In a rapidly changing world in which the flow of information by major media outlets is controlled by corporate ownership and investors with an agenda we, the public, are easily manipulated by selective and biased reporting.Â Therefore, it is critical that you think for yourself and dig deeper than surface reporting in an effort to be truly informed.
Example:Â The Egyptian Revolution.
President Obama, as well as mainstream and social media, were enamored with the recent revolutionary uprising in Egypt.Â Each was certain the uprising was democracy in action and a harbinger of better things to come regarding Middle East relations with the U.S. and Israel.
Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, the reality appears to be something altogether different.Â What is emerging from the chaotic aftermath of the riots in Egypt is a very vocal and vehement expression of defiance against the United States and a blatant intention to destroy the State of Israel.
I find two conclusions instructive from events as they have unfolded:
1.Â This Administration and the media fueled the flames of uprising with a false premise and now that the winds of change are directing the fire on a deadly path, both are disturbingly and shamefully silent.
2.Â Mubarak may have been a dictator but he was also an impediment to Muslim extremism taking hold within Egypt.Â (Not to excuse his dictatorial hold on the country, but rather to highlight the possibility that unless you have set in place enlightened leadership or a viable alternative plan for governance, it may be best to bypass revolution as a vehicle for change).
As to my point about inner guidance, I think that as the days of rage unfolded on camera, common sense (or just plain checking in with your â€œgutâ€) probably told anyone who was conscious and not living in a fairy-tale-wishful-fantasy world that events in Egypt were at best precarious and at worst foreboding.
Unfortunately, time has proven the latter to be the case.
The most valuable lesson to take away from this experience is that reality is best obtained from within rather than imposed by external sources…Â too often motivated by an agenda that is little concerned with our well being.
Let us not behave like sheep but rather individuals who possess the wisdom to tune in within and surf our own channels.