~If Everyone Says "It's True!" ...Beware!~

Galileo and his telescope
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Galileo faces the inquisition.
Galileo faces the inquisition. | Source
"Reds" Movie Poster
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President Reagon
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Misconception No.4 -- If Everyone Says It's So, It Must Be True

Yep--"The world is flat!"

A few centuries ago, everyone said that the world was flat and the Earth was the center of the universe. Even the simplest observations would have indicated quite contrary, but everyone accepted the fallacy without question.

Galileo attempted to show the world, with his telescope, that other planets existed in our solar system. The great minds of the time were assembled. Galileo fixed his telescope on one of the nearby planets and requested that everyone view the proof of his discoveries.

When they refused to peer through his telescope, Galileo picked up a passing dog and had it peer into the eyepiece. He announced, "Let it be said that a mongrel dog would not refuse to look at the truth when confronted with it!"

"Truth " often lies in believing the opposite.

Anyone who speculates in the stock market regularly will tell you one of the most successful tactics for making money is to find out what everyone else is saying and do the opposite.

When everyone is shouting it is the time to buy, this is a clear indication to me that it is the time to sell.

Distortion abounds at every turn.

Gross misrepresentations are often accepted as being the truth by an unsuspecting public. My roommate from CMU, for example, quoted that he was going into the hardware business when the truth was that he was going to work for his dad who owned a hardware business.

The distinction may seem trivial but my roommate's version of his future implied that he was going to make his own way in the world, while actually his future had been laid out for him by someone else. Subtle changes in wording can really give the wrong impression.

Governments and politicians are notorious for outright lying. In a 1982 film, "Reds," Warren Beatty's character became disillusioned because the presidential candidate he supported on a "no war" platform and then drew our country into a war six months after the election.

Governments lie to us every day.

Governments routinely announce that their currency will not be devaluated. This clearly tells speculators that the devaluation will occur within a week.

President Reagan promised the voters that he would balance the federal budget if he were elected. He then produced the largest deficit in history.

In actual practice it is often difficult to find out the real truth about anything. News reporters, who sincerely wish to report the truth, can only report what they are able to find out from others, who mayor may not know the truth. Even then it may be subtly changed for various reasons.

Homogenized News

By the time we are given information about an issue of the day, it has passed through a number of channels. The information is a commercialized package to be sold to the public.

If someone says, "It's so," be suspicious and find out the source of the original information and suspect his motives. When everyone is clambering that we won't be going to war, or the budget will be balanced, look for the sources of information. Ultimately, evaluate their motives. They'll tell the public anything it wants to hear in order to get elected, and you will have found the real truth.


The above was written in 1985. It is as fresh today as ever and its truth, in retrospect, is evident. It was a prediction of the events up to today and it will stand as truth as we move forward. Only the names have changed.


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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Excellent Hub Reynold and wise advice. My motto is to be skeptical of everything. Research statements with several sources before believing it. Everyone has some sort of an agenda where they skew the truth or cherry pick facts.

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Reynold Jay, truth is timeless as you've just shown Thanks,


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Reynold, I love the story of Galieo and the dog...

How often these days are we bombarded by a whole lot of clever words to disguise what is really being said! I agree we should be suspicious and dig a little deeper for that truth.

Thank you for sharing an excellent hub.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you everyone, above! We are all up early this morning and the three of you found this within a few minutes of publication.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Truth also seems to have a short life span. Minutes after the truth is announced, the talking heads on the news begin putting their own spin on the truth, and soon it is not the truth anymore.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

I think you "got it" all right.

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alanlsg 5 years ago from The World

A very good Hub and as per my Hub The Truth it makes one think and thank you for that.

Kind regards


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Alan--Yep, we think alike, that is sure.

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Sueswan 5 years ago

If it is to be good true then it isn't.

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angie ashbourne 5 years ago

Hi! Reynold Interesting Hub, I like the song from John Groban "Calileo" Angie

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Sue--thanks for the comment. Angie--John has a wonderful voice. I'll try to find relevant videos for my HUBS like I did in this one. Thank you for mentioning it.

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Al Bacon 5 years ago from Fraser, Michigan

great hub, and very true. I found once that if you read newspapers from around the world you often see one story in one paper and the same story in another but changed to reflect the prejudices of another place.

