“Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think the most upsetting and terrifying thing about the current administration is the blatant strategy of attempting to gaslight the American people and the world at large. Gaslighting is a form of emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation where the abuser twists the truth and tells those confronting them with it that they “have it wrong” “they didn’t say that” “they heard wrong, understood poorly, saw something that didn’t happen” despite clear evidence (remember “facts” those sweet jewels that have in and of themselves been victim to this, or you know, recorded conversations, documented incidents...) to the contrary.
The term came from the old Ingrid Bergman film, “Gaslight” where an incredibly destructive, abusive, and selfish man “gaslighted” her to the point of madness, by all sorts of manipulation but in specific, causing the gaslights in the home to flicker on and off, while he was sneaking around in the attic, hiding his lies, and then telling her she was imagining it when she mentioned it, denying it even when he was in the same room when it happened, using this as “proof” that SHE was mentally unstable and thus he needed to further restrict her freedoms (ie; her contact with reality which would be his undoing) to “protect her” from herself. And of course she doubted herself, her sanity, her own mind.
It is a potent form of abuse and manipulation. And I was about to write, that if you have ever been in a relationship like this, to express my understanding and support. But I have realized we are ALL now in a relationship with someone doing this. And we must not, not, not, swallow our truth, the truth. Facts Matter. Truth Matters.
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