I can most highily recommend A mind is a difficult thing to change: my change story. a multi-part series at neoneocon.com about learning to open our eyes and see the world as it actually is, instead of wishing for a world that doesn’t exist so that we never have to step out of our comfort zones.
It’s fascinating. And it calls attention to the need to always learn and always question our assumptions and received wisdom, and to be careful about relying on visual media like war photographs as a source of reliable information.
In fact, you have to be careful about relying on any media outlet as a source of reliable information.
There is so much more to say about this topic, but for now, I’ll just say that I’ve had a similar experience over the last ten years, both learning new things that would have been very nice to know before, and learning that many of the things I thought I knew were actually 180° wrong.
As she points out, the sense of betrayal from such an experience is quite strong. And it definitely does suck to realize you’ve been buying lies and spin for decades. But it sucks even worse to realize that, and then continue to buy more of the lies and spin anyway.
It’s never too late to learn. And when politicians bring their usual ration of platitudes meant to separate you from your money, in order to shift the balance of power towards an ever-more-corrupt government and away from you as an individual, do you want to be armed with facts, or fantasy?