By Damian D. Sanderson
Is anyone else a bit tired? Pissed off? Frustrated with every narrative that comes your way? Every obnoxious re-write of fact that plagues the truth behind it? Why? It is who we are.
Consider these statements: Columbus was a conqueror, a hero, a discoverer of worlds! The Indigenous, drunken, disease ridden savages that were uncivilized. Red high-heeled shoes, dresses, make-up, and wigs are a sign of wealth and prosperity, honor and respect for women.
Fast forward, rewind, move to another country and it is a different story with a different slant, depending on the need.
Nowadays, high-heels are only for women, red bottoms no less. Check your history books from the 10th century on. Dresses are for girls, regardless of the long standing traditions of kilts, Roman tunics, smocks, robes, and Japanese kimonos worn by men. Long hair is "hippie" and certainly not manly, until it was, and then it wasn't again. Democrats are baby killers, big government, and pedophiles. Republicans, uneducated, greedy, and corrupt. Isaac Newton failed math in school so you too can be a genius! The "fake news" narratives go on and on.
We are a species that has the keen ability to spin, re-label, and twist a story to get what we want or need.
To protect our young.
To feel comfortable.
For better or worse, it's what we do because it has always been a major piece of our survival for individuals, our communities, and our nation. As the saying goes, common sense isn't all that common.