The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.~John Grierson
On our early morning walks in Mexico, we often stopped at a little cafe in downtown San Jose del Cabo. As we sipped our coffee in the sunlit courtyard, we caught up on the news and savored the slower pace of the day. This unique fountain mirrored the repetition of our days spent relaxing in the sun and enjoying this beautiful part of Mexico. We didn’t want to leave.
At the same time, we couldn’t ignore what was happening at home. The political news from Washington also has its own pattern–a steady beat of accusations and denials–amidst a swirl of political chaos. After a while, it started to sound like white noise–with a subtext of its own. This quote by John Grierson reflects my own thoughts about the danger we face as a divided nation, where most of us are convinced that our truth is the truth.
In fact, we all are prey to propaganda–no matter what we believe. It’s also tempting to repeat our point of view to others who share our perspective. But there is a danger in that. If we keep repeating our own truth and stop listening to others who see things differently, are we ever going to find common ground between us?
I’ll leave you with this thought and these images today as we remember all those who have fought in wars to defend the country we call home. Have a wonderful Memorial Day holiday, everyone, and a great start of the summer season!
P.S. The original fountain shot was transformed into monochrome with Nik HDR and Silver Effects filters. Want more monochrome? Visit Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness for a visual treat.