The Truth Illusion

The Truth Illusion

2022, Conspiracy  -   23 Comments
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Ratings: 8.32/10 from 37 users.

'The Truth Illusion' is a sobering look at the most challenging issue the USA faces today: The Truth. What is it, what can we prove to be the truth and what is the impact on society and the entire nation when its citizens have polar opposite views or different versions of reality.

A different version of reality? Like a parallel universe of what is true and false? Is that even a thing? Isn't reality what happens in front of you, and if you all saw it happen, then it's real?

Well, yes, but as it turns out, as seen in American society today, context is key. Your particular context colors reality and when and how these events stand within the bigger framework of history as you understand it.

Proof is another aspect of determining what is real or not. Still, in today's world of alternative facts, conspiracy theories and fake news, all efficiently delivered to us via social media, it might not be as clear-cut as expected.

A civil war is brewing in the United States, a political divide mainly between Republicans and Democrats over race, sexism, media manipulation, and the spread of misinformation. This split has filtered down to the rest of the country, and a wedge driven between average Americans.

The USA has now devolved into a place where shared realities no longer exist, and democracy is threatened by its misconceptions. Traditional, respected authority figures such as politicians, scientists, teachers and journalists are no longer trusted, accused of spewing fake or twisted facts to push forward their agendas.

It is George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" come to life, where the character of Winston is tortured by Big Brother to believe that "2 + 2 = 5", And when he insists that truth is objective, proven by "2 + 2 = 4", the truth has already been manipulated by the State.

Americans, it seems, no longer trust anybody, not big business, not education, not family and friends, not science or media. This is directly tied to losing trust in their leaders, from a high 77% trust rate towards the government in the 1960s, dropping sharply to 25% during the 1980s with Reagan and Bush Sr in office. The Watergate scandal in the 1970s didn't help. By the time Obama and Trump rolled around, an all-time trust rate of 15%.

So what happens when a society now suddenly only trusts people, many on the internet, who share the same points of view that they do?

Democracy is threatened when its population is encouraged to believe lies, leading to increased chaos, violence and disruption.

And to quote Ethan Zuckerman, civic media scholar: "That may well be when democracy dies. If we have a sufficiently divergent fact pattern that we can't agree on a single reality to try to govern collectively."

It is a bleak view of the future of Western democracy, and hopefully this will change for the better.

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  1. Michael Lee Adams

    Was this paid by Soro's, Schwab, Bill Gates and so on???? Sounds like a brainwashing documentary for NWO of 2022. Very one sided. Everything they claim Donald Trump is doing is what this documentary has done. Welcome to 1984.

    1. Julie

      Agreed.

  2. Jason

    The most one sided documentary I have ever seen. Totally forgot to mention the lies and corruption of the 'Neo Liberals'. Total hit job, made by some old descendant of the Counter Culture.

  3. Nick

    .....absolute lie that guy saying ufo's were his drones back in the 80's, I've had over 50 sightings of alien craft not secret human technology or natural phenomenon, but real deal nuts and bolts alien craft, doing manovouvers that not even today's human made craft could possibly do. Besides, the 3 feet tall alien crew spotted doing something to their landed saucer, the 12 feet alien entities seen many-a-time outside their craft, explain that, or are they all military personnel dressed up in rubber alien costumes, lol. This subject has been flooded so much with disinformation that it has become unrecognizable. Alien entities are most certainly here, don't be fooled the lying media and this government guy in the above video.

  4. nauctavia

    moderator: oops, please correct my "its called the 'illusion of truth'" to say "the truth illusion"

  5. nauctavia

    interestingly, this comments section itself seems to demonstrate polarization -- various people seem to disagree "which political side" the documentary is taking. i see polarization itself as the documentary's topic. rather than the doc taking a specific political stance, i see the doc as showing both sides of various issues as positioning themselves as certain about truth. its called the "the truth illusion" because every polarized side thinks it holds the truth, regardless of how accurate or not that may be. this i think we are all more inclined agree on. watch the doc through that lens, and you might see it differently.

  6. Danny

    this is a liberal documentary one sided

  7. srwed

    This is another example of bias lying media. I thought this would be truth. Nope. Cant this Aljazeera get over their Trump Deranged Syndrome. This could have been an excellent documentary if it wasnt so bias. Where is the Center reporting? Thats all we want. Truth.

  8. T Harris

    "That which is hateful to you, do not to your fellow(neighbor)" Hillel, 1st century Jewish Scholar

  9. Zef Rose

    If space aliens landed and asked you to take them to your leader, to whom would you take them?

  10. DMC

    This is nothing new and we need this to wake up. Welcome to the illusion of self coppertops! ;) All we have to do is let go of Ego ;)

  11. Terry

    I was raised believing in and living by the following statement from The Bard:

    “This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    Thou canst not then be false to any man."

    If all humanity even knew -- much less practiced -- this two-fold key to peace among ourselves, the world could finally fulfill its incredible promise.

