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What’s Going On?

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“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”

Gloria Steinem

 

Aren’t we all kind of in the same place since the election? I mean feeling a little confused about what has happened and very confused about what lies ahead? Things we believed turned out not to be true. Things we were told and trusted turned out not to be true. Things that were true one moment became untrue the next.

When you don’t know whom else to trust, though, you can always turn to yourself. However, being a truth-seeker is not easy. It will take some digging, and I mean long hours with hefty materials. Fortunately, a brilliant friend gave me a lead about where to begin. She has been extremely excited about what she was learning in Dark Money by Jane Mayer. The subtitle is “The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.”

Groan. I’d really rather not know about this. But if you want the truth . . . .

So I dutifully set about reading; and much to my surprise, this book is riveting. Jane Mayer, who has received multiple honors for excellence in journalism, is basically a wonderful writer. It was also liberating. Page by page, I began to understand what’s going on in our country in a hidden way. And believe it or not, I began to feel a measure of hope that the outcome of this election could possibly serve to turn the tide against “dark money”. That’s my own thinking. You can always use what you learn to do your own thinking.

I will close with that bit of a tease and hopefully be back early next week with a blog on this topic. But to repeat my earlier point, this is a time when we have lost our bearings on whom or what we can trust. However, we can always trust our own intelligence and judgment if we really put them to work.

More soon.

 

4 Responses to “What’s Going On?”

  1. Orwell or Aldous Huxley? Les Fenter

    Whatever! We wait. And. . . . we’ll see. I understand “1984” is selling like hot-cakes; Good ol’ Mr. Kelso, required us to read and report on this epic. Thanks,

  2. Yvonne

    What a teaser…..can’t wait for your well researched, journalistic conclusions.

  3. Michaela Buhler

    Thanks for a ray of hope in these dark times! The turnout at the women’s marches all over the United States and the world also gave me hope and after your blog I might just get the courage to read “Dark Money”. Thanks Ellen.