Truth is dead.
At present it seems that truth has never been so partial, so sectarian. Truth is what our tribe wants it to be. It is fed to us by algorithm. It has no external frame of reference.
But if you know the truth, it will set you free. What does this mean? It is perhaps not surprising that these words were spoken in the context of Jesus challenging religious dogma; blinkered narrow views that victiised and enslaved others.
As we run up to COP26, one of the greatest obstacles we face in trying to commit to real positive action is the way that truth has been deliberately distorted, by politicians, think tanks and faux-acedemics, all in the paid service of the oil industry, who have spent millions to muddy the waters.
1984 and more
The field was full, said Spicer
The NHS is broken
The Holocaust was fake news
The world is not warming
(And I never touched that woman)
Wealth trickles down
Poverty is the direct consequence of indolence
I did not say what you heard me say
And should you contradict
Future truth will land only in the laps
Of some other network
Ignore those all those pinko academics,
for I have alternative facts
from the University of Google
Conspiracies are the spice of my digital life
This kind of toxicity resists all known antibiotics
It seems that even silicon
Reality is inside the human skull said O’Brian
It has no external dimension
With a dismissive flick of my hand
I remake the laws of nature