How Donald & Hilary are both telling the truth

As we approach full swing election-itis in the US, we’ve reach that point where accusations of lies are almost daily and each side is equally appalled by the opposing candidate & ignorant of their own.

And while there are certainly truths in some of the accusations of lies by all candidates (sometimes I wonder if candidates forget the internet & video recording existed before this election), there are also statements which may be both true & false depending on your relative vantage point & social anchor.

What do I mean?

Take a look at the example below of a well known psychological mind-trick known as the Mcgurk Effect:

Crazy, isn’t it? How can your eyes & ears be processing different vantage points — how can what is true (Ba) also be false (Fa), or vice versa?

Back on the political stage, perhaps this may help those of us dumb-founded by how the other side doesn’t see that we have a country-destroying choice vs. the only hope for our futures (largely the same view held no matter which party you’re voting for).

As the McGurk effect shows us, perhaps not everything that is true for us is necessarily true for someone else. Just because we see and hear one thing doesn’t mean that under different social vantage point that the phrase, or ideology, or theory, sounds the same to all people.

By no means am I excusing the white-lies, mis-truths, or all out bullsh*t comments that each candidate has at some point made and their supporters have defended. What I am saying is that politics, and thus elections, are not about defending whether you see (Ba) or (Fa) but about understanding how the same sound can be interpreted differently based on a different vantage point.

This concept, to me, is at the core of the Black Lives Matter movement. While it is a topic that warrants its own separate post, I think it is worth noting the underlying parallels that both sides can use to change how they listen, communicate, & hopefully understand each other.

To conclude, politics is a fuzzy business. We think within a transitive space, where ideas, statements, & people can be neatly compartmentalized into one space or another. But it doesn’t always work like that. You can be right, but so can the other side, even though what you hear is the same but what you see is different.

Sometimes both sides just need to close their eyes and listen.