Once again, I am thankful to my thoughtful and incisive friend Sophia at Sophia Ismaa Writes for tagging me in this Blogger Challenge. It’s been inspiring, has forced me to think seriously for 3 days in a row, and best of all has been fun. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to pay Sophia a visit. Oh, and a bit of shameless self-promotion: I have slowly been accumulating a selection of choice quotes at my Goodreads account, which you can peruse if you’re interested.
On my way in to work today, I heard a disturbing report on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition about how the Sinclair Broadcasting Group compelled over 100 of its news anchors around the country to read a prepared statement criticizing other media outlets’ biased reporting and how Sinclair has consistently pushed a message in support of Trump’s agenda and is now seeking the Federal government’s approval to expand its share of the media market. If you’re interested, you can listen to the report.
As I drove this morning, I wondered what theme to explore with my final quote of this 3-day challenge. After hearing the story above, I knew I had to share an entirely appropriate quote from sci-fi author and radical thinker Phillip K. Dick. This quote is from Dick’s 1978 speech “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later” and is collected in the 1995 anthology, The Shifting Realities of Phillip K. Dick: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings:
“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use them.”
The final part of the challenge is to tag 3 fellow Bloggers. Today, I challenge: 1) Ann Marie Bryant at Tales of a Family; 2) My good friend and First Follower Steven Williams at A Questioner’s Journey; and 3) the Poet at Poetry Talks. Should you choose to accept, I hope y’all are as inspired and have as much fun with this project as I have.
Since I established this precedent on day 1, I’m going to break the rules again by sharing one more great quote from Phillip K. Dick, from the same as referenced above: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”
Take care, be well, and happy Blogging!