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The question of credibility, and credulousness, is much in my awareness these days. I am observing some very savvy and intelligent people making assumptions based on the credibility of some information sources I consider to be highly suspect. For example, I myself do not automatically trust that official pronouncements by our US government or military spokespersons are necessarily true.
However, many believe this, and then base their further opinions and even their actions on this assumption of trustworthiness.
But for a dog, it's the nose that knows. On garbage day, Sally, one of the dogs I walk, is just a big old canine bundle of delight. We walk along and two or three times by every yard I have to urge her onward, she is so busily immersed in learning whatever dogs learn by smelling what was just there.
"It was just there! Right on this spot! And there's a lot to know about it, if you'd only let me sniff a little longer, oh please!" I imagine her saying in protest when I pull her along. (Truth to tell, she doesn't protest, but is docile and agreeable always. That's a good thing as she outweighs me by quite a lot!)
I have the idea that the information Sally gets that way -- and which I am not about to try to translate! -- is entirely trustworthy and true. Oh sure, it is no doubt possible to create odors that will fool a dog's nose, but it takes a lot of work.
I suspect that would take more work than it takes to fool us, we who depend on words, and the collective agreements we believe we are participating in, as a means of assessing truth. It's pretty easy to work with that, if you have some agenda other than direct communication.
The stink of garbage has no agenda; the dog gets the raw truth from that sensory input.
I think we need to cultivate a similar sense. I believe we have it nascent in us, to suss out the stink of garbage, and learn what it is REALLY telling us, even if it is masked by well-spun words.
And we really need to be aware that any words we hear from official sources are going to be well-spun, according to an agenda.
Even apparently well-intentioned individuals in positions of some power cannot be trusted always to speak truth un-spun with agenda-driven goals. Some of the individuals I used to trust implicitly have shown themselves to be more false than I would like to have to acknowledge. However, in my defense I have to say, I did get the whiff of this. I just said to myself, oh, THAT person would never do such a thing, I must be misunderstanding something here.
And then I worked to make the excuses for what I smelled that would allow me to go along with the necessary credulousness and trust. It's taken me a while to remove the layers of spin, and smell what I smell. But once I did, there came a sense of relief, and reality settling in, and pieces falling into place, and dots connecting, where before there was a tension that never seemed to resolve.
That's one way I know I've come to the truth, finally, that release of tension, tension I might never really have acknowledged was there because I worked so hard to ignore it, or blame it on my own lack.
I hope I can learn something from Sally, and start trusting my nose before my mind.