve. Hope is powerful. Democrats could not be more different from Republicans. We can build a better future. People have been doing it for our entire history.
Seems like something we ought to remember right now...
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