“Alternative facts and fake news are just other names for propaganda”
― Johnny Corn
Yesterday, I had one of my students express his concern with hearing something about the world coming to an end in a few days. Nonchalantly I said, “Oh that’s horse pucky.” And then in the same breath, said “who’d you hear THAT from?” I’m used to the kiddos saying things they’ve heard in the hallways or at lunch. Through my experiences working with teens for decades, I’ve gotten used to these insignificant words of nonsense.
But he came back with, “No, I’m serious…I saw it on the news!“
It’s difficult to not speak the ‘good news’ to our students when untruths such as these are being put in the face of our youth, especially those who come from poverty stricken home lives that unfortunately grapple at the minds of their parents also.
However, I do the best that I can to shake these nonsense headlines from their souls in order to comfort kids and lesson their anxiety; it’s hard enough just getting them to understand the importance of their education.
“The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions.”
― Thomas Sowell,
“All control, in essence, is about who controls the truth.”
― Joseph Rain,
Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew 24:36: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”
Scripture is clear: none of us know. Neither Meade nor any of the dozens of conspiracy theorists are justified in claiming foreknowledge of an event that Jesus tells us they can know nothing about.