    The most significant handicap to truth that we all face, revolves around THESE particular men who co-mingle and manipulate truth and lies to create ruinous dissension among us:

  12. Ralph Hollister

    The election was stolen from Trump, that I'm sure of. Whatever you think of Trump, he was selected by the American people to be president and the Democrats pulled out all the stops to change that. I knew before the election they were going to go all in to stop Trump, he represented the people and not the Deep State which virtually anyone with any power in Washington is under the control of. So even the Republicans who supposedly supported him wanted him gone. The "Show" must go on.

    1. Ret

      "The election was stolen from Trump." Yes, the Pope isn't Catholic, my friend.

  13. Voluntaryist

    A much needed message to all, worldwide. Governments of the world all survive by use of violence, threats, fraud, e.g., propaganda. None are protective, humane, sustainable. Why? Authoritarians are against reason, rights, choice, individual sovereignty. They don't solve problems, they make problems. Their politics, their political paradigm is the root of the problem.
    A new paradigm based on individual sovereignty, reason, rights, choice, would use voluntary cooperation, non-violence as the social moral code.

    Presently, there is no code, justification for the initiation of violence against innocents is democracy, i.e., rule by consensus. This changes when an elite manipulates media.

    Before freedom can replace authority, individuals must think for themselves, reject being led, being told what to think. That will require learning how to think, which is discouraged in public schools. Obedience is rewarded, needed, to exploit. History is the sacrifice of the many by themselves, to the few. This must change for humanity to survive.

  14. Don Duncan

    A much needed message to all, worldwide. Governments of the world all survive by use of violence, threats, fraud, e.g., propaganda. None are protective, humane, sustainable. Why? Authoritarianism is anti-reason, rights, choice, individual sovereignty. They don't solve problems, they are make problems. Their politics, their political paradigm is the root of the problem.
    A new paradigm based on individual sovereignty, reason, rights, choice, would use voluntary cooperation, non-violence as the social moral code.
    Presently, there is no code, justification for the initiation of violence against innocents is democracy, i.e., rule by consensus. This changes when an elite manipulates media.
    Before freedom can replace authority, individuals must think for themselves, reject being led, being told what to think. That will require learning how to think, which is discouraged in public schools. Obedience is rewarded, needed, to exploit. History is the sacrifice of the many by themselves, to the few. This must change for humanity to survive.

  15. Alex Klein

    I'm literally 1 min in and this is blatant propaganda. There's so much to unpack, firstly a large proportion of the clips are taken completely out of context. Secondly, it's material like this that plays a huge roll in silencing ANYONE speaking out with concerns about the virus and the restrictions / measures that were carried out. Speaking as someone who isn't on either side of the political spectrum, this IS very clearly a biased documentary, and a false depiction of those featured throughout. Shame on Al Jazeera

    1. Voluntaryist

      Yes, this doc is biased, but toward the exercise of individual thought. The truth or falsehood of a specific event, social policy, politics, is not relevant. The examples shown distract the viewer from the only point that matters, determining the truth, discovering reality. Truth is not found by consensus, by so-called group think, group consciousness. That is an illusion used to distract, confuse, and stop an individual from thinking for themselves. Those who would use violence and fraud to stop free-thinking are doing so to gain power for self gain. They are the enemies of humanity. But, no violence is needed to defeat them. All you have to do is learn to think for yourself, to trust yourself, your mind, not theirs.
      People look to leaders they can trust. That's a mistake. If you want someone to trust, trust yourself.

    2. nauctavia

      watch the rest of the doc. i don't think its taking a political side. just showing that there's polarization due to propaganda, and its unclear which is propaganda (which, in my view, is necessary for propaganda to work).

  16. Razzle Bathbone

    Irreversible climate collapse is the scientific reality. THAT is the "truth" everyone should focus on.
    "On the edge of extinction, only love matters."- Prof. Guy McPherson
    "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe." - H.G. Wells​
    ​"The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who haven't got it." - G.B. Shaw

    1. Don

      "Human history becomes more and more a race between education (learning how to think) and catastrophe." Few think. Most follow beliefs of others with authority. This is socially safe, but psychologically harmful, not our nature as humans. For self-confidence, self-esteem, we need to assert our right to our sovereignty, our conscience. "Going along to get along" is not healthy, mentally or physically.

  17. TRUMP 2024

    Ive never seen a more biased , mor democratic POS in my life then this so-called documentary !! All so one sided to lthe leftist BS thats always pedal on these kind of insanely stupid and liberal fed agenda's !! just absolutely disgusting !!

    1. Don

      The main point is: Who do you trust, yourself, your mind, your conscience, or what someone else asks you to believe on their word? Or, "Who do you trust, me, or your lying eyes?" as Groucho says.
      You can always defer, temporarily, while you gather info and think, but in the end, you must use your mind, or value another voice over yours.