Truth vs. Reality

100 events, 50 positive, 50 negative. Show one person the 50 positive. Show another person the 50 negative. You’ve shown both true events, but shown neither reality.

Yet it seems that the way the we consume information is happening this way more and more often.

The amount of events happening in the world every single day is far beyond what any one person can fathom by reading, watching the news, being out in the world, or trying to stay informed. In the United States alone, there is 330,000,000 people with 24 hours in a day, that’s nearly 8 billion hours (~12,500 human lifetimes of experience) of “human experience” every single day in the United States alone.

Is it actually possible for any news story, any source of information, to capture all of that, distill it down and tell everyone else about it in the hour or two they have free to watch the news?

No. It’s not.

It can’t possibly be.

Doing so would would be the act of being omniscient.

No one knows all.

What can we do about it?

I’m not sure, but I do know it starts with awareness of what I’ve posted here.