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Truth is often hard to detect because of our previous conditioning.I actually got insight into politics from my children who were smart enough to not accept everything their teachers told them.

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I have always questioned things and my favorite question is "WHY" If we can understand "WHY" then the answers to the other questions who,what,where and how will eventually fall into place and we will know it all.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thank you, gentlemen for the astute comments. I'm happy that nobody is arguing with me so far on this. As to "WHY" much of the time it often comes down to following the money.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

How very true. For these reasons and more while I was still living in N.Y. I didn't read a newspaper or listen to any news if I could help it for a long time. Now here in Riga the government is so darn "untruthful" that I turn a deaf ear to them.

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Reynold, I was a day trader for a while and can support the point of your article, when everyone was screaming ying, the reality was 'yang'. Critical thinking needs to be used to avoid the trap of following the crowd without any real reason of your own to support it. Great Hub Cred2

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Mr. RJ! I couldn't agree more. Far too often we accept the "truth" that others present to us, later to find out that their "truth" is the devil in disguise. Voted up, up and away!

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Gypsy, Creedence2, and Dexter, all my great Hubber friends!

Gypsy-- Turning off all the negative spin on the news works for me to.

Credence2--I did some heavy trading several decades ago and learned the importance of thinking apart from others.

Dexter--Let's all look under the hood when we are searching for life's mysteries.

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Good hub Reynold. Plenty there that needed to be said.

In fairness to politicians though.The situation that they find when they take office, and really get to look at the books, is often radically different than their perception of affairs prior to their gaining power.

That is often why they are forced to break some of their promises.

They are not all just bad.

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Chris this excuse is used by all of them so they do nothing about it. If we know, how can they not know? No more excuses, as the red queen would say "off with their heads".


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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Oh oh --I see controversy developing here! Big Jim is flashing his badge. "They are all under arrest!"

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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Your titled pulled me in as it rings of the truth.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Truth is truth...Hard tell'n where you might find it anymore.

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vidhimayur 5 years ago

yes even truth in today's world has different faces!!

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Yes, a "land conquered" to some is a "land lost" to others.

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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Intriguing truth here...I often vote for/against something because of 'who' says what about it. Well, indeed! Great hub here...and I loved the video song.

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Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Thanks for the comment as I cherish each and every one. I did go to your most recent HUB and put in my 2 cents!

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Dreamlin 3 years ago from New Jersey, USA

A great hub. I so agree with you. One can’t simply trust a person because he/she has the authority. It’s so easy for the professionals to lie. Know the truth and trust yourself are your best bets. There is an interesting real life case proves just how corrupted the US law system is. http://hubpages.com/education/Fraud-in-America

Money and power rules the court room. The great United States is no different than the third world, undeveloped country. Anything is for sale, including justice. You can’t really trust people, especially the judges and lawyers.

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kanzb 21 months ago

This is so awesome :D and the truth. I mean seriously we trust people blindly, go by what they think or say without knowing and have to suffer as the result. Eye opening :)

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kanzb 21 months ago


I think around 3 years ago you visited my hub and you liked it. :) I have started writing again and hope you will visit my hub and find it 'not so bad.' :)

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Reynold Jay 21 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

Hi Kanzb, I bet I will love it. I'll go there now and see what you have cooking. I'm not that active here as I have moved on to a chlidren's series that will be released in September "The Wurtherington Diairy"

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kanzb 21 months ago

I logged in after ages too because I am missing writing alot. :)

So awesome and cool that you are writing a children's series. :) Looking forward to it. :) We are never too old for a little bit of childish fun. :)

Yesterday I visited your hub and got to know that you are a published author. I know I am so late, should have visited earlier. :) but will keep up now.

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Reynold Jay 21 months ago from Saginaw, Michigan Author

You can always contact me by writing anything at all in a HUB and I'll get the message. Thank you for writing. It is my hope you will write that novel and read those books I mentioned as you could very well be the next Henry Miller! It is a way to let loose and tell the world what you think of it. I must agree that all is not roses and rainbows in this world we live in.

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kanzb 21 months ago

I hope so too. :) Thank you so much. :) Good to know somebody is there to guide me. :)

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