“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”
William Casey, CIA Director 1981-1987
I might always be alone in this but when I read a quote, such as that, I can’t help but wonder.
That childlike curiosity springs forth.
I know and understand that Casey stated this, in the 80’s, which to some might seem like an eternity ago, but the question to me becomes, “Why?” Why say something like that? Why be so damn candid?
Oh, silly peasant, they always have their reasons.
Someone can tell you why, but you probably wouldn’t understand, or believe it.
It was obviously not true. He must have said it in jest, or it was taken out of context.
No one owes you an explanation for anything. Stay in your lane.
Why are you even mentioning it?
Who are you to inquire about the ways, agendas, and motives of anyone.
What credentials do you have to question that type of statement? I don’t see a framed degree on your wall.
Dude… it was 40 years ago… get over it, and get a life.
Don’t believe everything you hear, or read. What if the quote was a complete fabrication? Where did you find it?… the internet??
When I was a youngster, I was told constantly, “Don’t believe everything you hear, and read. Question everything.”
Authority figures. TV scientists. Pastors. Elders. Parents of my friends. Hell… even some teachers would say it.
As an adult however, questioning things becomes taboo. The childlike curiosity and wonderment is intentionally stripped away layer by layer, until it’s gone completely.
Not enough time in a day to question things. Life is too short and there’s too much to do. Leaving us with the tried and true method of “trust.”
Trust what “we” say and “do.” There’s no other option.
Trust requires belief. Faith.
The more taboo something becomes, the more I desire to explore it, regardless of what it is. It’s engrained in my DNA now. I… question… everything. I can’t help it.
And after I’ve had my fill, I come to my own conclusion(s). And I keep those conclusions close to my chest.
That’s why I don’t take issue with the “caveman mentality.” Instead of arguing with people, sharing recycled memes on social media, or paying any attention to mainstream nonsense, I prefer sitting at the little bonfire behind my house, staring into the crackling flames: silent, lost in thought, questioning motives, agendas, and the ways of others. Making notations. Generating time-lines based on provided data. Having the appropriate conversations when warranted.
Serene. Relaxing. Zen.
Only nature, stillness, and peace can bring my serenity.
The “real world” provides no peace.
So… a caveman I shall remain. I will navigate and exist in the real world as it is designed around me. However, when I’m finished with the obligatory necessities and priorities to maintain that “existence”, I promptly return to my cave.
The fire is always calling.
Not too much to report tonight, overall. Nothing more than a weekend rant of sorts.
In regards to novel activity, I went a step further and included another beta reader for the sequel, to achieve a balance. Thinking his viewpoint and input might be important down the road. I’m quite excited for the feedback from all parties.
While waiting through the process I’ve returned to book 3, and am halfway through another companion novella which will be titled, “The Hunter’s Proper Name” and if anyone is familiar with the Kallarian culture and characters of the Guardian War Universe, it should be a fun read. If nothing else, it’s fun to write.
I received my first Amazon review for the Companion story. The reader made a point to say they would be interested in more shorter installments, like the expanded universe companion.
I like to deliver.
The Hunter’s Proper Name has been in the works long before the review was posted, but I do enjoy creating the short stories as well as the epic length “chonkers”.
To be blunt and honest… it’s just super fun making stuff. Quite addictive.
Crypto Talk with Jere
I foresee some increases and hikes involving taxes in the near future.
The Capital Gains will be the one that hurts investors (well… everyone… not just investors).
Invest ten bucks. Make twenty bucks. Cash out twenty bucks.
Taxed 48+% on that cash out. Not taking into account the “Gas Fees”, and the bank transaction fees… you’ve now probably lost money.
Definitely something I will always keep in the back of my mind. Always have to consider the variables at play. Some future decisions might be made and adjusted based on the new tax plan, but I’m not worried overall. Taxing comes from cashing out. As long as holders hold, it all stays private.
And I suppose that’s all I have in the tank for tonight. The Surrender Game eBook drops to $.99 during the early morning hours of Labor Day and will remain at that price until 9/13. I hear good things about it. Come check it out.
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