I love google.
I have no idea how the generations before us even learned new things. I mean sure, they had dictionaries and encyclopedias, but those only gave them a paragraph or a couple pages of info, while our generation has unlimited access to all the information we could possibly want.
The problem is, their sources of info were much more accurate then ours.
There is so much information online that we can very easily find tons of articles to back up our theories.
However, even if you make a great case for or against something it isn’t hard at all for me to do a simple internet search and create a very convincing, opposing argument.
My point is?
Somewhere in the middle of all the noise, the truth can usually be found.
Here’s my guide to navigating the internet:
1. Listen to Your Gut. We all have that internal intuition that tells us if something is true, false, genuine, fake etc… but you know what we tend do about it? We tend to ignore it. I think we should pay more attention to it though and when our gut says: ‘Whoa hang on a second, something feels off here!’ We should be asking the Holy Spirit why he’s giving us that uneasy feeling. He doesn’t always answer immediately but over time he will bring to light the darkness that was hidden underneath.
2. It’s False until it’s proven to be true. You know how lawyers say: ‘innocent till proven guilty?’ We’re going with that idea except switched around since the internet is most often guilty.😆
Basically, just take everything you read or watch with a grain of salt. If you know nothing about the person behind the post then you have no idea what they stand for and no reason to believe what they are promoting.
3. Don’t Rely on One Source. I know some people like to find sources they trust and then they simply follow them. This isn’t exactly bad, but it’s been my experience that no one person gets it 100% right every single time.
I would say if you read a hundred different articles and pick out the points they all agree on, you have a much more accurate view of the big picture then you do if you simply trust one article in its entirety.
4. Process fully before acting. If we have a theory, it’s extremely easy to gather information to support that theory. I guess the question here is: ‘Do we want to prove ourselves right, or do we want the truth?’
The best way to find the truth is to put the info we have on the back shelf then watch as more info, different angles, thoughts or opinions come to light. Then we can reevaluate everything we think we know and decide it it lines up with all the new info we’ve gathered.
Give yourself a week or so to process new information. At the very least sleep on it. And never take anything at face value if your gut says something is off.
5. Follow people you trust. This one almost contradicts number 3 but stick with me here, it’s different, I promise.
Don’t follow just one person but find a variety of people who might have differing opinions. (just make sure they have the correct theology on the gospel tho.) You see, hearing different opinions helps keep us on that middle ground instead of ending up in the ditches of extreme on either side of this middle ground.
Also, if you follow people you trust, you can tune in to what they are saying about the article, video or situation you’re trying to navigate.
6. Extremes are rarely accurate. We’re going for the middle ground here, right? We’re looking for the truth, yea?
I’m not entirely sure how to say this in a way that will actually make sense so I’ll use an analogy instead.
Life is a lot like an action movie. We’ve got the bad guys and we’ve got the good guys. (This analogy holds up in the physical and spiritual realms. Mostly.)
The bad guys are bent on destruction while the good guys are trying to stay one step ahead of their evil schemes. I think most people can agree that this is the case.
But then we’ve got the extremists who say this isn’t a simple action movie, this is a full blown horror movie. I don’t doubt that there is some truly horrific things that happen in the world but I also don’t think that every single thing has a deep, dark, demonic agenda behind it. (Like the peace symbol, Starbucks logo and I’ll even mention 2020 Super Bowl) These things might not be good, but neither do I believe that they are intentionally trying to bewitch me.)
And then there’s the extremists who say this isn’t an crazy action movie, this is simply a sweet hallmark movie. You know, the theory that continues to cling to the idea that the government has no hidden agenda but is simply looking out for our best interests. It’s pretty hard at this point to ignore the facts that say this isn’t true but according to FB some people are still desperately clinging to this theory.
My point being: extreme theories in either direction are rarely accurate.
7. Note the tone (or the spirit) behind the video or article.
Here’s an example of what I mean: The video ‘Plandemic’ rubbed me the wrong way but it took about a week before I figured out why.
Here’s why… The lady in this video carried a ‘victim mentality.’ Her story was about how she was mistreated and why Fauchi is wrong. Sure she made it sound like her goal is to bring the truth to light, but the vibe of the video said her voice had been silenced and she was going to be heard in any way possible. It also said quite clearly that she has a bone to pick with Fauchi.
All this doesn’t necessarily mean that she was fabricating stories, but it does mean that she was emotionally involved and her opinion was biased which makes her an unreliable source of accurate information.
Again, if your gut warns you about something, there’s usually a reason behind it.
(Disclaimer: That is my opinion on Plandemic, y’all might have totally different vibes from it… so follow your gut not mine.)🙂
8. Don’t follow someone that has a track record of being wrong. If someone gets it wrong repeatedly, how do we know if anything they say is true? In my opinion these sites or people are wasting your time.
9. One article or site that has an opinion that no one else shares is rarely correct.
If you can only find one site, video or article on a theory, it’s probably inaccurate information since it has no one or nothing to back it up. The truth is usually hidden within the lie, but rarely does it stand alone in plain sight. Darkness wants to hide the light, not just push it in a corner where it’s still easily seen.
10. The internet has policies so removing a video doesn’t mean they’re hiding something. Last but not least. The internet (YouTube specifically) has policies and guidelines. They might not do the best job of censoring everything and their opinions on what’s bad and what’s not might be different then ours but the bottom line is this: Plandemic broke more then one of their policies.
Also if you upload porn to YouTube they will remove it.
My point being: Just because a video is removed doesn’t mean it’s good, true or accurate. It might be accurate but it might also not be.
So, there you have my internet censoring opinions. There is more I could add and probably a lot that can be taken the wrong way, so with that in mind, let me just say this:
If we really want the truth and if we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, it is possible to find useful information online.
However, it is easier to to follow random bunny trails and end up with tons of useless or inaccurate information if we don’t carefully censor it all.
Disclaimer: This blog post isn’t meant to be strictly about Plandemic or the covid 19 situation, it’s about censoring internet (or even real life) information as a whole. It is however easiest to use current situations as analogy’s.