Unfortunately the world is full of lots of that is untrue, three-fourths true, half true, etc. Furthermore, lots of stuff that is true isn’t mentioned, because of PC or other pressures.
Making good personal decisions is incumbent on having good information. Lots of stuff comes at you, proclamations by family and friends, TV, the web, social media, etc. Probably much more information is thrown in your face than in times past. How might one go about trying to determine the validity of it all?
I am sure that readers have their tips, and will hopefully share them. Perhaps this post will the first in a series. Here are some tips.
One approach is to look at predictions made by whoever, be it friends or newsmen. Remember those predictions to see if they happen. If they don’t occurs as stated, the credibly of that person/viewpoint takes a hit. For such people, reality isn’t their friend.
Along the same lines is to consider just the facts of situations, without any attempt at framing. Freed from clouding attempts, try to determine how the real world is actually working, rather than how somebody is trying to tell you how it works.
Of course, emotions are things that can be manipulated. Look for attempts to manipulate thes, especially if it appears that facts are deliberately not being discussed.
A big tip off that something nefarious is afoot is when it appears that facts and logic are deliberately being avoided.
And so on, and so on.
Through the course of time, with keen practice, one can develop skills to sort through incoming stuff and decide what is BS and what is not. Probably it won’t be easy. Sometimes the BS is strong and well guarded; for example, the blue pill. Still, good decisions are good decisions. Don’t start-change yourself.