Everywhere we look is propaganda. From the shameless Fox News, to the close to my heart Glee, everyone is selling an idea – whether “good,” “bad,” or “ugly” – on how to walk this life.
The first time I realized I was watching propaganda as entertainment was when it dawned on me that I had gotten through three seasons of the show 24 without being disturbed by torture being used as an interrogation technique. The show had completely dulled my sensibilities. I then understood that maybe that was the point – to make it easier for us to believe in a world where torture was necessary.
Everywhere we look, ideas are being disseminated, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, as it opens up avenues of discussion. Even we are doing it through our blogs. Our pages are lined with views to sway the masses. From the fabulous Rarasaur convincing us of the reality of magic and the hysterical Katie trying to lighten the load with laughs, to the ever sincere Cheryl seeking to stop the stigma of mental health and chronic pain through awareness, we are a collection of ideas that we believe in.
In thinking about what it is that I am selling – besides the desperate need for attention to validate my existence in the world – I have settled on the idea that I am selling the need for introspection – the need to not be satisfied with what we read or see without discovering our own truths – looking without at the world in a way that will force us to also look within for confirmation. This introspection is not in need of a religious, political or academic foundation but merely an awareness of who we are.
Yes, the Seeker’s Dungeon is also a propaganda campaign spreading the seeds of dissatisfaction in a world that is not even trying to be honest with us. In the words of Winston Churchill, “Once in a while you will stumble upon the truth but most of us manage to pick ourselves up and hurry along as if nothing had happened.”
But even I can’t take myself too seriously and rely on my fellow bloggers to remind me of the need for magic, laughs and awareness of others.
What is the Truth that You’re Selling?
Written for Dungeon Prompts: The message we’re selling
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