This circle represents all the things you could potentially know — if you knew everything.
For many reasons, what we think we know is usually fairly limited as compared with the potential evidence.
The truth is, only God truly knows everything.
To be concise about it, here is a list of reasons why certain kinds of knowledge will forever be obscured from our view:
- Our brains can’t comprehend everything.
- Our emotions give us blinders.
- Our spiritual level is debased.
- We don’t have direct experience.
- Someone is lying to us.
- Information is omitted from our view.
Ethnomethodology helps us understand things like why are we supposed to say “fine” when people say “how are you” or “great” when they ask “how was your weekend.”
Ethnomethodology is the social production of order from complete chaos. For people need to think everything is okay--and that limits their knowledge, too.
A sociologist named Harold Garfinkel pioneered the concept that we force everyday life to be normal, even when it’s not. He used something called “breaching experiments.”
Husbands and wives will relate. Quoting:
Case 3: “On Friday night my husband and I were watching television. My husband remarked that he was tired. I asked, ‘How are you tired? Physically, mentally, or just bored?’”In this experiment one romantic partner intentionally “breached” the other person’s expectations of reality and the result was violence.
S: I don’t know, I guess physically, mainly.
E: You mean that your muscles ache or your bones?
S: I guess so. Don’t be so technical.
(After more watching)
S: All these old movies have the same kind of old iron bedstead in them.
E: What do you mean? Do you mean all old movies, or some of them, or just the ones you have seen?
S: What’s the matter with you? You know what I mean.
E: I wish you would be more specific.
S: You know what I mean! Drop dead!”
I sort of dragged out that example to make a point about the political climate in which the 2016 campaign took place. Because it was totally and completely abnormal, by any measure:
- Insanely, egregiously biased coverage.
- A political candidate who literally had everybody in power “in the bag.” Nationally and internationally.
- Her opponent a total outsider to politics, and on top of it hostile to the Establishment.
- Both of the candidates known or suspected to have a personal knowledge of the underworld.
- Both of them suspected of mistreating people sexually.
- One of them known to have misused classified information.
No — it was not a normal situation at all. And I know this from direct experience because I was vilified for supporting Donald Trump. In fact, we all (meaning all of us who supported him) knew that to say anything in his favor meant a deluge of hateful, hateful attacks.
There was an insane phenomenon where people had to secretly support him, meaning they voted for him but would never tell a soul.
I lived through this and I still live through it. And I observed how the media went insane over any issue that seemed to benefit him and hurt her.
Even the way Bernie Sanders folded to Hillary when she stole the primary was insane.
But no matter what happened, it was CNN’s job to pretend everything was normal; generally the media’s job was to wring its hands at “the rise of the alt-right movement.”
Thank God, He put me in a sociology program (scholarship out of nowhere) and gave me experience in marketing and government. So I can tell you all of this with confidence: much of what has passed for "knowledge" production in the public sphere over these past two years is total bullshit.
Obama, a great marketer but also a very evil man, fooled many of us very well. Like Bill Clinton did.
The collusion was not between Trump and Russia. It was between these presidents, and earlier ones, and the machines that propped them up and sold us soda and candy for breakfast.
- This is the machine that gave us war after war after war, when all we want is peace.
- This is the machine that sends Black people to jail en masse, when White people are the ones committing the crimes.
- This is the machine that tells me I am a heartless pig for wanting a safe and secure border. And just like Hamas, they hold up children as human shields. (If you don’t want to be separated from your children at the border, don’t try to cross here illegally!)
- This is the machine that flooded America with MS-13 to the point where they rape an eighth grader and nobody is willing to follow up on that aggressively because guess why.
- This is the machine that gives us a gang that stabs a man more times than anyone can count and then they rip his heart out of his body.
- This is the machine that looks away as children are placed into foster care group homes where they are groomed by other children to be trafficked.
In the production of “normal” nobody from the Today show is doing a segment on the many, many, many indications of occult worship, pedophilia and mind control in “the industry.” Noooooooooooo.
And so now we can talk about the Department of Justice Inspector General's Report about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton emails, a.k.a. the "Midyear" investigation (section-by-section Word export here), because now we understand that many things interfere with the production of knowledge.
It goes without saying that many things also interfere with the conduct of an investigation.
- Most broadly, and invisibly, institutions have a survival instinct just like people do. So there is bias to avoid any activity that will put the agency in danger of being dismantled.
- There is the bias that the agency is a good place and its culture and rules make sense. That the governing laws are sufficient. Those matters are supposed to be accepted without question.
- There is the bias that an agent is there to simply do their job which pays the mortgage. And the agent naturally does not want to see their finances or their family suffer because of something they did on the job in the name of keeping an investigation pure.
Or — and this is frequently discounted — they simply do what they are told.
In the federal government your job is assessed on performance, meaning how well you do your job. But you can get in trouble for conduct, meaning how you do your job — your behavior. And you’re expected to avoid conflicts of interest, and to keep politics totally out.
The central question of the report is not what happened in this specific investigation. It is whether the institutions called “DOJ” and its subsidiary “FBI” are set up to do the job right.
A prime example of the reality, which is that they are not set up properly (either functionally or from an accountability standpoint) is that there was no public information shared about any images found on Anthony Weiner's computer.
The Department of Justice and the FBI are who we look to when it comes to prosecuting such matters, and in the IG report the reference to “crimes against children” is limited to mention of an agent’s notes on p. 294. Subsequently, pages 295-331 of the report are essentially a series of excuses as to why the laptop was not properly reviewed.
This is an absurd and evil omission and it is not normal.
This is not about politics, it’s not about garden variety trash talk, it’s not about text messages between lovers. It’s none of that.
The people who care about the contents of that laptop do not care about how its discovery compromises the reputation of an adult. They (we) aren’t reducible to a stereotype from an elitist trope about “deplorables.”
The people who care about the contents of that laptop are everybody. They are grandmothers and grandfathers. They are Black and White and every color on the spectrum. They are believers in God and atheists.
That’s the truth.
If our current government setup is ultimately failed and corrupt when it comes to protecting kids, its partner is most certainly the media, which aids and abets this.
It is disgusting. It is wrong.
Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. This post is hereby released by the author into the public domain. Coffee photo and black-and-white drawings, by the author, are also released into the public domain. Cover photo by Counselling via Pixabay (Creative Commons).