The more I dig into 1918, the more I confirm that the media and government rarely tell the truth. It’s as if they’re unable to do so. Like they have some sort of disease.
1918 is a bit complex. You have WWI on one hand and a true global pandemic on the other.
Lying was a war strategy, much like present-day football injury reports. And it was also a tactic to attempt to control the population.
People were catching the “Spanish Flu” and dropping dead hours later at an alarming rate. Seemingly healthy teenagers and young adults were gone like that. Bodies everywhere. Doctors, nurses, and hospitals, in general, stretched past capacity.
Yet in this instance, the media was basically assuring everyone that there was nothing to see here. Fear will kill you and give you the flu. Some refused to report on it at all. You didn’t see what you saw. Move along.
Fast forward to today. We have a far less lethal situation (yes, it is serious, some people are dying, hospitals are filling up, the staff is overworked and overwhelmed, but in comparison, the situation doesn’t hold a candle to Spanish Flu) and all you see are reports all day long that we need umpteen shots or we’re all going to die. Quite the opposite approach, and when history is written, we’ll find evidence of the web of lies spun around the globe.
I don’t have any real answers beyond vetting your sources and not believing everything you read verbatim. The best lies have a basis of truth in them. Study history. True history from old journals, printed books, and public logs, not necessarily just old newspapers. Research. Ask logical questions. If questions get you labeled as a heretic, you’re probably onto something. And good luck getting people to listen to you when you do have an epiphany. Most don’t care to hear it. Some don’t like their utopia to be disturbed.
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