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Against the current

by Tatyana Weyrens

What governs our lives? What makes us make the decisions we make? Have we gone with the flow and no longer have the strength to get out without someone else's help? Do we "swallow water" and feel that we can't even catch our breath? Can we soberly judge what is good and what is bad for us, and can we recognize the lies that aggressively attack and intrude on us?


Today, the world is ruled by highly developed technologies - it is easy to communicate. We have iPhones and high speed internet constantly available. We are informed. We can find any information at any time. Everyone can read and learn literally everything that interests him from countless sources.


We know very precisely what is fashionable to dress, how we should look in order to be liked, to be invited everywhere and to be preferred for company.


Here I will focus on three directions in which it is possible to be "slipped", deceived and manipulated. One is related to information, the second to communication and the third to self-acceptance. The first defines what comes as an understanding of new things and events around us, the second defines the relationship and relationships with people around us, and the third - how we look at ourselves. To a large extent, things are connected and overlap, but I will now try to distinguish and analyze them to make them easier to understand.


Information

Let me start with a few questions. The word "information" means a message, information about something, information. How are people informed today? What are the most common ways of information nowadays? Do you think all the information available is telling the truth? How can you be sure that the source you are reading or listening to is telling the truth? In what ways do you think some sources manipulate public opinion and distort the truth? How do you think it would affect your life if you took everything said and written for truth?


One of the most popular scams we fall into most often is exaggeration. This is one of the usual ways to distort reality. This is a tool in which adding to the truth aims at a more impressive / scary / remarkable effect. Most often it is in the headline or introductory information to draw attention to what follows in the message. Thus, the reader or viewer is already reading or watching with an attitude and prejudice that prevents them from accepting information critically.


Another trick is to hide part of the truth. Thus, the fact is also given another meaning by manipulating the consciousness of the recipient, not providing him with all the information, and all this in order to create settings and attitudes in society that serve a higher purpose.


A third option is purely and simply a lie, in which a quote, photo or other type of information is attributed behind a big name or event, which only hints at the truth, but in general totally distorts it. For example, a few months ago a quote from CS Lewis from his book The Letters of the Soulmaster was circulating on Facebook, which had nothing to do with the truth and attributed to this author words and thoughts he had never written in this book.


The same effect is achieved with a superficial comparison, which at first glance is quite accurate, but due to the fact that public opinion agrees with the superficial layer of information, it does not go deeper to think about whether