TANSTAAFL (There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch)
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein
Reading a book on the statin hoax (The Great Cholesterol Con) reminds me why skepticism must be one of my core values, in order to minimize the degree to which others will be effective in trying to take advantage of me.
Whether it is global warming (first global cooling, now climate change), carbs are good and the basis for a healthy diet, saturated fats are bad, WMDs and other lies used to justify invasions of other countries, etc., the list of frauds perpetrated on the gullible public is endless and if anything massively accelerated by the internet and the infotainment that passes for the news these days.
Even when “proof” is provided, I must always keep an open mind to the agenda behind the persons presenting the evidence and be willing to do my own research on its validity. Consensus, real or popularized, is not a substitute for the truth, and if anything is an indication that the matter being debated should be scrutinized with extra caution.
I must never forget that governments and corporations will use lies, big and little, to advance their agendas for their own interests, not mine. I must ask myself, “who benefits” from actions I see proposed or forced upon me. Me, or the corporation or government behind them.