The “truther movement” burst upon the American (and global) landscape after September 11 in response to a perceived and real lack of transparency by governments around the world about the true state of affairs on our planet. Such a movement had been growing for a long time, but that day and what followed galvanized and catalyzed what had been a disorganized bands of people seeking greater government transparency on a wide array of topics.
For those immersed in mainstream culture, the truther movement is largely misunderstood. The establishment has effectively painted the movement as “right wing” “conspiracy nuts”. At its best, the movement is nothing like that. At its worst, it sometimes can be. Some see it as outright “Obama bashing” or “Obama hating” because many truthers questioned the President’s legal citizenship when he was elected.
Names like Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and Alex Jones joined the popular vernacular. Each elicits the auto-conditioned responses according to the common right-left paradigm. Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor according to your personal narrative. Alex Jones is a lightning rod of awakening or a dangerous right wing voice, depending on who you listen to. I saw a post on Twitter recently that read, “Yeah. If you quote Alex Jones or other right wing nuts, you can click unfollow.”
My thought? How sad that social media has made unfollowing so easy and dialogue with those we don’t agree with so hard.
There is no positive emotion involved in unfollowing people because they disagree with you. It can only be based on fear, anger, or conditioning. You can’t learn anything or solve anything by reverting back to your tribal thinking and avoiding those who disagree. Yet, this has all too often become the way we deal with ideas that mess with our world view.
The truth is that this movement has done much to bring awakening and transparency to a system badly in need of it. The truth is that truthers run the political spectrum from libertarian to conservative to liberal. They’re young and they’re old. Their awakening happened because of a personal experience or a major world event that didn’t add up with what they had always been told was true.
- They sense something is not right with the system.
- They believe that more openness and transparency would profoundly improve the situation.
- They believe that the powerful hide behind the lack of transparency to conduct the world in a way that does not benefit the human majority.
- They believe a better world is possible.
However, the movement has been plagued with infighting, infiltration by entities of the powers that be, and a poor bedside manner that turns off many of the people they would hope to awaken.
Every day new people are “awakening” and seeking answers, but for the truth movement to engage these folks and gain their support for change, I believe the movement needs to remember the following.
- There are many real conspiracies, but not everything is a conspiracy. I see attempts to turn everything controversial that happens into a conspiracy. This harms the movement’s credibility with the larger population they hope to engage.
- Have a positive alternative vision. The system has earned much of the rage against it, but that rage alone achieves nothing. An angry movement will only replace the current angry system with a new angry system. When you begin to learn that much of what you’ve been told is true all your life and every day in the media isn’t, you become angry. Many truthers get stuck in the anger. For the movement to affect a profound change in society and the course of human civilization, it must not be all about anger. It must become about positive, transformative solutions. Being mad is a first step, but it won’t be enough.
- Actions and outcomes, not motives. One of the huge pitfalls the movement comes in ascribing motives to people. The Global Elite is doing this because they… or President Obama wants to undermine… Let’s stick to the facts and the outcomes that actions have. Trying to ascribe motives becomes a divisive, political, and ultimately unprovable activity. The fact is we can’t know the motives, but we can see the impacts. That’s enough.
- Avoid grouping people together. I hear this one all the time. “The U.S. wants to…” or “Israel is doing this…” or “The Muslims are doing that…” or “The Catholic Church is behind…” This is similar number three, but makes the conspiracy all about some group. Millions and billions of people belong to these groups and many do not know and have no part in supporting the claimed conspiracy. All of these groups have amazing human beings and nefarious ones. Keep your accusations to targeted individuals and See #3.
- Put it down sometimes. I see truthers who are 365/24/7. Everything becomes about their battle against the elite. Breathe, spend time with friends and family, smell a flower, listen to the rainstorm. Even though there are many conspiracies out there and much harm being done, you’ll burn out going at that pace. Remember there’s a hundred times more good happening in the world than bad…despite the perception created in media. We’re working to expand the positive and give every human being on this planet a chance to know the truth and build a life around it.
This movement and what it achieves depends completely on us being better human beings, examples of what the better system we hope for can be, and not having to become the system to change it.
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.
He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.