This post takes on a special urgency after listening to an everyday conversation but not commenting. If you are somewhat “aware and awake” with regard to current events, your literacy is extremely important: I literally sat there and heard someone say, very definitively, XYZ (fake news) and then another person replied with ABC (facts).
- Get a grip on your own problems. That is a reach for most of us of course. You can at least recognize that you have problems and that there is an emotional connection between those problems and the cause you represent. I cannot emphasize this enough. The more you cut off your emotions and put them in a box, trying to focus only on the cause, the more your advocacy sounds, basically, like you with your head over a toilet bowl, vomiting.
- Don’t fool yourself that the cause you represent is perfect.
- If you’ve read my blog for any length of time over the past six years you know that I am a Q follower and Trump supporter. For a time I told myself that both were perfect and could do no wrong. I think I felt backed against the wall by the insane amount of hatred directed against Trump, but still, it wasn’t balanced.
- The idea of Trump as some kind of all-knowing wizard, backed by a team of all-knowing military intelligence operatives, was encouraged by the Q messages (“we have it all”) and supposed Q proofs which were very complicated assertions that seemed to tie back to previous moments in time (as Q said, “future proves past”). The reality is that Q has been generally right, but also is a psychological campaign that privileges surveillance while also criticizing its abuses.
- Supporters of Trump frequently marvel at his ability to “somehow” know things or to “magically” be constantly five steps ahead of everyone and everything. He very well may be a genius, but he also can’t do everything on his own, and frankly he goes to the bathroom like everybody else, meaning that he has messed up like we all mess up.
- Choose your time and place. Spouting off everywhere, all the time, on any topic only expends your energy and reduces the extent to which people want to hear you. I tell you this as someone who definitely lost perspective after beginning my journey toward genuine awareness of current events. It was a mix of my own past personal trauma, my tendency toward hyper-empathy, my exposure to horrible stories of personal trauma, and my realization that we were in real danger that probably made this inevitable.
- Stick to facts not drama. Many people are open to hearing “the truth” meaning your version of what’s going on, but they don’t want your histrionics or an emotional filter. Be objective; most people and incidents are complicated. If you talk about people being all-good or all-bad you are immediately recognizable as a shill. Talk about anomalies; bad people do things that are irregular. Focus on hypocrisy, cover-ups, patterns of bending the rules for themselves and their friends while prosecuting innocent people. Learn about the people, their networks, and their public record and talk about the human stories behind the news. Also, consider the source and how they’re slanting the story. For example, did the FBI really lose the Hunter Biden laptop, or were they on Capitol Hill to talk about a different matter altogether, and not authorized to go off-topic?
- Read a lot. Censorship exists, but they haven’t burned all the books yet. They’re also making movies with a fair amount of good historical information. The more you immerse yourself, the more you get a sense of patterns, and that’s important because patterns tend to repeat. When you’re in a conversation and attempting to convey your point of view, your manner, body language and tone will resonate as someone who is in command of the things they are saying. Remember, most communication is nonverbal and the other person isn’t going to fill out a survey at the end of the conversation confirming that your version of reality makes sense.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.