Here are three sets of photos as shown to an acquaintance recently:
That is Taylor Swift and the photos clearly indicates two people. She is twins.
That is Paul McCartney and the photo clearly indicates two people. He is twins.
That’s a photo of Amy Goodman, which she asserts is her at a younger age, coupled with Janice Joplin. They are the same person.
What was interesting is this: In the first two sets of photos, my acquaintance immediately began looking for similarities and concluded that each set was of the same person, and that no twins were apparent. In the third set, he immediately began looking for differences!!! He concluded that they were different people because the hair lines do not match precisely.
This is about human psychology, nothing else. Swift and McCartney are twins, easily apparent. Joplin faked her death as was re-purposed as Amy Goodman. They are the same person.
But I was not asking my acquaintance to agree with me. By showing him polar opposites, people who are different who are supposed to be the same, and people who are the same who are supposed to be different, I was asking him if he could admit to having been fooled. And the answer was no.
He has been fooled, three times. He cannot admit that. This is the nature of the beast we are dealing with.
Propagandists know never to confront people as they live in their skin. They know to work with people as they are, and fool them in place, allowing them to run with their illusions, never upsetting their belief systems. Beliefs are changed only gradually, by means of subtle nudging, often taking years, as with the current push to get us to give up our guns.
If an immediate change of opinion is necessary, agitation propaganda is used – fake mass shootings and bombings and the like. But mostly the recent fake mass shootings, since they have not led to wars, are being used to keep us in a state of tension, unable to think clearly. That’s a large part of why we are so easily fooled, as with the photos above. We are kept in a state of fear.
Consequently, in our country, which is awash in propaganda, hoaxes and lies carry the day, and truth tellers like me labor away in obscurity, the subject of ridicule.
Liars usually carry the day. That is the basic fact about our country.