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Rewriting History

Updated on February 24, 2014
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Nicholl McGuire has been providing useful content on websites since 2007. Learn more about her business Nicholl McGuire Media.

Say It Ain't So.

I wish I could say that everything you learned in school was truth, that our mainstream media can be trusted, and your mom was always right, but the reality is that what we are being told by so-called reputable, trustworthy individuals, businesses, news organizations, community leaders, teachers, and others isn't altogether transparent or true.

When we watch a tragedy unfold before our eyes via television, print, or elsewhere, we are automatically drawn into the pain, turmoil, and sadness surrounding the situation. Most of us rarely think about doing nothing more than watch the "program" unfold while sitting back eating, drinking and commenting, "What a shame...Wow!...I can't believe it!"

A story that was reported last year, most likely will look a little different the same year or years afterward. Most often whenever the story reemerges there are new facts. Depending on who the story affects, determines how much information you, the viewer, will receive.

A small town story about a family brutally murdered may cause witnesses to question: who, what, where, how, and so on while some will look for specific details leading up to the murder. However, if the family was widely known, upper class, and had certain associations with groups (that prefer to be left out the story), even if members might be suspect in the murder, they all seem to disappear. The drama is somehow left with nothing more than a name, face, and "probable cause." Years later, as some details remain left out the story, new details emerge, but they are conveniently placed in history so that no one will bother to investigate the matter any further.

American history has a way of changing with the times. For instance, if what you were told back in the 80s about big government incited certain emotions and actions, a person or organization nowadays, if in their best interest, will take you back to that time to get you to behave in certain ways, but will change details so as to make a past issue appear relevant to modern day times (even though events of the day have little to do with what happened back in the 80s). Capice?

If one doesn't bother to question what he or she reads, watches or listens to, and chooses not to compare stories over time, then the viewer will do nothing more than regurgitate lies while helping those whose goal is to rewrite history whether good, bad or otherwise.

How Do You Know Someone in Your Family is Rewriting History?

For most of us, we know that our government, church, and civic group has a few too many liars bending and twisting truth so as to get what they want ie.) money, power and sex. However, when one is spouting propaganda in our own families, can we recognize it?

One. A relative often tells stories with, "We."

You might have a relative that loves saying things like, "We created that...it was 'we' who helped..." when in all actuality there was no "we." Maybe some family members didn't agree with whatever happened in family history. Avoid the temptation to spread stories to other family members without finding out who "we" are and whether "we" had little, if anything, to do with what your relative is claiming.

Two. The family member insists that what he or she is saying is truth and will challenge you to, "Go ask..." a specific individual.

Sometimes relatives will take offense when you act as if you don't believe what they are saying. When they behave like this, you have all the more reason to not only ask the "go-to person" (who might corroborate a story whether true or not), but also interview others.

Three. Your loved one takes out the photo album, plays a recording, or finds a family record (that may or may not be relevant to your family) to prove certain points.

If a relative fantasizes about his or her family coming from a long line of kings and queens--for example, what would stop him or her from going back in time to find something, even a little bit of information, to prove some things whether true or not?

Observe photographs. Pay close attention to eye shapes, noses, mouths and color of skin. Look for patterns in the way one smiles, holds his or her hands, and other things. Be sure others have similar photographs and family history. Obtain as much written information as possible. Ask questions of other relatives, family friends and others to verify all information shared with you.

Four. A family member speaks out against those who know, share and prove the truth.

From exaggerations to blatant lies, a relative will argue, ignore or even physically fight with those who expose him or her on misdeeds. The upset is nothing more than a distraction to keep from witnesses focusing on family history and more about, "What he did...why I don't like...and why no one ever believes me!" Don't fall for the family distractions to keep you from questioning truth, conduct your own independent investigation!

Five. The relative may get someone in the family to record family history in such a way where his or her opinion is fact and this person is the final authority or the only source for which to obtain information about family history.

Your relative may not have even been born around the time or old enough to know your great grandmother and great grandfather, but somehow this individual knows everything. Meanwhile, those who were born during the time period in question, and do have the facts, are discredited by the know-it-all.

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