Carrots, and Other Lies You Are Told
Humanity has always been Post-Truth
Carrots make great spies.
In fact, this humble root vegetable — and the secret that it kept — is probably the single biggest reason that Britain held out against the German Luftwaffe during World War II. All because carrots help you see in the dark.
Or so the Germans were told.
In 1940, British fighter planes were fitted with newly-invented Airborne Interception Radar systems. This on-board radar allowed British pilots to swiftly intercept incoming German Bombers and, later, to accurately identify bombing targets during night raids over the Channel. The Germans were understandably shocked by this show of incredible nocturnal aptitude and were desperate to find out how the British were able to seemingly “see in the dark”.
Enter the mighty carrot.
The British Government simply leaked a few “important documents” detailing their reliance on carrot-vision and produced a few cinema newsreels with visions of British pilots devouring mountains of fresh carrots in the mess hall. The rumor mill went wild, and the story of the Great Root’s incredible “bunny-vision” powers spread throughout Europe like a case of influenza. Within months, German fighter pilots were being forced to eat so many carrots that they started turning an unfortunate bad-shade-of-fake-tan.
Yep, the carrot had gone viral … and the British radar remained a secret for many years.
I think Winston Churchill — leader, spiritualist and the custodian of many war-time rumors — summed it up best when he said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
Wise words that are sadly still relevant today.
Those who follow the teachings of Buddha are aware of two types of truth — absolute truth and relative truth:
- Absolute truth is also known as Universal Truth. These are the laws that govern the way our universe works and these truths apply whether we believe in them or not. The Flat Earth Society may trumpet their views as loudly as they like, but our beautiful planet will ever remain a sphere. By the same token, humanity may continue to ignore the 96% of the universe we cannot measure nor understand, but the Truth remains that we are still susceptible to its influences.
- Relative truth is truth that is based on a personal viewpoint or bias and is unfortunately rife in modern society. Most people these days are unaware of how many skewed — or simply false — commonly-touted “truths” we are bombarded with; historical or current “facts” that have been fabricated, exaggerated and perpetuated for religious, political or material gain.
For many centuries, history has been written by the victors (militarily, religiously and socially) and this has created pervasive bias in our knowledge base and our collective worldview. Just as parents around the globe now encourage the consumption of carrots for increased night vision, many of us are still basing our opinions on subjective (and often false) information:
Donald Trump: “I think Islam hates us…. There’s a tremendous hatred there.”
Hillary Clinton: “ You could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.”
More disturbing are the historical lies that have become a fundamental part of our society and have perpetuated unnecessary fear and prejudice. In Western countries, many of these false truths originated in the corrupt and overtly political arena of the Medieval Christian faith and include:
- the defamation of Islam, (the Crusades were created as a political diversion by an ambitious Pope)
- the deathly lies about ancient religions such as Paganism and Witchcraft (world views based on love and oneness with nature)
- the rejection of our most potent abilities (our higher intuition or psychic (psi) awareness)
According to factions of the gushing media, we currently live in a Post-Truth era — but this pronouncement, itself, is misleading. Truth has always been elusive and debatable in the common populace; our view of the world has forever been at the mercy of the powerful.
In order to grow, prosper and evolve, we need to wake up, engage our intelligence and stop forming our personal world view on the ideas and prejudices of others. The biases and lies that have invaded and shaped our daily existence need to be questioned and confronted. The truths we inherit via celebrity endorsements, social pressure, religious teachings, favored media, or viral social media posts must be challenged and researched.
Despite what we have all been told, it is a sad fact that eating carrots will never, ever help our night vision. It is also true that many other “facts” we hold to be self-evident are, actually, outdated or inaccurate.
Therefore, the only way we can learn to see this world more clearly is to challenge all that we have been told to believe, and to understand that the ultimate Truth — of life, of humanity, of the universe — may still be unknown.
The enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. ~ John F. Kennedy
Kim Forrester is an award-winning author, educator and intuitive consultant with over 15 years’ experience as a professional intuitive and spiritual teacher. She combines cutting edge science with traditional spirituality to offer the latest understandings of psi, consciousness and holistic well being.